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National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Property Accounting Intern

May - August 2021 • Houston, TX

What I liked

This is my favorite internship I have ever completed. I was given real meaningful work that a full time employee would complete. They don’t give you busy work, as every project given to you has a direct impact on NASA’s missions.

What I wish was different

I wish the internship was in-person. NASA has strict Covid-19 restrictions in place right now. Most of the engineering interns were in person but all the business interns were virtual.

Advice

Take initiative, show enthusiasm, and push yourself to produce the best work.
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Strategic Management Intern

June - August 2021 • Washington, DC

What I liked

It was fun learning about how many projects go into a launch. Learning about how NASA has intertwined itself with startups and schools to help the US economy advance in education and technology all at the same time.

What I wish was different

Since I'm a dual major I really wished I got to do an engineering project as well instead of just business. Also i wished NASA respected Engineering technology degrees they are not very fond of them when it comes to engineering positions which did bring my confidence down a bit.

Advice

Make sure you don't get overwhelmed in the first two weeks. It will be a lot of acronyms that will have you very confused. There's so much to do and be apart of. I would definitely say three months is not enough time to experience all of NASA. A six month co-op or even a year round experience would be outstanding if I decided to go back.
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Student Trainee (Engineering)

January 2019 - August 2021 • Huntsville, AL

What I liked

Fun projects Great teams/people to work with Real engineering work/applications Internship club and other interns were great

What I wish was different

Most of it was remote because of covid Depended on project but some projects took a lot of training before I could start on real work Male dominated, 40+ age dominated Internship program coordinators we're consistently helpful

Advice

Mentors and the branch/team and the project you apply for/get assigned to will likely make or break this internship experience
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Intern

June - August 2021 • Los Angeles, CA

What I liked

That we got to work hands on with the project. Use software that is used in industry.

What I wish was different

That the upper management took concerns more seriously and assessed them more objectively, looking into the issues with genuine concern to find the root of the problems.

Advice

Be careful with interpersonal issues within the team. When taking it to upper management you might be “cancelled” and told by the lead management that”you won’t be very successful”
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Intern

June - August 2021 • Houston, TX

What I liked

I enjoyed the enriching learning environment and collaboration with my assigned mentor.

What I wish was different

As NASA is remote this year due to COVID-19, I wish I was able to visit in person. However, the intern leadership still made me feel welcomed and included throughout my experience.

Advice

Time goes quickly throughout this experience, I would definitely try and make the most efficient use of your time possible.
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Systems Engineer

January - May 2020 • Kennedy Space Center, FL

What I liked

I really enjoyed the atmosphere. Being a part of a work environment where you knew that your work had a special impact to what was going on. Everyday was a new experience attempting to complete tasks and it was nice because it was meant to be a learning experience.

What I wish was different

I wish I had asked for more work because sometimes there were waiting periods before new tasks.

Advice

My advice for being a NASA intern is to stay motivated and be sure to complete your tasks to the best of your ability. On a personal note, take the time to embrace that you are working in such a historical area; where men that walked on the moon also walked in the same buildings you'll walk in as an intern. To become an intern, my best advice is to work on small projects or clubs to showcase your experience.
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Mechanical Engineer

March 2019 • Pasadena, CA

What I liked

I work in Jet Propulsion Laboratory under NASA in Pasadena, CA. The best educational experience I have. Learning the science at school is a way of learning but applying it in real life definitely makes you memorize it and brighten up about it as well. I like to be presentable at all time with a supported date to my projects. I am comfortable with public speaking and responding to emails and presenting data to a crowd along with I enjoy the challenges in the work field. As an engineering student, being professional and ready to encounter any obstacle that shows up are my priority and this job has taught me all that.

What I wish was different

Nothing, I will have done it all again the same.

Advice

Pay attention for the same detail, you will learn great deal of stuff. I have learned a big deal of how research and development in finding new science is done. Learning straight from PhD engineers and scientists will make you learn a great deal through just observing the way, they are approaching the problems and solve them.
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Research Intern

June - August 2021 • Washington, DC

What I liked

Doing work that actually makes a difference. I was able to present my work to the leadership team and they took my findings to the next level and continued building on my work.

What I wish was different

Advice

It is what you make of it. You really do get back what you put in
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Software Engineering Intern

June - August 2021 • Stennis Space Center, MS

What I liked

I like the work itself. It was challenging and meaningful without being overbearing. I loved working with the various stakeholders, manager, and engineers, they were extremely helpful and supportive throughout the whole experience and went out of their way to check on me and ask if I had questions or problems.

What I wish was different

I wish I could have been on site or hybrid instead of remote, but that was not a possibility at the time.

