The engineering and technology department launched this spring’s industry connection seminar series with Matthew Pearce, national aeronautics and space administration (NASA) education programs specialist and Rosalba Giarratano, pathways intern at the Goddard Institute for Space Studies.

Pearce addressing students about the importance of STEM research.

Pearce’s presentation gave an overview of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce challenges, the current state of the workforce and how NASA research teams are also using drones to measure the urban heat island effect.

“Bring some deep thought to your future and apply that to your career decision and it will propel you forward,” Pearce advised students.

Pearce also spoke about the efforts taking place in the NASA climate change research initiative, the need to correct the disparity of the current workforce and the high demand for interest in STEM fields in order to achieve missions set in place.

Giarratano gave insight into STEM engagement, NASA’s internship application and interview process and used her own experience as an intern to resonate with students. She provided tips to students about what is best to include in their applications, opportunities presented to interns once hired and the importance of the work they accomplish.

“One last thing I want to point out about the internships here is that when you become a NASA intern, the work you do is relevant and inclusive,” stated Giarratano. “Research teams rely heavily on interns.”

The NASA Pathways Intern Employment Program is open to current students and individuals accepted for enrollment in qualifying educational programs. This program provides opportunities to work and explore careers while still in school. After successful completion of the internship, a student may have the opportunity to converted to permanent employment.

To see a list of internships currently available, visit: