Federal employers available for networking at upcoming internship opportunity fair

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NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center has hosted 20 OWF interns since 2009 and representatives will be on hand to discuss new internship opportunities at OWF's March 29 outreach event at Fort Meade.

Are you an active duty Service member looking for a way to more productively use your time while you recover from a wound, illness or injury? Join us on March 29 at Fort Meade, Maryland in the McGill Training Center from 8:30 to 11 a.m. to learn more about Operation Warfighter, a Federal internship program for wounded, ill and injured recovering Service members.

At the event, you’ll be able to network with a wide range of Federal employers, including NASA, which has been hosting OWF interns at their Maryland Goddard Space Flight Center since 2009.

“It is our intent to give back on an individual basis, to those who have already made great sacrifices,” said Christopher Durachka, the OWF coordinator at Goddard. “This mission also allows our center to recruit from a dedicated, talented, diverse pool of candidates to support our space and science missions.”


To date, Goddard has hosted more than 20 OWF interns. Past interns hosted at Goddard have supported the Engineering Directorate, as well as being involved with planning and logistics support, software testing, information technology (IT) support and photography, as well as providing support to the Goddard Mission Control Centers, assisting network engineers to develop next generation communication networks and much more.

Service members in uniform participate in a tour of the Goddard Space Flight Center.

In addition to hosting interns, Goddard Space Flight Center has also organized tours of the facility for prospetive interns and their families and career counselors. Photo courtesy of Goddard Space Flight Center.

In addition, Goddard has hosted two tours of the Goddard facility for prospective interns. Family members and military career transition counselors were also invited. After both tours, the Service members expressed that they were surprised to learn that you don’t have to be a “rocket scientist” to work at Goddard.

“It is proven that placing a Service member in a supportive work situation positively impacts their recuperation and transition,” Durachka said, adding that he thinks the NASA OWF program has the potential for as much success as other NASA missions. “I am hoping this effort continues a similar path of ever expanding human boundaries.”

To meet with representatives from NASA as well as other Federal agencies with internships available, don’t forget to join us on Thursday! You can also send any questions about internships or OWF events to warriorcare@osd.mil.