Edson Hernandez Sanchez, Mechanical Engineering

Los Angeles Community College District (LACCD) – East Los Angeles College, California

I’m studying mechanical engineering at the University of Southern California. With this degree, I hope to one day work on rockets or satellites; however, my ultimate goal is to become an astronaut and add to the legacy of Mexican people who’ve traveled to space.

I also want to serve as a positive role model for the people in my neighborhood who face many of the same challenges I have faced and still work to overcome. This includes being low income, under represented in higher education and also undocumented in cases. Through this internship at AECOM, I will be able to show the residents of my community that it’s possible to achieve great things with a Fortune 500 company, regardless of one’s background.