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National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Engineering intern

June - August 2019 • Mountain View, CA

What I liked

The people

What I wish was different

The way tasks are assigned

Advice

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Engineering Intern

June - August 2019 • Titusville, FL

What I liked

The projects are so cool and fun to work on and being at the space center is amazing.

What I wish was different

I could get a full time job from it.

Advice

Always put yourself into the work and do your best.
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Intern

May - July 2019 • Hampton, VA

What I liked

I worked in a branch that had people working on all kinds of different projects - the Mars 2020 mission, Crew Dragon, conceptual missions to the outer planets, technology demonstration missions - and I got to see many of them give presentations or talk about posters they would be presenting at a yearly conference. I also liked the people I worked with, especially my mentors; the work I was doing (programming), and all the tours of other parts of the center.

What I wish was different

We were supposed to submit documents (powerpoints or reports) about what we did during the internship 2 weeks before the last day of our 10 week internships. That means most people either submitted their documents late or left off 20% of the work they actually did. I wish they'd made that deadline a little bit closer to the end.

Advice

Choose wisely whether you want to live with a full-time employee or rent an apartment for the summer. Living with a full time employee is cheaper, but you give up some of your freedom.
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Computer Science Intern

June - August 2017 • Greenbelt, MD

What I liked

Worked on a real project and there were a lot of other interns

What I wish was different

I wish I could have started in on my project as soon as the internship started

Advice

Don't be intimidated by the complexity of a problem
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Aeronautical Engineering Intern

May 2018 • Cape Canaveral, FL

What I liked

Work experience, materials, location

What I wish was different

Work load and responsibilities

Advice

If you like 9-5, this is your job. Not very challenging
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Environmental Technician

June - August 2016 • Wallops Island, VA

What I liked

Hands on environmental research experience, laboratory experience, choice in the project I did, stipend payment, near where i live

What I wish was different

Advice

Don't be afraid to apply!
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Pathways Intern

January 2018 • Houston, TX

What I liked

The opportunity to try out different departments/jobs within the agency was nice. I got to figure out what I liked and what I didn't like, and I had the opportunity to grow my network.

What I wish was different

I enjoyed all aspects of my internship. NASA made sure of this by assigning me a mentor for each project I worked on and allowed me to give lots of feedback on my experience.

Advice

Network with your coworkers, even if it feels awkward. Your coworkers are the ones who will stick up for you when it comes time for hiring decisions, but if they don't have much to say, you're not likely to be extended an offer.
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NASA Johnson Space Center Pathways Intern

January 2018 • Houston, TX

What I liked

It was an amazing experience, and I would highly recommend this to others. I had the opportunity to impact manned space flight at a high level. The projects I received were relevant, and important to the mission.

What I wish was different

Nothing

Advice

Networking is everything. Be sure to take advantage of your time there, and create strong networks
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Software Engineering Intern

June - August 2020 • New York City, NY

What I liked

Everyone was super accommodating even though it was an online internship experience.

What I wish was different

I wish it was in person, but they really did their best and made it a great internship experience.

Advice

I would say to talk to as many people as possible and absorb as much as possible.
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Embedded Systems Software Developer

May - August 2019 • Wallops Island, VA

What I liked

Everything! The work and atmosphere was awesome.

What I wish was different

Not a thing.

Advice

Don't expect to go on coffee runs all day.
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Satellite Servicing Projects Division Propellant Transfer Subsystem Engineer Intern

June - August 2018 • Greenbelt, MD

What I liked

I liked how I got to work on a subsystem for a satellite that goes to space in less than 4 years.

What I wish was different

I wish I had gotten to work more with flight hardware.

Advice

Make sure to network whenever you can. It's not about what you know, it's about who you know.
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Structural Design Engineer

January - May 2018 • Cape Canaveral, FL

What I liked

NASA really provided an authentic work experience. I had the opportunity to work alongside the most knowledgeable engineers on real projects that involve air and space program that shape the future of technological advancements.

