NASA has an ultra-competitive internship for high school students that only accept 5% of applicants at any given time and SpaceX is no different. However, The Knowledge Society (TKS) has been able to prove that getting its students into NASA and SpaceX is not rocket science at all. The global innovation program is celebrating three of its students that recently got internship into both space institutions.
Melanie Aguirre, a 17-year-old from Colombia who lives in New York, is a high school student at TKS who got internship at NASA. According to her, “I found out about the NASA SEES internship through Linkedin, and I submitted an application directly. I applied for the virtual internship, and 25% out of 800 were accepted. My internship starts on July 1st, and I will be working on the meteorite team. The internship will last a month, and I will be presenting my work at a virtual symposium that lasts 3 days.”
She further explains how the TKS tech program for high school students helped her. “I would like to give a special thank you to TKS. I started a Space Tech focus, and throughout my process have been able to learn more and expand on this interest. Through TKS, I am a part of a smaller opportunity called “Velocity”. This is a program with some requirements under the promise that we will grow 10x and push past our current limits. I can say with a lot of certainty that participating in Velocity has allowed me to grow as a person and feel more confident in myself.”
Valkyrie Holmes, an 18-year-old TKS alumna from Las Vegas who got an internship at SpaceX, shares her story. “I found the internship last summer when I was looking for interesting tech opportunities with cool companies and found that SpaceX had summer internships with no real requirements other than being enrolled in a college and going for engineering. The internship starts around June 27th and lasts for three months. I’ll be working as an associate avionics engineer on Falcon 9 but it’s subject to change! I’m hoping to learn a ton of interesting techniques for CAD modeling, adjust to new software, and build/prep circuits for spacecrafts.”
For Neha Shukla, a 17-year-old from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, her internship at NASA is a huge stepping stone to achieving her dreams in STEM. “I first heard about the STEM Enhancement in Earth Sciences (or NASA SEES) internship when I was scrolling through NASA’s website, and I thought it was the perfect opportunity to pursue my passion in STEM and create a tangible impact on my community. I was selected among over 800 applicants in the competitive internship with less than 10% accepted. I’ll have the opportunity to join NASA scientists and engineers this summer in Austin, Texas to work onsite on exciting projects and even get special access to the Johnson Space Center in Houston!”
Neha continues, “Thanks to the support and mentorship from TKS, I was able to find my passion for STEM and realize that my love for helping the community can translate into careers in science and technology. By being a part of The Knowledge Society, I discovered the possibilities for creating an impact using science and technology, understanding that anyone can be an innovator.”
About The Knowledge Society (TKS)
TKS is a stem program for high school students who have ever wondered about ‘how to get an internship at NASA’, ‘how to get a job at SpaceX’, or ‘how to become an astronaut’. The 10-month program was “developed with CEOs and global leaders, modeled after curriculums from Stanford, Harvard, and MIT, and is designed to replicate the learning environment and culture of Silicon Valley.”
Please visit tks.world to learn more about the afterschool program for high school students.