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Student Suzy Hewitt in front of a space shuttle

George Mason University Honors College student Suzy Hewitt landed an internship at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, National Air and Space Museum near Mason.

Space, the First Frontier on a Career Path

Suzy Hewitt and Roxana Kazemi are leading hands-on, innovative learning sessions on outer space, primarily at the museum’s Stephen F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Northern Virginia on the weekends. They also may get the opportunity to work at the National Air and Space Museum’s Washington, D.C., location.

“The study of space doesn’t just affect the scientists or one country; it’s a global interest able to be shared by people of all backgrounds.”

Suzy Hewitt

The sophomores are working at least 15 hours a month as “explainers,” talking to visitors about subjects including forces of flight and humans in orbit. “We hope to inspire lifelong learners by connecting them to iconic artifacts and stories about the science and technology that make innovation possible,” says Kazemi of Vienna, Va. “There’s even the chance to teach people how to land a space shuttle or show them how a space shuttle toilet works.”

Hewitt, an astronomy major, finds space has unlimited reach. “As someone who has always been interested in science, it’s amazing to see other people excited and interested in something that is so important in the scientific community,” says the Warrenton, Va., native.