Each year, the Washington Internships for Students of Engineering (WISE) sponsoring societies select outstanding engineering students from among their members to participate in the nine-week WISE program in Washington, D.C. Students discover how government officials make decisions on complex technological issues, while also learning how engineers and scientists can contribute to the legislative process and regulatory decision-making.

WISE seeks applications from exceptional IEEE student members who display evidence of leadership skills and have a keen interest in public policy.


  • You MUST BE a citizen or legal permanent resident of the United States. You may not apply for the program if you are not already a permanent resident of the United States.
  • You must be a junior, senior, or entering your final year of undergraduate studies in engineering (or computer science). IEEE will also accept applications from engineering grads who are beginning Masters level study in a technology policy-related degree.

Staff Contacts

Erica Wissolik
Program Manager, Government Activities
Phone: 202-530-8347
Email: e.wissolik@ieee.org

Applications for IEEE-USA's WISE internships should be submitted electronically, but transcripts may be sent via snail mail to:

Kayla Henneberry, WISE
2001 L Street, N.W., Suite 700
Washington, DC 20036-4910


Visit the WISE Site for More Info

Visit the WISE site for detailed information about the program, instructions on how to apply, archived papers from past interns, and testimonials from past participants. Information on how to apply for summer 2022 internships will be posted soon.


Support IEEE-USA Student Public Policy

IEEE members may contribute directly to the WISE program and ensure that IEEE-USA and its partners can continue to provide this life-changing experience to U.S. IEEE student members. Your donation will support student public policy activities of IEEE-USA’s Government Relations program, including, the WISE program.

WISE Program Supporters

IEEE Foundation
IEEE Life Members Committee

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