Student Insider: Jasmin Evans

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  • There are lots of internship opportunities out there, if you are willing to go out and look for them. Look in places that may not be obvious at first, it may surprise you what you find is available. It was only from talking to friends that I found out about the possibility of visiting NASA and I was lucky enough to intern at their NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. I worked with the science communication and outreach team, and was lucky enough to interview Nobel Laureate John Mather on his views about how to get more young people into STEM. I also had a full tour of the facility, from the JWST clean rooms, through to one of the largest vacuum chambers on the planet, whilst meeting some truly amazing people, and some pretty awesome robots!
  • Push yourself… you never know what you can achieve until you try. Famously Gene Cernan, the last man on the Moon, who I was fortunate enough in my life to have met, said pretty much this, go for your goal, never give up on your dreams, make the impossible, possible.
  • Talk to people! Learn from others about their experiences in university and various classes.
  • Get involved with events going on within your department, you never know what opportunities may arise. I was lucky enough to get an internship offer through outreach work I did at my university, which lead to many other opportunities.
  • Do your research! It is very important to go and see the different universities you are applying to, you will get a feel for the department and usually have the chance to speak to current students too.
  • Don’t panic! The road to a degree or indeed a career is definitely not a straight line, things may not go your way the first time. If this happens, don’t panic! You will learn a lot along the way, and it will work out in the end.