ATLANTA — Founded in 1980 through the collaborative efforts of several professional engineering societies, Washington Internships for Student Engineers (WISE) has become one of the premier Washington internship programs. Its goal is to groom future leaders of the engineering profession who are aware of, and can contribute to, the important intersections of technology and public policy.

ASHRAE has been a sponsor of the WISE program for three decades. The program enables future engineers to see firsthand the importance of engaged engineers and scientists in the legislative process. Over the course of nine weeks, the students research a relevant technology issue and assess potential policy responses.

Entering their final year of undergraduate study, 12-15 outstanding engineering students are selected each year in a nationwide competition to spend 10 weeks in the summer in Washington, District of Columbia. During the internship, they learn how government officials make decisions on complex technological issues and how engineers can contribute to legislative and regulatory public policy decisions. The ASHRAE Washington office hosts an outstanding engineering student every summer through this program. Application deadline for the 2018 WISE program is Dec. 31.

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Publication date: 10/2/2017

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