#NDSUintern Spotlight Blog

Intern: Emma Anderson

Major:Industrial Engineering & Management

Company: Collins Aerospace – Heritage Hamilton Sundstrand

Location of Internship: Houston, Texas

Internship Title: EMU Project Engineering Co-op



  • Why did you choose the company that you work for?
    • I have worked for Collins Aerospace the past year as an Industrial Engineering Co-op and discovered this opportunity through a monthly newsletter of the company explaining our work with NASA. The opportunity to assist on EMUs (Extravehicular Mobility Units – Space Suits) sounded incredible and I reached out to an employee who connected me with an engineering manager at the site.
  • What were some of the requirements for your internship?
    • In terms of requirements for my co-op – the interns/co-ops in this role need to be analytical, adaptable, detail oriented, and passionate about space.
  • What is your favorite part about your internship experience?
    • My favorite part of my internship experience is being able to see the impact of the work we’re completing – knowing I have an impact on space activities.
  • What is the most challenging part of your internship? How have you overcome these obstacles? 
    • The most challenging part of my internship has been the amount of information to learn. However, I’ve decided to take it as a challenge and I’m trying to immerse myself in as much information on EMUs/ISS (International Space Station) as possible..
  • How did you find your internship?
    • Through your own self-guided research
  • Why was it beneficial for you to register your internship for credit through the Internship Program?
    • Being registered for credits through the Internship Program keeps me enrolled full-time back at NDSU. Go Bison!
  • What advice would you give a student who is in the process of applying to an internship?
    • Finding the first work experience is the hardest, after that it’s about communicating with your network and letting your work prove itself.


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