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Electrical Engineering Intern

May - August 2019 • San Antonio, TX

What I liked

Very hands on, worked on a project with a small team.

What I wish was different

Some events were really touch and go, more organization.

Advice

If you are interested in government service try to get an internship. There are many programs and civil servants exist (you are not part of the military).
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Nondestructive Testing Functional Manager

January 2018 • Scott Air Force Base, IL

What I liked

The opportunity to research aspects of Additive Manufacturing capabilities for the Air force. Learn and understand the material properties of polymer, thermoplastic polymers, and metal AM printed parts. Also understanding that with such capability you will need to formulate a sound quality control measure to control and guarantee the production of the parts manufactured at the different operating bases and strategic repair nodes throughout the continental US.

What I wish was different

The strenuous process of gathering metrics and quantifying different data streams to showcase the advantages of addtitive manufacturing technology. Also, understanding which companies are excelling in this capability over others to ensure that I recieved adequate and credible information on the different types of printers. Gauging the true scope of what industry is doing in comparison to what academia has already achieved in controlled experiments.

Advice

That there is a lot of fear that surrounds new technology or sciences when it is introduced to in uninformed populace. I faced countless nay sayers when I was advancing to the next stages of my research. There was alot of disbelief in the fact that the industries were already printing metal additive parts. This type of thinking created alot of risk adverse behaviors that stifled creativity and the pursuit of advancement. If you believe in something to be the best course of action then keep striving to achieve it. You will need to do a lot of convincing along the way, but once you have the facts and the data to support it then you will not be hindered by disbelief and paranoia.
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crew cheif

February 2018 • Dover, DE

What I liked

Fixing planes

What I wish was different

The location

Advice

There's a lot of hand on experience you don't get in the class
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Program Director

August 2015 - September 2019 • Hurlburt Field, FL

What I liked

Working with students-I was the medical program director for a military training squadron. I scheduled paramedics to go out into the field with the students, and was able to assist with many events. (I am also an EMT). I also Organized many mass casualty events that involved multiple organizations in the area.

What I wish was different

Not much. More recognition would be nice. It was a great squadron to work for and all my teammates were wonderful.

Advice

Don't sweat the small stuff. If there are things that you can't control, don't let yourself get worked up over it. Don't be afraid to speak up if you see something that is wrong. Help people where you can, and direct them to others if it's something you can't help them with.
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Fixed-Wing Aircraft Crew Chief

October 2015 • Salt Lake City, UT

What I liked

The experience to travel the world and the doors it opens for my future career.

What I wish was different

N/A

Advice

Great opportunity for a career as well as a path that will pay for school. I recommend joining before you are done with school so that you can capitalize on the benefits.
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Military

March 2019 • Charlotte, NC

What I liked

Allows for great flexibility to complete school and serve in our nations armed forces.

What I wish was different

Better Pay

Advice

The GI Bill offered by the employer as a benefit is a great way to pay for college.
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Civil Engineering Technician Intern

May 2016 • Fairchild Air Force Base, WA

What I liked

Sense of purpose, contributing to nation, etc.

What I wish was different

More work variability

Advice

The Air Force offers great benefits and takes care of their people.
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Military instructor

April 2017 • Port Hueneme Cbc Base, CA

What I liked

What I wish was different

Advice

The military has been both the most difficult and rewarding things in my life.
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Air Force Global Strike Command Intern

July - August 2019 • Barksdale Air Force Base, LA

What I liked

Spoke to General Officers and Colonels, was briefed on classified material, went to two other bases in Texas and Wyoming, rode on C-130 over Texas and a UH-1 Huey helicopter over the missile fields in Wyoming, shadowed multiple career fields, traveled, experienced the south, networked with other cadets, flew simulators for the B-52 and B-1, operated firetrucks and their equipment, and had a great time overall.

What I wish was different

I wish it had been longer.

Advice

Stay hungry, be humble, and be a cadet in Air Force ROTC if you want something similar to this experience.
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USAF JAG office volunteer

July - August 2019 • Yigo, GU

What I liked

The people were nice, and valued my opinion and time. They asked me what my thoughts were on things and I felt that I made an impact.

What I wish was different

I wish I had been there long enough to get a security clearance, but that's not a JAG office problem, just a fact of the Air Force.

Advice

JAG offices are always busy and would love help. If you have base access, reach out to yours.
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Hydraulic Technician

March 2017 • Colorado Springs, CO

What I liked

Loved it

What I wish was different

More trips to go on

Advice

Very fun and informative
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Aerospace Propulsion Specialist

July 2013 • Joint Base Mdl, NJ

What I liked

I enjoy working hands-on and with a group to troubleshoot engine malfunctions

What I wish was different

Nothing.

Advice

This is an ongoing job but very fulfilling, recommend to everyone.
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Computer Science Intern

May - August 2019 • Ogden, UT

What I liked

I really enjoyed the thought that was placed into the full program that I was in :)

What I wish was different

I wish that the first month of the summer was constructed a little better. I felt like I was in meeting after meeting.

Advice

If you see a future working for the federal government this might be the opportunity for you! It has a great technical aspect to it.
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Aeronautical Engineering Intern

May - August 2019 • Warner Robins, GA

What I liked

Very enriching experience overall. I really enjoyed learning about the different components of aircraft that I was working on over the summer

What I wish was different

Wish the internship would have been more organized

Advice

Don't be nervous, not everyone working for the government are men in black. They're just regular, ever day people who happen to work for our country.
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medic

June 2019 • Ramstein-Miesenbach, Rhineland-Palatinate

What I liked

Providing emergency medical care for casualties returning from deployment

What I wish was different

absolutely nothing

Advice

if you want to be in the medical field and are considering enlisting, go Air Force
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Airman

July - October 2019 • San Antonio, TX

What I liked

I learned a new level of self-discipline. The educational benefits of the Air National Guard are amazing! Essentially i am getting paid to go to school and it is only a 6 year contract working one weekend each month!

What I wish was different

Nothing.

Advice

I would try to choose a job, while joining that has a sign on bonus and a kicker for the GI Bill attached to it!
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Air Traffic Controller

June 2019 • Comayagua, Comayagua

What I liked

Location, culture and people

What I wish was different

Less restrictions

Advice

Knowing Spanish before arriving helps
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Marketing Administrator

March - July 2019 • Dyess Air Force Base, TX

What I liked

Graphic design

What I wish was different

The people. There was no honesty in the workplace.

Advice

Make sure you do an in-person interview before accepting a position.
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Military

April - October 2019 • Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi Emirate

What I liked

Working with foreign nationals.

What I wish was different

The heat, I should’ve better prepared for 120 degrees daily.

Advice

Maintain an open mind in all you do, as you’ll learn about new cultures and people.
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Linguist

October 2014 • Augusta, GA

What I liked

I love the job pace, moral, community.

What I wish was different

Advice

Definitely to be more so prepared for a pace change, timeliness is key.
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