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What kind of work do you do with NASA as part of your internship?

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 are doing a simulation for small satellites. I work remotely for the Langley Research Center in Virginia, and my mentor there really helped me make connections while working virtually. The three-hour difference in time zones is a bit of a pain, but it’s manageable. One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned from my work with NASA is the importance of always being ready to learn new things. There was a lot of learning that I had to do on my own, especially in subjects that I don’t usually spend a lot of time on as a computer science major, like physics and math. Being enthusiastic and open to learning really helped me in this internship.

How do you manage to work as a full-time intern while also being a full-time student?

Prioritizing my mental health has been very important to me. I try to take time off from work and school to relax and do things I enjoy, like seeing friends or having time to myself in my room to watch TV, just having time set aside for normal hobbies. It helped a lot. Also, I keep a routine schedule in order to stay on track with work and school.

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