Internships at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum are providing an almost-out-of-this-world learning opportunity for two George Mason University students. The experience also could help them land dream careers.
Suzy Hewitt and Roxana Kazemi are leading hands-on, innovative learning sessions on outer space, primarily at the museum’s Stephen F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Northern Virginia on the weekends. They also may take the opportunity to work at the National Air and Space Museum’s Washington, D.C., location during the week.
The sophomores are working at least 15 hours a month as “explainers,” talking to visitors about subjects including forces of flight and humans in orbit. “We hope to inspire lifelong learners by connecting them to iconic artifacts and stories about the science and technology that make innovation possible,” says Kazemi of Vienna, Va. “There’s even the chance to teach people how to land a space shuttle or show them how a space shuttle toilet works.”