Florida tech students get space industry internships at NASA, Blue Origin and Boeing
Florida Tech Students Take ‘A Giant Step’ Closer To Their Dreams
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Do you dream of becoming an astronaut? Or design the rockets that take us there? Maybe you just love the space and hope to work in the industry?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are probably also wondering how you can make this dream come true.
If you want to reach for the stars, your first step is to attend college that can help you get there.
In addition to offering unique study programs, hands-on and experiential learning, and access to state-of-the-art equipment, Florida Tech has the resources to help students secure prestigious internships, where they will gain industry experience. industry beyond the classroom.
Until the summer of 2021, Florida Tech students in various specialties had only one goal in mind: to secure an internship in the space industry.
The hard work paid off for Jordan Forman, Mamoon Syed, and Natalie Eustis, who spent their summers interning at NASA, Blue Origin, and Boeing, respectively.
Internship host: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Major: Astronomy and astrophysics
“Florida Tech definitely played a role in opening the doors to this internship. A faculty member, Dr. Saida Caballero-Nieves, was a great mentor to me and encouraged me to attend a National Society of Black Physicists virtual conference.
“This conference is where I met one of Goddard’s astrophysicists who I’m currently working with this summer. I was able to get in touch with this scientist because I am very passionate about her research and have some experience working with Dr. Eric Perlman and Dr. Evan Smith, both Florida faculty members. Tech.
“I am working on a multi-wavelength active galactic nuclei (AGN) study project and performing data analysis of gamma rays detected by the Fermi Large Area Telescope.”
“After college, I plan to become a NASA astronaut and go on a mission to the International Space Station. I also hope to contribute to the Artemis mission and maybe become one of the first people of color or the first woman on the moon.
“My advice to Florida Tech students looking for internship opportunities is not to be afraid to take the plunge and contact those who may be doing research that interests you, or those who have the career that interests you.”
Internship host: Blue origin
Major: Aerospace engineering
“As an intern at Blue Origin, my job is to assist in the development and analysis of systems that are developed as basic reference designs for future assignments. “
“My teachers at Florida Tech helped me prepare for this experience because they were always willing to give it a shot. I have worked on many projects where a teacher would have been within his rights to say that I did not have the necessary experience and to come back when I did. But they never did, and because of that, I’m a better engineer.
“My advice to students looking for internship opportunities would be to jump at any opportunity that you find interesting. The point of going to school is to learn, it’s okay if you don’t know everything yet.
Internship host: Boeing
Major: Biomedical genius
“This summer, I did an internship at Boeing to support the Starliner launch operations team for the orbital-2 flight test! As a team, we are the liaison between ULA (United Launch Alliance), which manufactures the rocket, and Boeing, which manufactures the spacecraft. Before launch, we make sure that the Atlas V rocket and the Starliner spacecraft are prepared for launch and properly mated. “
“As an intern, I was able to participate in discussions with ULA and visit the launch pad and the Vertical Integration Facility (VIF) in preparation for the launch, which was amazing. “
“In the photo, I watch the Starliner roll out of the production plant where I work, called the Commercial Crew and Cargo Processing Facility, on its way to the launch site.”
“He goes to VIF on the KAMAG, which is a special transport vehicle owned by ULA. Once at VIF, ULA and Boeing work together to lift the Starliner and dock it to the Atlas V. Once docked, Starliner and Atlas are almost ready to launch!
These are just a few examples of students who have taken “a giant leap” towards their dream of working in the space industry this summer.
Florida Tech’s Career Services Office continuously helps students find and prepare for internships and employment opportunities not only in the space industry, but across all industries.
They offer valuable resources, such as a database of employment resources, career fairs, resume workshops, mock interviews, and more that help students step into the real world. .
If you’re ready to start making your dreams come true, then find out which program is right for you, start receiving personalized information from Florida Tech, and apply today.
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