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National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

NASA intern

May - August 2018 • Huntsville, AL

What I liked

Love the location and people in Huntsville and at NASA.

What I wish was different

I wish I could have had a more tech heavy internship.

Advice

If you get the chance to visit or live in Huntsville do it!
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Research Associate

May - August 2018 • Huntsville, AL

What I liked

I liked that I was able to demonstrate my skills to two microgravity solidification experiments that will be launched up to the International Space Station soon. I enjoyed doing research on solidification that worked with space casting and soldering to conduct more research in the behaviors of manufacturing with limited gravity. I also gained a lot of hands-on experience with the design, analysis, fabrication, and experimentation of the two projects I worked on.

What I wish was different

I wish I had more time to continue research and give NASA more data on one of the experiments. They were assembled and made, but the group and I had only three days to test solidification.

Advice

Never give up, no matter how many iterations that you have to go through. In the end, all the hard work pays off.
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Electrical Engineer

June - August 2018 • Greenbelt, MD

What I liked

Working with devote intellectuals who were passionate about their field, open communication structure, and the collaborative environment dedicated to projects that might not be taking place anywhere else in the world

What I wish was different

More access to tools and proprietary information

Advice

Spend your time during the day learning everything you can from the full-time NASA employees, ask well-thought-out questions with genuine curiosity, spend some extra hours on your research project at night to ensure good progress that is of interest to main team, be personable, bring fourth interesting ideas - support it with data, be creative, take initiative, be personable/connect with people
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Research Intern

June - August 2018 • Cleveland, OH

What I liked

Got to experiment and learn more about axial flux electric motors and their usage in electric aircraft. Got to learn how to use an nScrypt 3Dn and Hyrel Hydra printer to print with silver conductive pastes.

What I wish was different

Advice

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Chemistry Research Intern

June - August 2018 • Irvine, CA

What I liked

Housing is free! Doing research on planes is super fun! Loved the social structure living with other interns. Learned a lot and worked pretty hard.

What I wish was different

Advice

Apply! It's fun
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Aeronautical Engineering Intern

January - May 2019 • Huntsville, AL

What I liked

Was extremely fulfilling and worked with cool people.

What I wish was different

Location

Advice

Don't be scared to apply to NASA! As long as you can convey that you are passionate and willing to learn, you have a real shot!
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Spaceport Command and Control Launch Systems Developer

January - August 2018 • Merritt Island, FL

What I liked

I loved working with a great and passionate team to develop software for the soaceflight hardware. I learned so much and everyone was so willing to help me advance my skills and career as well as see all the great things at NASA. The weather and beaches made my time learning and acquiring experiences all the more fulfilling. I made so many great friends and memories and I’m glad I deferred my graduation to take this amazing opportunity.

What I wish was different

I wish I could have done more to show my appreciation to all those who helped and supported me during my time there.

Advice

Always do your best to make an impression. During internships at anyplace, make sure you stand out. Go above and beyond what is expected, show your passion and drive and you’ll at least have references to apply for positions in the future and in most cases you can graduate and have a position lined up due to the impression you left during your internship.
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Summer Intern

June - August 2018 • Washington, DC

What I liked

I enjoyed getting to know the employees and working with others on their projects.

What I wish was different

I wish that the hourly rate was greater and that I could have been on one more project.

Advice

I would advise people to remember that they are interns and they are there to absorb and learn as much as they can from their intern experience.
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Software Developer Intern

May - July 2018 • Hampton, VA

What I liked

The project, the people, the culture

What I wish was different

Not much.

Advice

Doing side projects outside of class helped me get the internship
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Engineering Pathways Intern

January 2018 - August 2019 • Redstone Arsenal, AL

What I liked

You get to see a lot of hardware and testing that is not available to the public.

What I wish was different

The groups varied a lot. Some places were great at involving the interns and giving them meaningful work while other groups gave very little work. 2 out of the 3 groups I rotated in to gave me plenty of meaningful work to do while the third group gave me extremely little.

Advice

Always try going to groups that may not be something that you know a lot about, the group I enjoyed the most and enjoyed working in the most was one I knew nothing about. Every group has it's pros and cons, rotate to different groups as much as you can.
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Biomedical Data Analyst

June 2018 • Hampton, VA

What I liked

What I wish was different

Advice

Take advantage of your surroundings. Your internship may be in one specific project area, but you have so many opportunities to meet people from other areas and learn about different projects, and you never know what might interest you.
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Aerospace Engineering Intern

June - August 2018 • Hampton, VA

What I liked

The work environment was awesome. Everyone was really nice and accommodating.

What I wish was different

Advice

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NASA Summer Intern

June - August 2018 • Mountain View, CA

What I liked

Real world engineering experience. Met a lot of talented people who are passionate about science and space. Numerous opportunities to get involved with work besides just the summer project I was assigned. Learned a lot about how to make a project successful and how important proper communication is with success.

What I wish was different

That my project had gotten totally completed before I left, unfortunately due to manufacturing troubles we could not get a fully built final model ready in time by the end of the summer.

Advice

Try to do a little of everything, don't get bogged down at your desk all day. When you hit a road block go to one of your mentors for help they've been doing this for awhile and their advice can go along way.
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Intern for OCFO Office

June - August 2018 • Hampton, VA

What I liked

Mentor helped me better understand business enviroment

What I wish was different

I wish I would’ve tried extracurricular activities

Advice

Never miss opportunities to network
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Team Lead

October 2017 • Evanston, IL

What I liked

I loved the responsibility I was given with the project. Starting off in the position as a sophomore I was worried I was underqualified, but the team made me comfortable and confident in my ability to do the job.

What I wish was different

I wish the project could have concluded in the fall near my departure, unfortunately the project was delayed to 2020 when it will be launched.

Advice

Be aware of how much time it takes, always ask for help if needed.
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Computer Network Engineering Intern

May - December 2019 • Merritt Island, FL

What I liked

Engaging environment. Find your interest and pursue it. You have the opportunity to work on leading research and help shape the future of manned space flight operations.

What I wish was different

If I had come in with a particular area of interest, I could have utilized my time early on efficiently.

Advice

Come in with clear goals. You can tailor your experience based on what you would like to pursue. The engineers there will work with you to find a task you find interesting.
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Aerospace Engineering Intern

January - August 2018 • Huntsville, AL

What I liked

Very good work culture / people, laid back

What I wish was different

Wish I was pushed harder to achieve goals. Didn’t see the drive to succeed like you see in private sector companies.

Advice

Take the time to talk to everyone, they have so much knowledge and you get the most out of the internship when you learn more than just your own project
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Liquid Rocket Propulsion Systems Intern

May - August 2018 • Huntsville, AL

What I liked

Working with people who are the brightest in their respective subjects. Getting to know the other interns and spending time hanging out with them.

What I wish was different

Spent more time networking with various full-time employees.

Advice

Make sure to network when you have the opportunity to do so. Go out and have fun with other interns.
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chemical enginerring intern

May - August 2018 • Titusville, FL

What I liked

The culture, the people, the lab experience

What I wish was different

Advice

Meet other interns, there are a lot of opportunities and obligations at NASA, its useful to know other people in the same situation
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Student Researcher

June - August 2018 • Hampton, VA

What I liked

The people and general atmosphere of the base

What I wish was different

Difference between the days

Advice

Shoot your shot. Even if you think you’re just wasting time
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