VSDC Summer 2020 Internships

VSDC Summer 2020 Internships


We proud to announce the VSDC STEM interns who have accepted the opportunity to join and contribute to the VSDC initiative. The interns are as follows, Jarius Hillman, Hannah Velasquez, and Skyle Close-Arzon. Further information on these rising applicants can be found under the VSDC About Us page. All three applications offer various high-level skills in engineering, economics, and aerospace experience, as well as leadership, teambuilding, and quick-learning skills.


Jarius Hillman is a native of Rustburg, VA who graduated from Rustburg High School where he played football, basketball, ran track as well as sung in the school’s choir. He attended Old Dominion University where he graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering with an emphasis in design, and he’s also a graduate student in their CyberSecurity Program. Jarius’s plans are to serve, protect, and innovate his country through engineering and tech solutions. In his free time, he likes to workout, play video games, sing, and read his Bible.


My name is Hannah Velasquez and I was born and raised in Idaho. I moved to Virginia with my husband in 2017, and we drove down here from Illinois. We sent pictures back home along our drive (as pictured) and settled down close to the Naval base and Old Dominion University. That same year I started my degree at ODU and I am now a senior double majoring in Business Analytics and Economics with a minor in Computer Science. I love the outdoors and traveling as much as possible. Last summer I did my first internship at NASA and really kickstarted my love for space flight. I am so excited to start at VDSC and grow my knowledge and experience in this field!


Skyle Close-Arzon is a Computer and Electrical Engineering student at Old Dominion University and planning to pursue a master’s in Computer and Electrical Engineering.

Skyle is a Navy Veteran who served for six years. After the Navy he interned at NASA working on modeling the ACCP Satellite, Orion Space Capsules entry, descent and landing, and an Interactive Hologram. He is the Vice President of his university’s chapter of Engineers Without Borders.

Skyle enjoys mountain biking, urban sled dogging with his Husky, named Tuna.

We on the VSDC team are very excited for what these interns have to offer and look forward to teaching and assisting them with data science and application in order to enhance our local community.


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