Wisdom of Experience Gained Through WISE Program
Students looking to shape the building industry through public policy are invited to apply for ASHRAE’s 2013 Washington Internship for Engineering Students (WISE).
During the internship they will learn how government officials make decisions on complex technological issues and how engineers can contribute to legislative and regulatory public policy decisions.
“I think it's a one of a kind internship and it's a great learning experience for any student engineer,” Minjoo Lee, ASHRAE’s 2011 WISE intern, said.
Lee—who was working toward a degree in mechanical engineering from Bucknell University, Lewisburg, Pa., at the time—appreciated the opportunities WISE gave her to meet with important scientists and engineers who work with politicians to shape the country.
“Through WISE, I learned how to network and present myself in a professional manner,” she said. “It got me out of my comfort zone.”
Her experience with the internship also proved beneficial when it came time for Lee to interview for jobs.
“I actually ended up giving a small presentation on what I did with WISE when they [the interviewers] wanted me to tell them what kind of work experience I've had,” she said. “I can tell you that my now-employer loved it because not a lot of people hear about that sort of job experience from engineering students.”
Lee is now employed by Corning Environmental Technologies, Corning, N.Y.
An outstanding ASHRAE student members studying engineering and entering their final year of undergraduate study will be selected in the nation-wide competition to spend ten weeks in the summer in Washington, D.C.
To apply, visit www.ashrae.org/wise and download the application. The application period closes Dec. 31, 2012.
Founded in 1980, the internship’s goal is to groom future leaders of the engineering profession who are willing to contribute to the important intersections of technology and public policy.