Public relations junior Rose Pendley spent the last three months in Houston, Texas, as an intern for NASA.

rosependley Photo provided by Rose Pendley (left).

“The thing that makes NASA’s internship program so unique is that you work on real-world, real-time projects. I never thought I would have as much creative freedom or the level of trust that I am given here…”

By Carole Sheridan
NKU Marketing + Communications intern

Rose Pendley never really thought about working for NASA until her sophomore year of college while taking an astronomy class. The course covered NASA, its history, and its many endeavors. 

Working at NASA became an immediate interest for Rose, who spent time researching open positions and looking at NASA's social media accounts. 

Just one year later, the junior public relations major at Northern Kentucky University’s College of Informatics wrapped up a semester as a public affairs intern at NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.

During her time at NASA, Rose wrote feature stories and success stories for the NASA internship website. She also assisted with social media posts, Facebook live streams, working with robotics, and more.

“On my first day, I thought that I would just spend the entire semester sitting at my desk writing, and then I was publishing features, coordinating astronauts’ schedules, and booking filming locations in labs,” Rose says.

pendley Photo provided by Rose Pendley.

Her latest social media project was to create a social media package for the Super Bowl with the other interns.

During her time as an intern, she also met many astronauts and toured different parts of the facility.

“We toured the moon rock lab, astronaut training facilities, mock-up facilities, and just a lot of really cool things that the public doesn’t have access to,” Rose says.

Rose's time in Houston pushed her graduation date to December of this year, but Rose feels no regrets. Rose has not only improved her writing skills during her internship, but she also learned about the inner workings of NASA.

“The thing that makes NASA’s internship program so unique is that you work on real-world, real-time projects,” Rose said. “I never thought I would have as much creative freedom or the level of trust that I am given here.”

Rose would like to have the chance to go back to work for NASA and hopes to apply for an internship position after she graduates or while she is in graduate school.