Industry: Computer Science/Technology
Type of Internship: Mechanical Engineering
Student Name: Pong-Ravee Halelamien
Graduation Year: 2016
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Minor: None
Position Title: Machinist intern
Hours: 35 hours per week
Paid or Unpaid: Unpaid, full-time

What do you do as an intern at this organization?


  1. As an intern at CreativeRXN, I helped manufacture and construct the Prometheus 3K, a rocket test-stand that could handle 3,000 pounds of thrust. I assisted by operating the CNC mill, bridgeport mill, lathes, welder, and various saws. 


How did you find this internship?


  1. I found this internship through BotsIQ and StarBot. During the BotsIQ competition, I met the founder of CreativeRXN, Zachary Howard. 


What do you enjoy most about your internship?


  1. I enjoyed the amount of trust my boss, Zach, had in me. He trusted my engineering decisions and allowed me to handle any given situation as deemed appropriate. In addition to working hard until 1am on most days, we became close friends. 


What do you find challenging?
  1. I encountered tools and machinery that I've never operated before. Prior to the internship, I'd never operated a MIG welder, a lathe, nor a bandsaw. I faced a few obstacles, but thanks to some guidance, I quickly learned the basics of each machine. 


What advice would you offer to someone who wants to make the most of an internship like yours?
  1. My advice would be to learn anything about everything when given the opportunity. At first I was hesitant to use the chop-saw to cut the steel plate because of the sparks, but I quickly became comfortable with it. 


About the Organization

Weston, FL

  1. CreativeRXN Weston, Florida

    Founded in 2011 by Zach Howard, an Aerospace Engineer from Georgia Tech, CreativeRXN provides scientists and engineers from all walks of life with platforms to develop space related technology. Our company is based on the philosophy that innovation can come from anyone, anywhere. Until recently, experimental space technology required huge budgets and advanced electronics. We are changing that paradigm, by combining advances in microprocessor and data acquisition technology with lean start up sensibility. Come help us make a ding in the universe!