NASA Internship: How to be a Paid High School Intern & More! (From a 7x NASA Intern) | Yoguely
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NASA Internship: How to be a Paid High School Intern & More! (From a 7x NASA Intern) | Yoguely

Are you interested in working to support the
expansion of knowledge for the benefit of humanity? Do you want to explore career paths and discover
what you may be passionate about? Then listen in to learn how to get your first
NASA internship as a high school student. Here is how I became a high school intern
for NASA. ¡Bienvenidos! Welcome back my people! I’m your host Aida Yoguely. And mathematics and computers have always
fascinated me. Back in high school in Puerto Rico, I would
spend time with my friends solving problems just for fun! When I was not nerding out, I was skateboarding
or playing the electric bass. Then I learned that for a summer, I could
work directly with NASA engineers. Doing work that matters. Plus, I would receive money for my work. So, I naturally looked into it. Eligibility
To be eligible, I had to be a U.S. citizen, have a grade point average (GPA) above a 3.0,
be at least 16 years old, and be enrolled in school. When to Apply
They say luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity. All my life I had been building my education
for a chance like this to come along. One thing we can all be certain of is this. Your probability of being rejected is guaranteed,
if you do not apply. To put it another way, the best time to invest
in yourself was actually yesterday. The second-best time is NOW. With this in mind, I knew that the application was not going to wait for me. So, I took a chance and applied right away. In the event that you do not feel ready, filling
out the application can still be supremely beneficial. By doing so, you will identify areas you need
to work on. Then you can make a plan to achieve that by
the next internship cycle. Also, by being in the applicant pool, mentors
can read your profile in the database. If they believe you are a good fit, they might
just reach out to you. In the past, mentors have contacted me and ask me to work for them. This was without me directly applying to their
job listing. Sometimes I have had to decline because it
does not align with my interests. As you see, you never really know what can happen. So, what do you think, like to give it a try? The summer application officially closes in
late spring. However, by then, most mentors have already
matched students for the job positions. I would recommend applying by mid-January,
the latest. Like they say, Early bird gets the worm. Do I Have What It Takes? Here is a question from one of you on my
social media. “Hi I’m … from San Jose, CA. I just saw a video on YouTube that you did
on high school students being an intern at NASA Like at school, the problem sets are always given to you And the teachers just tell you how to do it and you just follow a procedure I guess But then, here at NASA, the problems, they are not explicitly given to you They kind of just come up in your research and you have to find your own way to solve the problems here. I been thinking about being an intern next
summer, I’m really interested in astronomy and I have an astronomy club at my school. But I don’t know if I have what it takes to
be an intern there, my math grades are always C. My chemistry teacher always tells me if
I really have a passion for astronomy I can work at NASA. How can I be an intern next year?” First of all, you do not need to be a first-place
winner or have straight A’s. That just shows how good you are at those
specific problems. Back in school, I won first place in the
“state” math competition across all of Puerto Rico. And if you asked me to solve those same problems
today, I might not know the answer right away, but I know where to find them. An educated human knows where to get the knowledge
when they need it, and how to organize the information into a plan of action.
Very rarely will you go into the real world and encounter the exact problem you saw in
math class. Real world issues most of the time have no
step-by-step instructions and no exact solution. So, to answer the question, reflect on your
extracurricular activities. If you can show that you are a critical thinker,
who is resourceful, able to process knowledge, and collaborate in teams; Then you have a
pretty good chance of being an intern. 3 Tips to NAIL Your NASA High School Internship
Application These tips to stand out come in handy for
other companies and college as well. So, keep your ears open. Tip #1. Tell Your Complete Story of What You Are Capable
Of. In my application I listed out my computer skills such as coding
webpages with HTML. Then in my essay I shared how I applied these
abilities. Like how I designed a website showcasing the
Math Club’s recent activities. Finally, in the letter of recommendation,
my teachers assessed and backed up my capabilities through their own point of view. Picture this, the form is like a spider web. Where each keyword appears connected in many
sections of the application. And the big picture shows how you and NASA or any other company can both benefit from each other. Your chances to get in totally skyrockets
if you can demonstrate that. Which leads me into… Tip #2. Put Yourself in the Employer’s Shoes. Ask yourself, what is the employers objective? In any job application, the objective of the
employer is to hire the most qualified person available to do the work they need done. So, find a job position that aligns with your
current skills and interests. Here is my rule of thumb. If you feel that you can do over half of the
tasks listed, then it is worth a try. Bosses do not expect you to know everything
on the first day of the job. Regardless, managers do expect you to be a
fast learner, figure it out, and get the job done. Tip #3. Show How You Fit in with the Work Culture. Employers wants to hire someone who can work
comfortably in an environment that shares their mission and values. Taking 5 minutes to read the employer’s
purpose will place you ahead of the game. Let’s see what NASA’s website has to say. NASA’s core values are safety, integrity,
team work, and excellence. Hey! Those align perfectly with my core values. So, in the essay I included my leadership
as president of the school’s math club. Highlighting professional attributes like
my curiosity, resilience to overcome obstacles, and agility in dealing with unforeseen circumstances. How Hard Is It to Be Accepted into the NASA
Internship Program? Like one of my NASA mentors once said, It is not easy to get a job at NASA. It is sorta just a supply and demand problem. Is what it is. sort of just a supply and demand problem”. If a mentor does not select you, does not mean that you are inadequate. It could mean that spots are not available
anymore (too much supply). Or you are too late. Or it could mean that there is no need for
someone with your skills and experiences right now (no demand). When it comes to applying to jobs, rejection
is a common occurrence. From an early age, it was clear to me that
there are things over which I have control over. Like the goals I set for myself. Then, there are things over which I had absolutely
no control over. Like whether there are 1000 other applicants. Then there are things over which I have some
control but not complete control. Such as whether the program accepts me or
not. For them to select you, your focus must be
on making the best effort and then submitting it as many job listings as necessary until
you land the one you desire. Ah, too many people are so much smarter than me! It’s difficult to stand out. When I applied, I never once doubted my competence. And my focus was never on the competition. That’s a distraction. I had full confidence in myself and I could
visualize myself, standing at NASA’s launch pad, typing away in a cubical, shaking hands
with brilliant scientists. This is the first step, believe in yourself,
then make a plan, and get help from your teachers. What Disciplines or Areas can I work on at
NASA? When you are a high school student, you don’t
yet have a Major or Degree. Nevertheless, your skills can still be used
to make a valuable contribution to the space program. In high school, NASA picked me, because of my communication and programming skills, to make a website for a branch at the Kennedy Space Center headquarters. For this, I spent half of my time interviewing
professionals, understanding what they do, and the other half coding it into the system. Even though I did not have specialized engineering
skills at the time, I became part of the NASA network. This network connected me to real rocket scientists
and many different engineering fields. The topic of the work might be advanced, but
the assigned task will be doable for your education level. For instance, I have met high school interns
worked at altitude chambers, on CubeSat technology, databases, doing ecological research, pressure
vessels, and even in materials science. Students could even work in business, marketing,
journalism, art and multimedia, space medicine, and on virtual reality (VR) simulations. Gosh that must be a lot of fun. How much money does a NASA high school intern
make? The internship program gave me a stipend based
on the minimum wage for the state in which the NASA facility is located. In particular, I went to the facility closest
to Puerto Rico, the NASA Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The minimum wage in Florida back in the day
month, was $7.21 an hour, that is $1153.6 per month which interestingly would equate to $13,843.2
if I had done the job for a full year. The pay received was before tax. Therefore, the amount I received was much
less than this. How to apply to NASA as a High Schooler A CROEMita from Puerto Rico asks, “Hi, I am a high school student, and I was
wondering how can I obtain an internship or scholarship from NASA?” We’ll have to leave questions on scholarships
for another time. As for NASA high school internships, I’ll
leave the latest link where you can apply down in the description below. After my first high school internship, I kept
applying every year and landed 6 more internships with NASA, and got to explore many different space centers. using these secret techniques. They work. Share this with other high school students. If you liked this video, give it a thumbs
up. Leave your thoughts in the comment section
below. Or check out the link in the video description
where you can join our community forum. I’ll be answering questions there. I’m Aida Yoguely. Thanks for watching. I’ll see you next time. That’s all folks.

