University of Tulsa media studies sophomore Alex Isaak has accepted a NASA internship at Johnson Space Center in Houston. She will begin a 10-week writing position focused on the Orion constellation on June 5.
Isaak, of St. Louis, Missouri, applied to NASA after TU’s Office of Career Services notified her of the opportunity. She has always been interested in space and remembers memorizing all of the planets during spring break as a third grader.
“There’s so much we don’t know about it,” she said. “It’s pretty exciting as a communication major to intern for an organization that promotes space exploration.”
Isaak is a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma soriority and the TU Honors Program. She also works as a producer for TUTV. Faculty and mentors supported her internship application with recommendation letters and advice.
“When you think of NASA, you think of math and science,” Isaak said. “Interning as a liberal arts student is an example of my degree’s versatility.”
She began her freshman year as an undeclared major but found her calling after taking a class with Assistant Professor Ben Peters.
“He’s the reason I got into the field of communications,” Isaak said. “With his advising, everything is a possibility because the faculty are always on your side.”
Although she took advanced math and science classes in high school, Isaak said a media studies degree fits well with her personality. She enjoys writing and public speaking and likes how her major encompasses many other disciplines.
“I will have so many options after graduation,” Isaak said. “I’m learning you have to be a self-starter and personalize your degree in order to stand out from other majors.”