THATCHER – An old saying says, shoot for the moon and even if you miss, you’ll land amongst the stars.
Steven G. Schmidt, assistant director for strategic implementation at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center (AFRC) in Edwards, Calif., was a speaker at the Eastern Arizona College (EAC) Activities Center – Lee Little Theater on Monday. The main aim of his lecture was to recruit students for the NASA internships and scholarships.
“We need technicians, mechanics (and) machinists,” Schmidt said. “The possibilities out there are endless.”
Schmidt was joined by Yvonne Gibbs, webmaster, and IT communications manager at NASA AFRC.
“We need human resources; we need people telling our story,” Gibbs said. “I want to encourage folks to look into it. I would really like to see a lot of Arizona participation. I don’t think we have any Arizona interns right now.”
The deadlines are coming up for NASA internships and scholarships. If a student is accepted into the NASA program, they will be paid $15 an hour and have the same requirements as a government employee. The requirements include paid sick leave, a certain amount of work hours and time off as needed.
Schmidt said that, above everything else, the main requirement he needs from any perspective intern is a positive attitude.
“You can be the smartest guy in the room, but if you don’t have a good attitude, I can’t handle that,” Schmidt said.
Below is a video presented at the lecture.