Hard working environment with sense of adventure
ARES Intern (Former Employee) – Houston, TX – January 13, 2019
Working as a NASA intern was an exceptional experience. Each day began with a check-in with supervisor, followed by self-directed morning, and then included at least one quality one-on-one with a supervisor each day to ensure all necessary resources were made available to me. I learned how to operate proprietary and public software to perform scientific visualization analysis and develop science images from Mars satellite photography and Earth orbit satellite photography. The internship included guiding me through co-authoring a literary abstract that was published at a scientific conference, which I attended and where I showed my work in the poster session. Daily work ambiance at NASA was impressive. With so many people there working on miracle-making projects, there was always a sense of adventure, and other young staff and interns were perpetually happy with their jobs. The most challenging aspect of the experience was making new discoveries that are so bleeding edge that there simply isn't reference material out there to rely on for help. Much of the science is being invented in real-time. Problem solving is happening at the forefront of humankind's most advanced technology. We were working with answers to questions we didn't even know we were asking, and solving problems so new that many had never even been imagined by science fiction writers. And all of this is also the most enjoyable part of the job. Living on the very edge of discovery and working at the bleeding edge of that is a career experience unlike any other in the world.