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.

The presentation gave an overview of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce challenges, the current state of the workforce and the development of the advanced rocket and spacecraft, NASA’s Orion. It will carry four astronauts to missions beyond the moon, launching from Florida aboard the Space Launch System (SLS). 

Matthew Pearce, national aeronautics and space administration (NASA) education programs specialist, addresses students at the virtual industry connection seminar series.

Pearce 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.

The OSTEM Internship Program provides high school to graduate level students with research and other experiential learning opportunities across the agency. Internships are available for STEM and non-STEM students, up to six months post-graduation. 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 convert to permanent employment.

To see a list of internships currently available, visit: