Friday, July 25th, 2008 – Cleveland, OH
Dr. Whitlow is the Glenn Research Center Director. He sat down with all of the Glenn interns to ask us questions about ourselves, and our experience working at the Glenn Research Center this summer. He asked us questions like, "Why did you all decided to come to NASA?" and "Are you, your friends, and your family excited about what NASA is trying to do in terms of going back to the moon and then on to Mars?" Many people said they decided to come to NASA because they heard about the internship through a teacher or other students at their university who had interned at NASA. Many people said that their friends and family do not even know about what NASA is doing because it is not heavily advertised. Also, many said that their friends and family are not very excited about what NASA is doing when they tell them about it because they do not see how it relates to them. When Whitlow asked us how NASA could improve its exposure, many agreed that the NASA channel should be revamped to include different programs geared towards a variety of ages and educational backgrounds. In addition, one intern added that NASA should push to get the ban on NASA lobbying removed so that NASA could also advertise what it is doing through commercials on general network channels. Whitlow asked how many of us would be willing to come back for an internship to design programs for NASA TV, and quite a few raised their hands.