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National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Intern

June - August 2018 • Mountain View, CA

What I liked

Facilities, many tours, very cool work

What I wish was different

More intern events

Advice

Take advantage of everything
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Taxonomy Intern

May - August 2019 • Washington, DC

What I liked

- my team of mentors and fellow interns were very supportive - a very friendly group to work with especially as a federal agency

What I wish was different

- I wish i took more time to learn about their Technology Transfer program

Advice

- Don’t be afraid to ask to learn something new despite having work at hand. Your mentors will go out of their way to teach you.
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Safety Engineering Intern

June - August 2019 • Merritt Island, FL

What I liked

I got to learn more about the history of Florida and NASA

What I wish was different

Advice

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Rocket Propulsion Test Design and Analysis

June - August 2019 • Kiln, MS

What I liked

It was an overall incredible experience. I had the opportunity to make a heat radiation analysis tool that would be used by other engineers at the NASA center, which to me is the coolest part.

What I wish was different

Advice

If you’re on the fence about applying to NASA, I would encourage you to apply anyway!
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HR Intern

February - August 2019 • Houston, TX

What I liked

I loved how involved I was able to get in the everyday work of an HR business partner at the Johnson Space Center. From day one, I was treat like an employee and given responsibilities with customers. The guidance of my mentors helped me as I navigated working full time in such a demanding environment.

What I wish was different

Nothing! It was a great experience!

Advice

Get involved with the intern community at which ever center you work at. You’ll make some great friends and it will enhance your experience.
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Mechanical Engineering Intern

June - August 2019 • Cleveland, OH

What I liked

Hands on experience with real engineers and officials

What I wish was different

Longer than a 10 week program

Advice

Don’t be afraid to ask questions
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Intern

June - August 2019 • Hampton, VA

What I liked

I loved getting to learn from adults who have so many years of experience. I got to learn how to work with other people and I had the opportunity to attend many academic seminars which enhanced my knowledge on a wide variety of things.

What I wish was different

I wish I had made more friends during my internship to make my experience more enjoyable.

Advice

You need to apply early. Employees can begin to pick interns as early as they want. I loved this internship it gave me such a different experience and I got to learn a lot about outer space travel.
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Software Engineer

June - August 2019 • Houston, TX

What I liked

Great community and meaningful work

What I wish was different

More compensation and better working environment

Advice

Reach out to anybody/get involved
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Pathways Intern

May - August 2019 • Huntsville, AL

What I liked

I gained experience with FPGAs and PCB design. I also was able to work on a small project mostly independently, allowing me to see the engineering process from start to finish.

What I wish was different

I wish I knew more about FPGAs and VHDL beforehand.

Advice

Internships are a just another learning experience, so it’s ok to go into it not knowing everything.
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NASA research intnern

June - September 2018 • Palmdale, CA

What I liked

What I wish was different

Advice

Make the most every single opportunity presented and network as much as possible
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Intern

May - July 2019 • Hampton, VA

What I liked

I loved working in an environment with so many interesting projects happening. There were so many people to meet that all did such interesting work. I enjoyed using world-class equipment to work on a project. The people that worked there were all very kind and happy to teach me and work with me.

What I wish was different

I wish that the cost of getting out there and living wasn't so much. I ended up netting zero dollars over the whole internship.

Advice

Take the chance to get outside of your own project and learn about what everyone else is doing.
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Human Factors Engineering Intern

June - August 2019 • Huntsville, AL

What I liked

I had great mentors who were hands off enough for me to learn on my own but also were there to answer all of my questions.

What I wish was different

I wish it had been a slightly longer experience.

Advice

Go in with a positive attitude and a mindset to solve as many problems on your own as possible.
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Aerodynamics and Propulsion Engineer

May - July 2019 • Edwards, CA

What I liked

Fantastic learning environment with a lot of opportunities.

What I wish was different

Nothing, it was great!

Advice

Take every moment as an opportunity to learn something new.
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Rotorcraft Aeromechanics Research Associate

June - August 2019 • Mountain View, CA

What I liked

The people I worked with were incredible, the location was amazing (California is great!), and you are surrounded by hundreds of interns for the entire summer.

What I wish was different

My project itself wasn't as interesting as I would have hoped, but it was a great experience overall.

Advice

You get out what you put in. ALSO: don't work for NASA if you're trying to make the most money (especially in Mountain View).
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Flight Test Operations Engineer

May - August 2019 • Edwards, CA

What I liked

I gained invaluable experience working with real engineers on an awesome project. I was constantly surrounded by awesome aircraft and great engineers.

What I wish was different

I wish I could’ve stayed longer.

Advice

I recommend doing as many internships as you can, because they give you the experience needed to be successful in your future career.
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research assistant pvamu

September 2019 • Prairie View, TX

What I liked

the learning's experience was wonderful and I enjoyed working in a field that I very much enjoy. I also had to work with professional from who I could lear directly that would not hesitate to challenge me on new tasks

What I wish was different

I would have liked to be longer

Advice

do not hesitate rot show it if you don't understand something. ask questions because the answer to those questions will help you move forward. The very base of science is inquiries.
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Research Assistant

June - August 2019 • Mountain View, CA

What I liked

My team and I got to develop a product from the ground up. Unlike most internships we were not given busy work or someone’s half finished project. We’re we’re given full control over the design process and made the project our own.

What I wish was different

I would have liked more opportunities to touch base with my mentor to discuss the progress of my project. She made herself available for questions, but there was no formal design review in the middle of the internship to evaluate the project’s progress.

Advice

During this program you’ll only get out of it what you put in. It’s not like school, you don’t get fully developed assignments. If you want it to be easy you can slack off all you want, but if you really want the job experience you have to ask questions and tell them you want more challenging work.
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Summer intern

May - August 2017 • Greenbelt, MD

What I liked

Many great on-campus opportunities for interns to participate and learn about programs in different departments of interest

What I wish was different

More interactive working environment instead of the interns being thrown into a storage closet.

Advice

Dont hesitate to apply to an internship at NASA regardless of your areas of interest. They have opportunities in almost every field and welcome excited candidates.
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Operations and Flight Test Intern

June - August 2019 • Edwards, CA

What I liked

The team and its diversity, the projects, and opportunities of events and talks

What I wish was different

The location

Advice

Don’t be afraid to knock on people’s doors even if you think they couldn’t make time for you
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Intern

January 2018 • Houston, TX

What I liked

Friendly work environment with challenging work!

What I wish was different

A more structured outreach program.

Advice

Apply to as many internships as you can! You never know who might accept you.
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