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7 thoughts on “NASA Internship: How to be a Paid High School Intern & More! (From a 7x NASA Intern) | Yoguely

  1. ¡Wepale mi gente! I get this question A LOT. Know that you can achieve ANYTHING you set your mind to. Here are some of my insights and tips about high school internships at NASA. There is so much more to cover though so please ask away 😊:
    Aida in high school (00:32), eligibility (01:02), when to apply & deadlines (01:15), Do YOU have what it takes (03:11), Tip #1 Telling Your Story (05:12), Tip #2 The Employer’s Perspective (06:14), Tip #3 Fitting in the Work Culture (06:54), How hard/difficult is it to get in? (07:45), Confidence (09:08), Areas you can work on (09:39), salary/money/stipend/wage/pay (11:06), How to Apply (11:58).

  2. Welldone Aida! Muy útil información. Ya que sé que sabes español. And is very motivating and informative video.

  3. I applied in late March for the summer internship… I just watched this though, and you said mid-January was the best time to apply 🙁 do you think there’s a chance I will still get an internship? I chose 15 projects specifically but now that you said this I’m not sure I will get anything.

  4. hola. soy Evelin tengo 16 años y vivo en El Salvador, me encanta la astronomía, y Me gustaría solicitar una beca para estudiar para la NASA.
    la pregunta es: ¿eso se puede hacer? y ¿como?

  5. Are you the same person who would take other interns phones and subscribe to your own channel from their account?!

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