In the summer of 2011, I was selected by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) to participate in the Washington Internship for Students of Engineering (WISE) program. Over the course of the summer, I researched and wrote a policy recommendation paper focusing the Development Innovation Ventures (DIV) program at USAID, which made suggestions for how the DIV program could better serve early-stage development practitioners while particularly focusing on technology-centric development programs. I presented my findings at the Rayburn House Office Building in August.
Side note, especially to engineering students: I cannot recommend the WISE program highly enough to other engineering students – it offers tremendous educational opportunities even for engineers who are not intending to go into policy work, and is a great way to spend a summer. Check them out!