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Washington Internships for Students in Engineering (WISE)


Due to increasing costs and changes among the sponsoring societies, the WISE Program will not be offered in 2024.

Stay tuned for updates as we hope to provide a similar internship in 2025.

AIChE selects undergraduate students each year as part of the Washington Internships for Students of Engineering (WISE) program. 

Engineering students entering their junior or final year of undergraduate studies are selected to conduct research on a public policy issue for 9 weeks during the summer. 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

Learn more about the 2023 WISE Interns.

WISE Interviews

Nomination Packet (Documents) 


A $2,100 stipend is provided.

DeadlineFebruary 1, 2023
Nomination 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) one letter of reference (at least one of which must be from an engineering faculty member who supervised your work).

We are taking applications for the 2023 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 the WISE Journal of Engineering and Public Policy.

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