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Katy resident Radina Khalid recently completed an internship at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston where she classified technical reports, researched ways to improve communication through social media and researched project management. Khalid, a student at James E. Taylor High School, landed a NASA internship through the Interdisciplinary National Science Project Incorporating Research and Education Experience (INSPIRE) program.

Khalid interned in the Advanced Planning Office, the organization that performs independent and objective assessments for early-stage conceptual developments and integrates multiple forward-looking initiatives at Johnson. Khalid helped summarize new innovations for patent lawyers and organize metadata libraries.

“Aside from the great amount of NASA-based information, I learned that every day is an interview at work,” Khalid says. “You meet quite a lot of new people every day who can be potential coworkers in the future.”

“Radina has been wonderful to work with this summer,” says her mentor, Adrianne Blume. “Not only is she very intelligent and capable, but the maturity, confidence and professionalism that she portrays is a rare find in high school students.”

Khalid expects to graduate in June 2012. She plans to study mechanical engineering and computer science after high school.

INSPIRE is a multi-tier, year-round program designed for high school students who are interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics careers. Participants compete for a paid residential internship summer experience at any of the NASA centers.

For more information about NASA or the INSPIRE program, visit www.nasa.gov.

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