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Jadin Wilkening ’24 reflects on web development internship with NASA

Jadin Wilkening ’24 is interning with NASA this summer.

Jadin Wilkening ’24 spent her summer traveling between NASA headquarters in Washington, D.C., and the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, for her internship with the space agency’s Disasters Program. 

The program uses Earth-observing data and applied research to improve the prediction of, preparation for, response to, and recovery from hazards and disasters around the world.

Wilkening, a computer science and mathematics major, used a Randolph Innovative Student Experience (RISE) grant to cover her living expenses during the 10-week internship. 

“The financial support allowed me to fully focus on my internship without worrying about the cost of living,” she said. “It also allowed me to embrace the opportunity fully, growing both personally and professionally, and making lasting memories during this pivotal time in my life. It played a crucial role in shaping my internship journey at NASA.”

Wilkening gained hands-on experience and expertise with front-end and back-end technologies, data visualization, and user experience design while working as part of a small team of interns developing and maintaining an internal website that connects scientists, engineers, and researchers with resources, data, and other essential information. 

She also flexed her problem-solving skills and gained confidence contributing to projects.

“The internship has been a transformative experience that bridges the gap between academic learning and real-world application,” said Wilkening, who wants to pursue a career in software engineering or web development. “I’m eager to build on this foundation. These skills are directly transferable to my academic projects and future career pursuits, giving me a competitive edge in the job market.

“As I move forward,” she added, “I feel optimistic and well-prepared to pursue my goals and make a meaningful impact on the technology industry.”

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