Our fourth general meeting invited two government agencies with a lot of opportunities for engineers -- NASA Armstrong Flight Research Center and the Peace Corps! We welcomed a speaker from each of these two agencies to talk about internships, the application process, and advice about their respective fields. They discussed the benefits that come along with working for each of their organizations. Both options are very rewarding and exciting paths -- but the application process can be rough in both cases! The two women panelists gave their honest advice on how to stick out among the many, many applicants they receive and gave a run-down on the steps to take in order to apply. Afterwards, they both had set-up booths for people to approach them with questions and further information. People huddled around the two tables, eager to ask questions and take home some goodies. Overall, it was an excellent experience and one that really helped attendees be best prepared for applications and interviews. I know many of the young women engineers in the room, myself included, left that evening with a bit more confidence than they did before they entered that room. These positions are not as far-fetched as they may seem -- but we must put ourselves out there in order to be offered these opportunities.
Jayapriya Vengadesan (2017-2018)
Jayapriya is an undergraduate student studying bioengineering.
Cindy Yanez (2016-2017)