What kind of work do you do during your internship at NASA?
It’s a full-time job. I work about 40 hours a week. It’s a heavy workload, but it’s also fun, so it doesn’t feel like work. We do a simulation for small satellites. I work remotely for Langley Research Center in Virginia and my mentor there has really helped me make connections while working virtually. The three-hour difference in time zones is a bit of a challenge, but it’s manageable. One of my greatest learnings from working with NASA is the importance of always being willing to learn new things. I had to study a lot on my own, especially in subjects I don’t usually spend much time in as a computer science student, like physics and mathematics. Excitement and openness to new things helped me a lot in this internship.
How do you manage to work as a full-time intern and be a full-time student at the same time?
It was very important to me to prioritize my mental health. I try to take time away from work and school to relax and do things I enjoy like meeting friends or having time to myself in my room to watch TV and just take my time to take for normal hobbies. That helped a lot. I also follow a routine schedule to keep on track with work and school.