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Eastside grad completes D.C. internship

Covington native Marcus Jackson, who graduated from Eastside High School in 2011, recently completed an internship at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. (Special Photo)

Covington native Marcus Jackson, who graduated from Eastside High School in 2011, recently completed an internship at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C. (Special Photo)

COVINGTON — A Covington graduate recently finished an internship in Washington, D.C.

Marcus Jackson, who graduated from Eastside High School in 2011, completed an internship at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum over the summer.

“When I was younger, I went to space camp in Alabama, and ever since then, I’ve been fascinated with space,” he said.

Now, he’s a student at Xavier University of Louisiana, where he’s studying biology/premed.

“I figured this was one of the only times that I could explore my interests,” he said about why he chose an internship unrelated to his studies.

Jackson had to complete an extensive application for the internship that included recommendations from college faculty or employers, an essay and a school transcript. Nearly 400 students applied for it.

During the internship in the space history department at the museum, he conducted research on space commercialism. “I’ve learned a lot about space — space travel and rockets,” he said, adding that he studied how to get people interested in space and life on the moon.

While in D.C., Jackson stayed at American University, where many other interns from all over the country also stay.

This summer was his first time being in the nation’s capital.

“I’ve had an amazing experience,” he said, adding that he’s seen all the monuments. “Coming from a small town in Georgia, it is amazing to see and experience all the mystery and awe that embodies D.C. It is truly a blessing to be given this opportunity.”

This year, there were 38 interns at the Air and Space Museum and hundreds at the Smithsonian.

Jackson plans to graduate from Xavier in May 2015 and eventually become an orthopedic surgeon.