Submitted by Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center, Houston
HOUSTON — McKinney resident Jennifer Hembd recently completed an internship at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, where she assisted with a project central to the retirement of the space shuttles. Hembd, a student at Collin College, landed a NASA internship through the Career Exploration Program.
Hembd interned with the End Users Services Office within the Information Resources Directorate, the organization that acts as the foundation of service for information technology at Johnson. Hembd’s work included archiving space shuttle still and video imagery to be sent to the National Archives.
“The experience I have had at Johnson Space Center has been a dream come true,” Hembd said. “I have learned a great deal about the history of NASA, Johnson Space Center and the history of the space program in general. During my tour at Johnson Space Center I have also been very fortunate to have had the opportunity to meet both past and present astronauts and cosmonauts.”
Hembd expects to graduate in fall 2014 from the University of Texas at Arlington, where she is transferring after the summer. At Collin College, she is pursuing a major in e-business media. She hopes to return to NASA in the future.
The Career Exploration Program acts as a career catalyst for local high school and college students by providing experiential internships at Johnson while the students are enrolled full time in their degree programs. Students work under the guidance of a NASA mentor to develop professional skill sets and provide technical and administrative support to Johnson’s organizations. The program is run through a cooperative agreement between Universities Space Research Association and NASA.