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National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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