What Our Interns Are Saying...
"After weeks of planning the Earth's History SSEAT, it was so great to see our hard work pay off! The most memorable moment of this internship was taking a behind the scenes tour of the Paleontology department's fossil collection. It was amazing for me to see things like dinosaur fossils and mammoth hair. However, it was even more enjoyable seeing the looks on the teacher's faces! They were all in awe of the unique specimens they got to see, and I know the first thing they thought was, "I can't wait to tell my class about this!" I loved that this internship was capped by the Earth's History SSEAT. It was such a great thing to see that even as an intern, my work on planning this event had paid off!" -Aubrey Vaughn
"One of the most memorable moments of this internship was during the Strategic Planning Institute, which took place in late July. I was sitting in the faculty office with the seven faculty members and the SSEC staff, listening as they evaluated the progress of each team’s strategic plan. Concerns and questions were voiced, but there was a shared hope of success for these schools that I felt throughout the room. Each person sitting in the room was not there seeking personal gain, but rather to offer themselves and their knowledge to the teams in the other room that were determined to implement STEM in their schools and change the lives of their students. I was in awe to be sitting with such selfless and driven individuals, realizing that the work that was taking place at the Institute, but also at the SSEC was going to positively impact the futures of many children. It made me develop a further understanding and passion for science and teaching that I hope to carry with me the rest of my life." -Claire Cressman
"The most memorable moment of my internship was when Ashley asked me if I could record the voiceover for the Ada Asks videos! I was nervous because I had never done any voice acting before, but it was so much fun to voice, create, and edit the videos that will be a part of the new Smithsonian Science for the Classroom curriculum. I also enjoyed working with Andre to test out mosquito traps and other projects for the Zika! curriculum. It was so exciting to experience inquiry-based science firsthand and create resources that will be used all around the world." -Sami Chiang
"One of my most memorable experiences at the SSEC was having the opportunity to participate in the Science Education Institute for Leadership Development and Strategic Planning. At this week-long event, teams of dedicated educators, administrators, and other stakeholders learn more about the LASER model and work together to develop a strategic plan for their STEM program. I had the opportunity to not only to attend the event but also was given the privilege of participating in the sessions and interacting with the STEM professionals. As a future educator, this experience was priceless. Having the opportunity to take an active role in events like this one has made my internship experience both career and life-changing. The knowledge and experience gained while at the SSEC has equipped me with a unique skill set that I am confident will gain me success in a career in STEM education." -Courtney Petty
"I've always loved learning, but it can often be hard to find communities where that is unequivocally the case. Even on my college campus it's difficult to find a room where everyone not only loves to learn, but will openly embrace that passion and comfortably allow others to do the same. At the SSEC, however, this was the case, and I'm extremely grateful for the curiosity and commitment that my coworkers demonstrated on a daily basis. It was inspiring and exciting to be a part of, and in retrospect, it has undoubtedly affected my career path moving forward." -Matthew Williams