Washington Internships for Students in Engineering (WISE)

Pictured above is the 2018 Class of the Washington Internships for Students of Engineering (WISE) program. AIChE’s interns were: Colby Buehler of the University of Connecticut (First row second from right), who focused on Hazardous Waste and the Case for a National Recycling Framework; Ishaan Joshan Dev of the University of California Berkeley (upper row last on the left), who studied how we should be responding to Synthetic Biology advancements in the DIT Community; Christina Chen of Yale (not available for photo), who advocated for rebuilding for resiliency through a study of the physical and institutional energy infrastructures in Puerto Rico.

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

December 31, 2019

A $2,100 stipend plus housing are provided.


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

Award Winners

Christina Chen
Ishaan Joshan Dev
Colby Buehler
Lauren Bartels
Julia Zhuang
Elena Shanin
Austin Wright-Pettibone
Tomas Green
Mena-George Basaly
Jill Schoborg
Jami Summey-Rice
Kathleen Wu
Sam White
Sravya Khasnavees
Erin Alderink
Nicholas Kusanto
Christina DeLago
Andrew Crothers