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National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Research Analyst

September 2017 • Huntsville, AL

What I liked

Working at NASA of course! I work with some of the most important people who work at NASA: Mission Control cadre for Payload Operations on the International Space Station.

What I wish was different

I wish that I was challenged a bit more in the Applied Physics realm of tasking.

Advice

Networking is the easiest and most efficient way of finding your dream job. Never stop searching.
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Research Associate

May - August 2018 • Huntsville, AL

What I liked

What I wish was different

Advice

When applying to NASA you can apply to academy’s which offer a great experience and traveling to different NASA sites.
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Hardware Design Engineering Intern

June - August 2019 • Huntsville, AL

What I liked

The environment was collaborative and patient, perfect for learning.

What I wish was different

The pace of government work moves very slowly, so I wish it moved faster.

Advice

Being technically competent is not enough. It's very important to have the people skills needed to leave a great impression.
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Engineering Trainee

August 2018 • Edwards, CA

What I liked

The hands-on experience, and how the projects I worked on are actually being used in real applications. All the interns are being treated as full-time employees. At the end I feel like I contributed to the team and NASA's missions.

What I wish was different

N/A

Advice

Learn as much as possible, it is good to learn about fields outsides of your own major. communicate with teammates and co-workers often.
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Mission Proposals Intern

June - August 2019 • Mountain View, CA

What I liked

The environment was great. I was surrounded by many optimistic people working towards goals that shape our future

What I wish was different

Couldn’t have asked for more

Advice

always take advice from everyone you meet. It goes a long way
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GSFC NASA Intern

June - August 2019 • Wallops Island, VA

What I liked

I was able to work with a NASA employee on their project and got to see it progress. I also learned a lot about different projects.

What I wish was different

Advice

Don’t be afraid about not knowing how to do something because they will teach you.
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Aerospace Intern

June - August 2019 • Edwards, CA

What I liked

All of the people were very friendly and helpful!

What I wish was different

There was a lot of time wasted waiting on other parties. It’s not really their fault, but better coordination could have helped to make the internship run smoother.

Advice

Always be ready to teach yourself how to do something! Asking people can help speed up the process, but sometimes you’ll have to take initiative and look things up online, in a textbook etc.
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Computer Engineer

June - August 2019 • Cleveland, OH

What I liked

Seeing all the projects happening at NASA.

What I wish was different

More time to focus on my project.

Advice

Always plan software before you start developing.
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contracted research assistant

May 2019 • Greenbelt, MD

What I liked

The fact that the internship has lead to a contractor position that works around my schedule is awesome. I love how just working with a professor leads to an Internship at NASA, which then lead to working part-time remotely...I just love how one thing lead to another, and all these opportunities just unfolded.

What I wish was different

That I had done it sooner.

Advice

That I had more of a support system when I went to an internship because it was very isolating.
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Technical Editor

September - December 2019 • Redstone Arsenal, AL

What I liked

The work was precisely in my field, and I got to read documents written by people from a dozen major countries.

What I wish was different

Though I understand why (security reasons), this job could have been done from home, rather than in a cubicle, where distractions run rampant.

Advice

It's like Shia LaBeouf said: "Just do it!"
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Electrical Engineering Intern

June - August 2019 • Huntsville, AL

What I liked

From day one I was treated with respect and not summoned to do mundane tasks. I was there to learn and the people in my organization helped me along the way.

What I wish was different

The system in place for the interns on Marshall Spaceflight Center is excellent, I see no need for change.

Advice

Learn things you are not necessarily comfortable with, for example if you are a EE like myself don't be afraid to ask questions about propulsion, science, software etc... . The things and ideas you are exposed to will accumulate over time making you very diverse and well rounded.
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Aerospace Engineering and Project Manager Intern

May - September 2020 • Los Angeles, CA

What I liked

I worked with a great system and team of 10 and we worked on a 3d model of our rover and competed with other teams as me leading my team through the way.

What I wish was different

Finishing a few components and engineering files differently we would gotten a higher ranking.

Advice

Never be quiet and shy when you're in a team type of internship when you're in NASA of all places. Be very aware and get to know your personal team and other people at your internship also network yourself helping your value around the workspace but also respect your co-workers and leaders on the job.
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Student Trainee (Engineering)

August - November 2019 • Greenbelt, MD

What I liked

I felt that I was given important tasks and the opportunity to learn as much as I wanted to

What I wish was different

There were typical software issues found within government organizations. Software tools may be somewhat outdated

Advice

If you have the opportunity to intern at NASA, take it
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Electrical Engineering Intern

June - August 2019 • Mountain View, CA

What I liked

Loved the team and the project we were working on. You get to work on projects that are intellectually stimulated and that ask the big questions about our universe and world. You are surrounded by highly motivated, intelligent, and kind people who are willing to take time out of their day to mentor you, answer questions about their work or projects, and even give you side projects and experiences to supplement your intern project.

What I wish was different

More time! I wish I could have continued work there since there is only so much you can do in 10 weeks, but overall the experience was great.

Advice

My advice to any incoming NASA intern or any tech intern really is to not be afraid to ask questions and to seek out mentorship and friendships with people who work there. It may seem intimidating at first to talk to someone who is older and more experienced, but they were once in your shoes and are most likely more than happy to help.
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Educational Specialist

June 2019 • Cleveland, OH

What I liked

This opportunity is still ongoing. I’ve had an amazing experience.

What I wish was different

Advice

Never stop learning. Always try to meet new people.
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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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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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Pathways Intern

May - August 2020 • Houston, TX

What I liked

Worked closely with a mentor, even though the work was remote. Had lots of guidance even when I didn't have any prior knowledge regarding the project I was working on.

What I wish was different

Remote work was strange, it was hard to complete certain aspects of my project (i.e. testing) since I could not go on-site and physically hold my project.

Advice

Don't be afraid to apply for a position you don't feel prepared for! Most of the knowledge you need to complete projects will be gained at work through mentorship and collaboration with other interns.
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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 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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