What I wish was different

Working in government is the best way to start one’s career for since you receive exposure to an opportunistic engineering environment that cannot compete with any other company. However, there are limitations while working in government project. I wish that NASA had better prepared me for that aspect of engineering. The benefit though is becoming knowledgeable in budgeting and finances, which is crucial in the engineering world.

Advice

My advice to students would be to make yourself stand out from the crowd. Do not look at your colleagues as just your friends, but as your opponents as well. This mindset will allow you to achieve more than what is expected from any company. This NASA internship was one of three NASA opportunities I had, totaling to three different facilities. Hard work is the direct correlation to success. I did not get to this point by just making sure my homework gets in on time; I got here by being individually driven by my passion of aerospace, by never waiting for something to happen, by going above and beyond what is expected for my personal satisfaction. That is my pure impetus and advice to not only engineers, but anyone who lives to see purpose in their lives and for the betterment of the world.
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Software Engineer Intern

May - July 2017 • Mountain View, CA

What I liked

What I wish was different

Advice

My mentor told me that the one thing that made me stand out from the hundreds of other applicants were my essays. She said they gave an insight to the passion I have for both software development, and for space exploration!
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Test Engineer Intern

June - August 2018 • Wallops Island, VA

What I liked

I really enjoyed the work environment and how helpful everybody there was. No one made me feel silly when I asked questions.

What I wish was different

I wish the work had been a little more exciting. I was testing software, so it was mostly just working while sitting at a computer.

Advice

I was hesitant to take this job at first, but I'm very glad I did! Even though it wasn't the most exciting, it gave me more industry experience and has allowed me to narrow down goals for my career in the future. Take any job offers thrown your way, especially if they're from a pretty well-known employer.
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Undergraduate Intern

May 2018 • Tucson, AZ

What I liked

Got to see the inner workings of a NASA mission as well as be an important part of a team.

What I wish was different

More hands-on group experience.

Advice

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Plant Growth for Future Food Production Intern

June - August 2018 • Cape Canaveral, FL

What I liked

I enjoyed working with experts at the top of their field, and having a lot of freedom to explore and pursue my ideas.

What I wish was different

I wish it had been longer!

Advice

It would have been really helpful if I had remembered to bring my notes from school!
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Intern

June - August 2019 • Hampton, VA

What I liked

Fun and collaborative environment. Everyone was so passionate about what they were working on that it was exciting to discuss it with them. A lot of responsibility given for your project.

What I wish was different

Advice

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SCaN Intern

June - August 2018 • Greenbelt, MD

What I liked

Got to tour NASA facilities and met a ton of great people. It was an exciting experience that I will recommend to anyone and everyone.

What I wish was different

Advice

I would highly recommend it and don't be afraid to apply. There are positions for all majors.
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Pathways Intern (Materials Science Branch)

May - August 2019 • Cape Canaveral, FL

What I liked

The entire experience was phenomenal! The work I was given was meaningful and helped to support the various projects ongoing at the Kennedy Space Center by NASA Personnel and contractors. My coworkers were all very nice people who were very willing to provide help when needed, show me around their labs, or give me a project when I had down time. While my work did not have me working with any other interns or co-ops, as there are so many places engineers can go to work at KSC, there were still plenty of opportunities for me to socialize with fellow interns and network during the summer.

What I wish was different

I wish I could have stayed longer, but as this is a co-op position I will be returning Summer 2020 to continue work!

Advice

Definitely make an effort to network and get to know people. During an internship or co-op, this can lead to your involvement in projects you otherwise would not have known about, which will provide substance to your resume, making you more valuable not only to the company or organization you work for, but any other potential employers. Also try to get involved, be it with employee organizations or public outreach events as these also help with networking. Finally, try to make it to at least one launch on center! It's an entirely different experience when you can actually see the rocket leave the pad.
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Intern

June - August 2019 • Washington, DC

What I liked

It was a great experience working within the Strateic Investment Division for the OCFO. Great mentors and working environment!

What I wish was different

Advice

Embrace the opportunity!
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