Advice

If you show that you have passion for your field and for NASA's missions and are willing to learn, you can almost certainly find an opportunity that suits you somewhere at NASA. If you are just looking for somewhere to make some money while getting some experience, NASA is probably not the best place to go. They are not going to pay the best, but if you are committed and believe in NASA's goals, you can thrive there.
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Engineering Intern

June - August 2020 • Hampton, VA

What I liked

The ability to work along side of the best of the best in the space R&D industry!

What I wish was different

Advice

Don’t limit yourself due to uncontrollable circumstances. Keep pushing forward towards goals. When one is done, write another.
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Research & Programming Intern

June - September 2020 • Mountain View, CA

What I liked

Everybody was extremely friendly and the work was both interesting and applicable to real-world problems, which really isn't something you get often in university classes.

What I wish was different

The internship was completely remote due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which significantly dampened the whole experience. Of course, what I did experience was the best it could have been, given the circumstances.

Advice

Remote jobs aren't going away any time soon and will likely remain even after the pandemic ends. People need to learn how to properly conduct meetings via Zoom or Microsoft Teams and ensure they're providing as good of an impression as they would be in person. That includes (but isn't limited to) wearing proper outfits and making your area presentable.
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Data Analytics Intern

May 2020 • Stennis Space Center, MS

What I liked

I enjoyed working closely with various NASA mentors on my projects. I was given a lot of independence to make my own decisions and solve problems on my own. I have seen myself experience a lot of personal growth at this position. I gave a variety of presentations and improved my communication skills.

What I wish was different

Due to the pandemic, my entire internship experience has been virtual. I wish I could have been on site in Mississippi.

Advice

Take every opportunity you can to improve your written and verbal communication skills. There is no point in doing anything if you lack the ability to express yourself to others and transfer your expertise. As you work towards improving your technical skills for any career, make sure you spend an equal amount of time improving your writing and speaking.
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Data Science Intern

August 2020 • Victoria

What I liked

I love the friendly environment.

What I wish was different

Nothing, I love it.

Advice

Go after what you want, you might work for NASA.
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Systems Engineering Intern

May - August 2020 • Houston, TX

What I liked

The availability of my coworkers, intern networking and learning events, and inclusion of interns in discussions was a great experience.

What I wish was different

Handling of online support was a bit rocky at the start given the pandemic and last minute changes, so could have been better but it's understandable that things were the way that they were.

Advice

Be sure to attend as many intern events and talks as you can, as there's a ton to learn about NASA projects and experiences.
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Software Engineer Intern

June - August 2020 • Greenbelt, MD

What I liked

Meeting and working with very smart people. Listening to webinars from noble laureates and astronauts.

What I wish was different

Wish it's in person rather than virtual, and wish I have more interaction with other interns.

Advice

Virtual setup can be difficult be navigate, but ultimately it's up to you to maximize the experience you gain and seek out every opportunity you can to grow and make connections.
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Power and Thermal Systems Intern

May - August 2020 • Houston, TX

What I liked

I loved that I had a chance to make displays and procedures for the International Space Station. Getting to talk to the engineers who are in charge of operating the station and trying to find ways to improve on it has been a dream come true and it has solidified my interest in wanting to work at NASA

What I wish was different

I wish that circumstances with the Coronavirus had been different. Interns can only get so much out of online work, but it was made up by the efforts of the IT team at NASA and the mentors within my group who were willing to adapt their schedule and work around an online platform.

Advice

I would say to continue to be persistent. I never would have thought that I would be in Mission Control had it not been for my persistent attempts at applying to the internship.
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Student Expert

July 2020 • Huntsville, AL

What I liked

I've learned many new skills and the hours and work time were very flexible.

What I wish was different

I wish I had more direction and explicit instruction.

Advice

Set smaller goals for each day's work.
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Data Research Intern

June - August 2017 • Greenbelt, MD

What I liked

The connections and friendships that were created. I found this to be the most meaningful and long lasting effects of my Internship.

What I wish was different

That I was not behind a desk as much as I was. It was hard for me to remain focused in a dark and non collaborative work environment.

Advice

Never undervalue the ability of connection and how much those relationships will mean to you.
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Software engineer

September 2020 • New York City, NY

What I liked

Love the project based system, great mentors and staff that were very helpful. Learned a lot during this.

What I wish was different

Wish it wasn't remote

Advice

Use keywords when applying! Apply to a lot of projects. Spend at least 5-10 hours looking through all the projects and catering your application. I spent 10
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Liquid Crystal Facility Intern

February 2020 • Cleveland, OH

What I liked

I really enjoy the work culture, a great mix of academia and work! Everyone is so kind and is willing to teach you.

What I wish was different

I wish I was able to do more hands on/lab work. F(Due to COVID-19)

Advice

Keep applying!!
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