http://www.jpl.nasa.gov

NASA - Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Software Intern

June - August 2021 • Pasadena, CA

What I liked

Amazing team, encouraging work environment

What I wish was different

It was remote, I wish it had been in person

Advice

Reach out to people outside of work! Get to know your coworkers!
Be the first to mark this as helpful

Chemical Engineering Intern

July 2020 • Pasadena, CA

What I liked

I love the diversity efforts and HBCU Roundtable discussions with other POC interns

What I wish was different

I wish I would have been able to join the facility in person but due to COVID-19 the virtual experience was greatly appreciated.

Advice

Learn MATLAB
Be the first to mark this as helpful

Mechanical Engineer

August - December 2019 • Pasadena, CA

What I liked

The atmosphere, people and every other Friday off.

What I wish was different

I wish there would have been more hands on experience that wasn't sitting at a desk.

Advice

It is different from any other engineering job you might have. The atmosphere is relaxed and everyone wants to help you succeed. Make sure to talk to as many people as possible to hear about everyone's experiences.
Be the first to mark this as helpful

Supply Chain Data Analyst

June - August 2019 • La Cañada Flintridge, CA

What I liked

There was not a single moment during my time at JPL that I was treated like the typical intern. Every person respected my input and gave me endless opportunities to shadow and learn from amazing business men and women.

What I wish was different

I wish I lived closer because the commute in the morning and late afternoons was taxing. However, my work experience every day offset this downside.

Advice

I knew nothing about space, astronomy, or even aerospace. I was nervous going in not having much background knowledge. However, my nervousness did not last long. I was surprised to meet people who have spent 30+ years at JPL and started off not knowing anything about space either. I grew a passion for the environment and research JPL and NASA conducts after just two months because it was a community that emphasized learning and understanding.
Be the first to mark this as helpful

GIS intern

August 2017 • Pasadena, CA

What I liked

I enjoyed using and expanding my GIS skills as the internship position was extremely relevant to my major.

What I wish was different

Advice

Be ready to learn some really cool techniques!
Be the first to mark this as helpful