Conshohocken, Pa. — ASTM International will sponsor Kaitlyn Bishay, a senior civil engineering major at the University of Alabama, for the prestigious Washington Internships for Students of Engineering (WISE) program. This announcement coincided with “Girl Day” of Engineers Week, which encourages girls and young women to consider careers in engineering.

WISE is a competitive summer program in Washington, D.C., offered annually to about a dozen engineering juniors and seniors interested in public policy. The program provides housing and a stipend.

Bishay is pursuing a degree in civil engineering with a minor in educational studies. She is particularly interested in civil and environmental engineering policy, specifically related to water. Bishay’s activities include leadership programs like “Beat Auburn Beat Hunger,” an annual food drive designed to end food insecurity in Alabama, and clubs such as the University of Alabama Asian-American Student Association and Crimson Clay.

After an internship with John Labib & Associates, Structural Engineers in Los Angeles, Bishay’s interest in policy developed, stemming from what she calls “a belief in a greener tomorrow,” and “the intersection of public policy and the public good.”

DiscoverE’s Engineers Week (http://discovere.org) recognizes the many contributions engineers make to society. The WISE internship is one of many scholarships and grant programs ASTM International provides to student members. Students can join free (www.astm.org/studentmember). For more about the WISE program visit www.wise-intern.org.

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