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"Dear Jessica Samuels and the rest of the JPL employees, interns, and affiliates I met during my internship this summer of 2020, I would like to thank each and every one of you for inspiring me to reach for the stars and pursue my passion of contributing to space exploration and utilization. I will miss the compassionate community at JPL, as well as the challenging tasks meant to solve the toughest problems known to man. This is not just another area of science and engineering. What JPL works on is crucial to the future of humanity, including our own survival and our planet's proliferation. I now know what I want to utilize my skills for, and I would like to once again thank JPL and my mentors for impacting my life."
October 1, 2020 | 7:57 p.m
"My experience at JPL was a blast! Thank you to my mentors, Leigh Torgerson and Nate Richard, for offering endless encouragement and technical insight throughout my journey this summer. I am so grateful for their support, and I know the skills and lessons I have learned here at JPL will be invaluable for my career. Can't wait for the future of DTN!"
September 29, 2020 | 12:54 a.m
"I had an amazing experience working at JPL this summer! Although the internship was remote, I still felt very connected to the community through virtual events. I thoroughly enjoyed working with my mentor, Naiara Pinto, who was extremely welcoming and dedicated to helping me learn and increase my understanding of computer science. Her mentorship was invaluable, and I plan to take many of the new skills I learned about app development and security to future internships and careers. I also want to thank Kit Petrie and the FIELDS team at UCR for their support throughout the summer. Interning at JPL has been a dream!"
September 29, 2020 | 12:54 a.m
"Ever since I visited JPL's Open House as a middle-school student, I had dreamed of one day working or interning at JPL. The prospect of exploring space and uncovering secrets about our universe was something that fascinated me. My internship this past summer gave me the opportunity to finally reach that dream. I will remember the experiences I had during the internship for a long time. Everyone in my section was extremely supportive and welcoming, and I really felt that I was part of the team. Although the work was difficult, I was always able to ask for help and clarifications as necessary. In particular, I would like to give special thanks to my mentor, Dragan Nikolic, for guiding and teaching me throughout my internship. Thank you to everyone for allowing me to take part in this amazing opportunity!"
September 29, 2020 | 12:53 a.m
"I had such an amazing experience interning in group 349E this summer with my mentor, Andrew Owens! Andrew truly went above and beyond in these times of uncertainty to provide me with an experience of the JPL "vibe" despite not being physically present on campus. This internship was my first glimpse into the world of space exploration, and I will never forget the guidance that Andrew supplied during the course of my project. I look forward to returning to JPL next summer and building upon the amazing foundation that was started during this internship!"
September 29, 2020 | 12:52 a.m
"My entire summer internship experience is a memory that I will carry with me into my future as I navigate through my career and life in general. Whenever I reflect on the time I spent with JPL, I always think about how fortunate I was to not only have had the opportunity to intern with SACO despite the ongoing pandemic, but also to have gotten to know and learn from such a cool team of cool kids. Even with the virtual environment, I was constantly engaged and learning because my team never hesitated in guiding me through the work that we did. I originally didn't know what to expect since this was my first internship at an organization like JPL, but once my internship concluded, I realized that spending my summer as a virtual SACO intern was pivotal in refining my ideas about the type of career that I want to pursue and where I want to go in life. My experience and everyone that I worked with have inspired me to go on to "Dare Mighty Things," so thank you Elmer, Raquel, Nymo, Ashok, Andre, and Dale!"
September 29, 2020 | 12:51 a.m
"This summer, I had the opportunity to assist in the improvement of long-term wildfire prediction. To spend my lunch breaks watching a wildfire five miles from home send enormous smoke plumes shooting miles into the atmosphere and then being able to go back to work and actually do something about it, gave me a sense of purpose I will never forget. While my work didn't bring immediate relief to the communities affected, one of them being mine, I am hopeful it will help fire agencies better prepare for wildfire seasons here in the western United States in the future. This internship gave me an incredible sense of purpose, and that is something I will carry forever."
September 29, 2020 | 12:48 a.m
"Despite being remote, my experience as an intern at JPL this summer was humbling and amazing. It's an incredible feeling to work alongside with such intelligent and kind people, all while striving to "Dare Mighty Things." I would like to thank my mentors, Dr. Federico Rossi, Dr. Scott Davidoff, and Dr. Joshua Vander Hook, for their support and guidance since summer 2019. They have been nothing but simply amazing. Thank you for pushing me to be a better researcher and for the many answers to my never-ending questions!"
September 29, 2020 | 12:47 a.m
"As a first-generation Mexican-American and the first female in my family to pursue a degree in STEM, my dream has always been to work for NASA. When I got to Caltech and realized that JPL was offering internship positions, I was determined to land one. This was a big accomplishment for me, and I feel very fortunate. My JPL experience allows me to use my skill set to contribute to the foundation and development of a project that will eventually impact the lives of many people around the world. My incredible mentor, JPL Senior Research Technologist Xiaoqing Pi, and I plan to use machine-learning to generate small-scale ionospheric irregularity predictions that will help improve the accuracy and integrity of navigation and communication signals. The exciting thing is that the impact of my internship trickles down to everyone I interact with. It motivates my little brother, who wants to follow in my footsteps, and it inspires my cousins to pursue a college education, which up until recently they thought was impossible. Most important, it has changed my family’s perception of higher education; now they realize its importance, especially for women, and no longer see it as a waste of time. My JPL experience was more than just a summer internship. It’s propelled me one step closer to achieving my dream of working for NASA."
September 29, 2020 | 12:46 a.m