Washington Internships for Students in Engineering (WISE)

Pictured above is the 2019 Class of the Washington Internships for Students of Engineering (WISE) program. AIChE’s interns were: Bradie Crandall of the University of South Carolina (Third from right), who focused on Preparing for the Worst: The Case for Solar Geoengineering Research and Oversight; and Cammie Hong of Bucknell University (Last on far right) who studied Addressing Management Challenges Within the Nuclear Weapons Complex to Streamline Plutonium Disposition.

AIChE’s WISE Program: AIChE brings undergraduate students to Washington, DC, each summer as part of the Washington Internships for Students of Engineering (WISE) program. 

Engineering students entering their final year of undergraduate studies are selected to conduct research on a public policy issue for 9 weeks during the summer in Washington, D.C. They have the opportunity to learn about the interaction between the engineering community and the government in matters of public policy, and to see how engineers can contribute to public policy decisions in complex technological matters.

Engineering societies, including AIChE, select and sponsor students for this program. Students in the program are under the guidance of a prominent engineering professor.

Selection criteria include:

  • academic record
  • essay
  • extracurricular activities
  • interest in public policy

For more information, visit the WISE Home Page at http://www.wise-intern.org

WISE Interviews

Deadline: 
December 31, 2019
Award: 

A $2,100 stipend plus housing are provided.

Instructions: 

Applicant must be (1) a Junior or Senior engineering student or a recent engineering graduate beginning study in a graduate-level, technology policy-related program; (2) a citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States; and (3) a student (or higher grade) member of the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE).

Only completed applications will be considered. A complete application includes: (1) a completed application form (two pages and two attached essays); (2) a copy of your official transcript(s); and (3) two letters of reference (at least one of which must be from an engineering faculty member who supervised your work).

We are no longer taking applications for the 2019 AIChE WISE Program. Please send questions about the WISE program to:

Heather Yuengling
AIChE WISE Program
120 Wall St., 23rd Floor
New York, NY 10005
Email: heaty@aiche.org

To see examples of previous years policy's papers please visit:

WISE Journal of Engineering and Public Policy

Nomination Packet (Documents): 

Award Winners

Cameron Hong
2019
Bradie Crandall
2019
Christina Chen
2018
Ishaan Joshan Dev
2018
Colby Buehler
2018
Lauren Bartels
2017
Julia Zhuang
2017
Elena Shanin
2017
Austin Wright-Pettibone
2016
Tomas Green
2016
Mena-George Basaly
2016
Jill Schoborg
2015
Jami Summey-Rice
2015
Kathleen Wu
2015
Sam White
2014
Sravya Khasnavees
2014
Erin Alderink
2014
Nicholas Kusanto
2013