On Sept. 20, NASA interns at Johnson Space Center sat down for lunch with Carolyn Knowles, director of NASA Internships, Fellowships and Scholarships. Knowles, whose office is located at NASA Headquarters, visited Johnson while en route to the 67th
Annual International Aeronautical Congress in Guadalajara, Mexico.
The interns, whose disciplines range from graphic design to human nutrition and mechanical engineering, learned about Knowles’ NASA journey before being asked to share some details of their own. Knowles prompted each student to share what school they attend and the discipline they are perusing.
Forrest Day, a computer engineering major from California State University at San Bernardino, spoke about software tools testing in conjunction with the International Space Station, while Office of Education intern Nancy Villegas from the University of Houston provided insight into the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars (NCAS) program.
Knowles, a graduate of Saint Augustine University in Raleigh, North Carolina, told of her own educational and professional past, illustrating how she has become the sum of her experiences. Knowles discussed how her experience in the military and her prior work at NASA had contributed to her current successes.
Knowles also prompted the group of interns to create goals for their time at NASA. Each student took a few moments to explain the work they are doing and what they would like to accomplish before the semester is over. While Grant Giesbrecht, a physics student from Cincinnati, Ohio, voiced his desire to gain a working understanding of the processes used by engineers to evaluate large-scale projects and systems, Morgan McAllister, a strategic communications graduate student, wants to prove that technical content can be made accessible to all levels of knowledge and skill.
Villegas said, “I really enjoyed the experience of meeting Ms. Carolyn Knowles, [as] she seemed genuinely interested in what each and everyone one of us was doing. You could tell she truly cared about our experience as NASA interns.”
Beyond the students’ current internships, Knowles was also shared information about other NASA education programs. Undergraduate students were provided details on non-graduate internships, and graduate students were given insight to the NASA Fellowship Program.
Knowles plans to check back in with the students toward the end of their fall internships to make sure they are achieving the goals they have set for themselves. Each student is given the opportunity to work alongside NASA employees and contribute to projects that have the possibility of making large contributions to society. NASA in on a journey to Mars, and interns have first-class tickets.
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Carolyn Knowles, director of NASA Internships, Fellowships and Scholarships at NASA Headquarters, speaks to interns at Johnson on Sept. 20. Image Credit: NASA
Interns share their school and career aspirations in an easy, conversational setting. Image Credit: NASA