What is most interesting about your role here at Goddard?
I began any task by first doing research. I need to understand what I am going to do and how to do it. Second, but not less important, I talk with people and obtain their feedback. Communication involves always being in contact with people and listening to them.
Teamwork is very important! It is very helpful when developing an idea and when delegating tasks. When working with other people you learn from them and vice versa.
How did you find out about the opportunity at Goddard?
I was in class and a friend texted me to let me know that NASA recruiters were at my college. I said to myself that you never know when a good opportunity will show up and went to the interview.
Who is the most interesting, inspiring, or amazing person you have met or worked with at Goddard?
Last year, I went on a VIP Tour. My assignment was to cover the visit and write a press release for Goddard View. The tour was for Col. Richard Cole, one of eight surviving members of the first group of Americans to bomb Japan in World War II. This group, called the “Doolittle Raiders,” conducted their airstrike on April 18, 1942. When Col. Cole came to Goddard, he was 95 years old but had the energy of a 5 year old. He was interested in everything and asking about things throughout the tour. He is a very strong and young soul who continues to keep interested in learning. Link to article
|Photo of Grace Montalvo De León and her sister. Credit: G. Montalvo De León|
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Grace Montalvo De Leon with Melissa Quejada and Col. Richard Cole, one of eight surviving members of the first group of Americans to bomb Japan in World War II. Credit: G. Montalvo De León
What lessons or words of wisdom would you pass along to somebody just starting their internship at Goddard?
Do not waste a minute and make the most out of this great opportunity! This applies in the workplace and in day to day life as well!
How do you feel a non-science internship fits into NASA?
A non-science internship is very important for NASA’s operations. NASA has tremendous scientific and other technical talent, but without the administrators and other non-technical people, the projects could not go forward. As an intern in the Office of Communications, I can tell you that communications at NASA is very important. We need to let people know about what NASA does and what we are achieving every day here at Goddard.
I used to think this was a place where only scientists were able to work. Now I know that there is a place for all types of people to work and grow here.