My name is Kat Holsinger and I'm a rising senior at Embry-Riddle in Daytona Beach, currently studying aerospace engineering. This past summer I got the awesome opportunity to do a remote internship with a.i. solutions as an aerospace/software engineering intern for its tech support division. I got to work on converting a few previous internal demos into SMPs that anyone who uses FreeFlyer can utilize, while also working with many amazing tech support, development, and sales staff!
First and foremost, I got to learn all of the ins and outs of the FreeFlyer software. This really helped me get comfortable with object-oriented programming and helped further my knowledge of astrodynamics. In addition, my workplace communication skills were really put to the test, especially given this was a remote internship.
I loved working with so many FreeFlyer pros and seeing their amazing work, and they were super helpful whenever I had questions about anything. In general, everyone I met was really cool and I loved being around a bunch of fellow space nerds. I also had a lot of fun using FreeFlyer itself, it's definitely a great skill to have now going into my astronautics-focused senior year at university.
Going into the internship, I was very nervous, but I quickly learned I didn't have much to worry about and that all of the resources I needed to succeed were within reach. With the pandemic, there are some challenges with interacting and getting to know people, but that just made my communication skills that much better!
I definitely intend to utilize FreeFlyer in my senior design course for that extra bit of edge and wow factor. On top of that, this internship exposed me to what it's like to work in the aerospace industry, and just in a professional office environment in general, which will be helpful to me after I graduate.
If any aspiring a.i. solutions interns are reading this right now, don't be afraid to apply and really push yourself for that job you want! And when you get that job, don't be afraid to ask questions. I promise everyone isn't as scary as they seem and you'll enjoy every moment.