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For Grace Batterden Interning at Goddard Brings Her Joy
August 17, 2011
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A team player and energetic Orioles fan, Grace Batterden has found joy interning at the Office of Communications.

Name: Grace Batterden
Age: 21
Hometown: Olney, Maryland
College: Salisbury University
Major: Political Science Major; Minor in Ethnic and Intercultural Studies
Position: Summer Intern
Code: Office of Communications

What is most interesting about your role here at Goddard?

I work in Building 8 at the Office of Communications. I have a cubicle along with the office’s other intern, but I am out and around campus observing tours and working on my summer projects most of the time. I spend a lot of time interacting with people.

In what way does teamwork play a role in your daily tasks?

Team work is very important. Our project requires different components and strengths. Each of us contributes our area of strength to the project we are working on. Without the other intern in my office, I would be doing everything on my own and I do not think our headway in promoting social media would have gotten as far as it has.
Grace Batterden and her mom Photo of Grace Batterden with her mother at a choir concert. Credit: G. Batterden

What event/activity/project are you most excited about at Goddard?

I am most excited about my involvement in and writing for our series of profiles about the other interns called “Conversations with Goddard: Intern Edition.” Being able to network and meet the other interns is really exciting to me. Being able to find out some of their hobbies and what brought them to Goddard will further our understanding and outreach to future interns. I am also happy that my work will be published on the Goddard external website. Not many people my age can say they are published on a well-known site like Goddard’s!

What makes Goddard a great place to work?

The experience of working with NASA speaks for itself. The credibility and great reputation it has allows for people to come here and strive to do their best. All the people I have met are very dedicated and excited about their job here at Goddard.

Describe the atmosphere of your workplace at NASA Goddard?

The atmosphere of the Office of Communications is great. Everybody is super friendly and welcoming. It is fun to come in and have everyone you are working with be interesting and excited to work on the same things you are working on. They all put a great deal of work into what they do and are dedicated about informing everyone about the great things going on at Goddard.

Grace Batterden at Goddard Day› Click for larger image
Grace Batterden at Goddard Day. Credit: G. Batterden

What are your hobbies outside of the workplace?

I really enjoy swimming and running. Also, I am a big Orioles fan. My family is very important to me; spending time with them is an everyday occurrence.

Is there something surprising about you?

I was in choir for seven years and miss it a lot. I enjoy singing and being a part of a large group of people who enjoy the same. I am also deathly allergic to bees, hornets, and wasps and carry an epi-pen with me everywhere I go.

If you could meet and talk to anybody, living or dead, who would it be and what’s the first thing you’d ask them?

I would love to meet Gandhi. I sometimes lose my temper or patience easily and I would love to know how he grew the tolerance and patience that had the world in awe of his actions.

Is there someplace in the world that you want to visit or someplace you have been and want to go back?

My senior year of high school I went to Costa Rica with my family and it was beautiful. The people were so friendly and welcoming to us. I would also love to visit India which I have not yet seen. Something about non-Western cultures strikes my interest.

What mistakes have you made? What have you learned from them?

I have learned, after many years, that first impressions and judging people come easily to us all, but it is important to take the time to familiarize yourself with new people and who they truly are.
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