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Interns fly into new career paths

RAHS students participate in internships that cater to their passions

By Zakary Sleeth

RAHS senior Brynne Hunt stands with her peers at Blue Origin.

Students at RAHS ready themselves for future careers by gaining work experience through summer internships.

RAHS senior Brynne Hunt started her summer with an internship at Blue Origin, working in a field she hopes to pursue. Blue Origin, a leading company in rocket and space endeavors, provided her with familiarity in the rocket science industry and helped guide her post high school aspirations.

“I went in there with an open mind and ended up really enjoying my summer,” said Hunt. “I was in an environment where my ideas and contributions were really well respected, and being in an environment like that really helped me confirm that this is an industry that I really wanted to be in.”

Readily entering an internship on the magnitude such as Blue Origin is a daunting task for any high school student. That level of commitment for Hunt served as an opportunity to reevaluate her goals.

“Coming out of the school last year I was a little lost, and spending the summer at Blue Origin confirmed that, ‘okay I need to get back on my grind,’ and work really hard,” said Hunt. “If I want to make a contribution to the space industry, then this is what I need to do.”

At her specific internship, Hunt was able to explore the different authorities in rocket design and hone in on her specific interests while contributing to the building and designing of the Blue Origin rockets.

“I know I want to work in space and I’ve known that for a really long time,” said Hunt. “Being in an environment where all the disciplines that are in rocket design are there, [I could] basically go and learn anything from any part of the rocket.”

Coming out of the Internship and into senior year, Hunt has more drive to succeed and works for a purpose, so after college she can work in the space industry. RAHS junior Sydney Brusnighan experienced a similar exposure in her internship at Alaska Airlines working on the simulations for the 737.

“My internship made me more interested in going into engineering because it has so many different parts to it,” said Brusnighan. “They designed the simulations using computer modeling, they’d also repair parts of the simulators, which is really cool, and they’d also deal with the people – all the pilots that came in [and they would help them].”

All the moving parts that came together in the one job was an aspect that appealed to Brusnighan, especially the engineering and 3D model components, both of which she wishes to pursue.
“I didn’t really know how computer modeling would fit into a lot of different parts of aviation, and I didn’t really know which one would be interesting to me, then seeing it through simulations was really cool,” said Brusnighan. “I think that combination of aviation and digital modeling was a really interesting thing that I could probably get into in the future.”

Brusnighan was especially interested in the modeling aspect of the simulations as it combined her interest in engineering with digital modeling.

“The digital modeling of what you’re seeing in the simulation was really cool to me because I always wanted to do something like working at Pixar, or something with computer generated images,” said Brusnighan. “Doing that was really cool and it really interested me and showed me a more practical side of how I could do that in the future.”

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