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Air Force Research Laboratory

Research Inern

June - August 2020 • Rome, NY

What I liked

Very hands-off style of mentorship. Internship allowed me to learn a new skill and perform largely independent research with guidance from two highly experienced researchers.

What I wish was different

Pandemic made the internship remote. I wish I was able to perform the internship on site.

Advice

Be prepared to take a personal stake in teaching yourself some of the required material.
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Research Scholar Intern

May - July 2020 • Albuquerque, NM

What I liked

I had an awesome mentor who taught me so much. I learned a new coding language and other software as well as some experience with a professional environment.

What I wish was different

It was completely online because of the pandemic, so I wish it could have been in person on base.

Advice

I found out about this opportunity from an upperclassman who was a TA for one of my classes - so my advice is to ask everyone where they have worked or interned and what it was like or how it went!
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Mathematician Intern

May - August 2019 • Rome, NY

What I liked

I greatly enjoyed the freedom and hands-off approach to the internship which allowed me to explore and challenge myself in my learning and understanding of new mathematical concepts.

What I wish was different

Since the program was new and it was the first time it was implemented, there were certain kinks in scheduling which made it a little difficult to get comfortable in the work environment as I had little knowledge about the location. They also had little knowledge about affordable housing in the area for the summer.

Advice

It is important to go in with an open mind as there will often be people from around the United States, and even from other countries, who will suddenly be your partner or work-mate. Both of you will bring different experiences to the table and it is important to recognize that they are all important in understanding the problem and subject from multiple angles.
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Intern, Analyst

June - August 2017 • Rome, NY

What I liked

There are a wide variety of projects that are occurring at the lab. Also, the work schedule is rather flexible, and the Utica-Rome area is cheap to live in.

What I wish was different

Some regions of the lab have poor utilities coverage (wonky heating, poor WiFi, etc).

Advice

Regarding this internship site: they do not employ many interns directly; they hire contractors. Consequently, if you want to work at the Lab, it may be a good idea to apply for a job at the contractor's company/organization (such as the Griffiss Institute), who will then "loan" you to the Lab for the summer.
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