Meet Kayla Greeson, Honors College junior, who interned in the Flight Project Support Branch within the Launch Services Program Business Office at Kennedy Space Center.

The place: Mission Control Room, Kennedy Space Center, Florida.

The view: Satellite launch of the Orbiting Carbon Observatory.

The reaction: Indescribable.

“There is no explanation for the feeling you get when you see something you worked on launch into space successfully,” says Kayla about her internship experience. Having supported the OCO-2 mission the previous month, she was “sitting on console” when she watched team effort take flight. “There is nothing else like hearing the ‘…3-2-1 liftoff!’ on the headset.”

In her division of the Launch Services Program, Kayla helped those who were managing business integration aspects for each mission. The LSP provides satellite owners all of the services necessary to launch their satellite. Kayla helped the Flight Project Support Branch with budgets, support services, and launch service contracts that allow those flights.

Kayla’s mentor was the program integration manager for the OCO-2, and she studied what PIMs do on the job. Her main project was creating a database from which the mission integration team could extrapolate information about common contract modifications for various missions. The job required researching contract actions, identifying data, and organizing information.

Along with increasing her SharePoint skills, Kayla learned about NASA’s procurement process and how it maintains mission-specific budgets, “from how the missions are priced on contract to how the money is allocated.” And she learned plenty about different kinds of commercial space rocket vehicles.

A native of Merritt Island, FL, Kayla would love to work at NASA one day. “There are so many different jobs at NASA, from researching the effects gravity has on plants in space to drafting the designs for future launch pads,” she says. “People come from all backgrounds, and it is remarkable to see how everyone comes together for the common love of space exploration.”