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National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Intern

June - August 2019 • Mountain View, CA

What I liked

Everything

What I wish was different

Advice

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Quantum Communications Intern

June - August 2018 • Cleveland, OH

What I liked

Fantastic work environment. Managers actively encouraged interns to attend lectures & educational experiences. Excellent mentor support, and plenty of autonomy. Hands down, the best learning experience I've ever had.

What I wish was different

Advice

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Atmospheric Research Intern

May 2018 • Hampton, VA

What I liked

The people and the field work. The opportunity to work with and learn from the best in the field.

What I wish was different

I wish I had been closer to home.

Advice

Don't go into a position with NASA always expecting to be a formal setting. Come prepared to learn and be pushed out of your comfort zone.
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Engineering Intern

August 2019 • Las Cruces, NM

What I liked

Surrounded by friendly, experienced, helpful, intelligent, hard working individuals. The site provided lots of opportunities to learn from a variety of scientific disciplines.

What I wish was different

Advice

Ask a ton of questions, share your passions and driving forces. By doing those things I was put in touch with people from different NASA centers working on things that interest me. Volunteer your services and ask to take part in activities.
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Engineering intern

May - August 2019 • Houston, TX

What I liked

Great leadership, mentoring, work schedule, and pay

What I wish was different

Advice

If you have a mentor, learn as much as you can from them
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Intern

June 2018 • Pasadena, CA

What I liked

Flexible work hours

What I wish was different

More interesting work

Advice

Was a good summer overall
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Programs Intern

May - July 2018 • Hampton, VA

What I liked

The atmosphere of the center, working for the federal government, being surrounded by subject experts in many STEM fields and more!

What I wish was different

The pay!

Advice

Apply, apply, apply! NASA has 10 centers, Headquarters, and a few other smaller satellite centers!
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Additive Manufacturing Research Engineer Intern

June - August 2019 • Cleveland, OH

What I liked

Wonderful experience, learned A LOT about material science and made amazing connections with other renown scientists and engineers.

What I wish was different

Sometimes I wished the work was more diverse, I spent most of my time in a single lab doing a single task at a time. I wish I could have branched out and worked on other suitable projects but since they weren't my main focus for the summer, I didn't have many chances to help.

Advice

It was 100% worth it and learned that maybe research for a large company/government isn't my thing and that's good to know. Other advice: make friends with the janitor.
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Thermal Coatings Engineering Intern

June - August 2017 • Greenbelt, MD

What I liked

Everyone had something to teach and share with me!

What I wish was different

Nothing; it was an awesome internship.

Advice

Ask as many questions as you can think of! People love to talk about what they do.
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Student Research Intern

June - August 2019 • Hampton, VA

What I liked

The opportunity to work for an amazing organization. The research was very meaningful and went toward important projects such as the Mars mission in 2023.

What I wish was different

I wish that there were more researchers on my team.

Advice

My advice would be to always be open to new opportunities, regardless of past experiences or immediate interests.
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JPSS Test Software Developement Intern

June - August 2017 • Greenbelt, MD

What I liked

Out of all of the government agencies, NASA is by far the most relaxed and fun to work for.

What I wish was different

I wish we could have had some professional software engineers on our team. Our supervisors were aerospace and mechanical engineers, who knew what they wanted, but could not help us very much with the development.

Advice

Enjoy the GSFC campus while you still have a badge!
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Pathways Intern

August 2017 - May 2019 • Houston, TX

What I liked

Amazing experience doing things that you can't do anywhere else! Great experience working with people that love their job.

What I wish was different

The job was amazing, the only drawbacks were those associated with government work (hiring freezes, shutdowns, etc. ).

Advice

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Electronics Design Intern

August 2017 • Titusville, FL

What I liked

Great learning environment, engineers in the avionics laboratory at KSC are motivated by learning rather than monetary reward. Flexible work environment where everyone wants to help. Great place for an engineer to intern.

What I wish was different

I wish the location was different since I am not a big fan of Florida's humid and hot weather.

Advice

Try to get involved with a cub project or with undergraduate research that is in your area of interest, and aim for an internship that is in that area. If you are not sure where to start, start anywhere. Some experience is better than nothing even if it's something outside of your interest, but that will help you figure out what you like and don't like in the process.
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Student Trainee (Engineering) - Industrial Power Systems

January - June 2016 • Cape Canaveral, FL

What I liked

Excellent work/life balance, good benefits, meeting great people that were excited to be a part of NASA and what they did, seeing so many things from NASA's history that many have not seen.

What I wish was different

The position I was in was almost exclusively clerical in nature, there would have been very few if any opportunities to design. I did not know this going into the position.

Advice

NASA has many great opportunities, I found that the position I was in was not for me and attempted to get transferred which ended up not working out due to current personnel needs. However, NASA encourages their interns to find a good fit for themselves, they want you to be happy with the work you are a part of. The culture is great and it is easy to see why NASA has been "best place to work" in the federal government for the past few years.
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Heliophysics Intern

June 2018 • Greenbelt, MD

What I liked

I enjoyed the numerous opportunities I was given to attend events and seminars with other interns and civil servants.

What I wish was different

I wish there were cheaper on campus dining options.

Advice

When youre told this is a full time commitment, believe it! It takes time in and out of the office/lab.
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Testing and data analysis intern

June - August 2018 • Edwards, CA

What I liked

People and projects were amazing!

What I wish was different

I wish I could have had more hands on work.

Advice

Apply even if you don't think you have a chance.
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Logistics Management Intern

August 2017 - January 2018 • Huntsville, AL

What I liked

I loved that I was able to learn about their policies and how to use NASA own databases and to be able to get hands on in the warehouses from shipping and receiving, disposal, contracts, and were make up design models .

What I wish was different

Advice

That from my intern I've learned alot about NASA that I didn't know. Learned what NASA had planned next and coming up.
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Pathways Student Engineer

August 2014 - September 2017 • Edwards, CA

What I liked

Great real world work experience!

What I wish was different

Advice

Be proactive and apply to whatever interests you!
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Pathways Engineering Intern

May - July 2019 • Cleveland, OH

What I liked

I love working in a team environment and an innovative atmosphere. I spent my summer working with the human landing system team focusing on cryogenic propellant management. I loved applying classes I’ve have taken in school to my work, for example heat transfer and thermodynamics.

What I wish was different

I wish I had begun looking for housing earlier because the housing NASA had suggested filled up very quickly and was not pet friendly.

Advice

The best piece of advice I have is to apply for every job that you really want. I did not believe I would get this amazing opportunity, but I applied anyways because it sounded so interesting. I learned so much this summer and gained valuable experience because I decided to take a chance and apply.
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Avionics Engineering Intern

January - August 2018 • Lyndon B Johnson Space Cen, TX

What I liked

I really enjoyed working in an interdisciplinary field with some of the brightest engineers, business persons and media specialists in the country. I seriously loved watching Apollo 13 in historic mission control and getting SCUBA certified with the dive operations manager for the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (where the astronauts train for Extra Vehicular Activities (EVA's)).

What I wish was different

I wish it weren't in Texas.

Advice

Don't leave it up to yourself to decide what you are good enough to do. Apply to things that you want to do and let the person interviewing you decide whether or not you are a good fit. Don't limit yourself!
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