"Strange internship"

Posted: Jan 11 2021

General


Position:

Data Science Intern

Term:

Spring 2018

Location:

Kennedy Space Center, FL

Category:

Software Engineering

Reviewer


Major:

Computer Science

Classification:

Junior

School:

N/A

International Student:

N/A

Compensation


Hourly | Monthly:

Undisclosed Salary

Relocation:

$0

Final Thoughts


Would you recommend this internship to a friend?

No.

Are you returning?

Not sure.

Summary


I believe in NASA and their mission. I think they are the coolest agency there is. I'd love to work there in a technical capacity. It's unfortunate for me that this happened. I was misled about what the internship was about in my opinion. It was supposed to be a data science internship. Initially they had invited me to private nasa events with fancy dinners, which I thought was extremely nice but weird. At the very beginning my warm welcome was calling me a "broke" intern, and said that I should just "forget" working on data science/software projects for the meantime for this internship. They even told me they would lie to my next employers about tools I didn't work on such as MongoDB, SQL and the latest databases all so I do things that would not help my career. Instead it was a share-point "job" that several "nasa" federal IT employees were not doing. I had no idea where I was going in my career, or even whether return to school since I had no idea what the data sci/software field was about. In the end I was told I was an easy to manipulate person. I was expecting an internship even if I was just observing someone in the software field, or data science to get me a better idea of it. Instead I got this. Especially now after working for different employers. I no longer have a doubt in my mind that they were overly nice to me to use that to manipulate me to doing things that were not part of my career track, since they were not doing themselves. Look, I understand I'm not perfect myself. However to fire me for bringing up the issue seems a little too far, and probably against 5 U.S.C Retaliation for Employees who Engage in Protected Activity—5 U.S.C. § 2302(b)(9)Taking, failing to take, or threatening to take or fail to take a personnel action for ―(A) the exercise of any appeal, complaint, or grievance right granted by any law, rule, or regulation

Work


3

Stressful

1

Never be touched again

1

Not related to career

Manager/Mentor


1

Never in office

2

Vague answer

Team


1

No training

1

Felt like a liability

Social


3

Once a month

2

Rarely

Location


5

City never sleeps

5

Move immediately

Benefits


Provided housing

Activities(e.g. ping-pong, board games, etc.)

Free breakfast or lunch/dinner

Snack bar

Free beverages

Free coffee/tea

Opportunity to receive certifications

Public transportation subsidy

Excursion/Tours

Free swag/merchandise

Flexible schedule

Vacation days

Discounts on company products

Gym/Recreation center products

Company laptop/monitor products

Wellness/Medical center