Florida Tech’s Scholar-Athlete Spotlight Recognizes Baseball Player Justin Lorenz

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Lorenz interns at NASA as a Real Property Accountant

Being a scholar-athlete at Florida Tech takes an incredible amount of hard work and dedication to excel both in the classroom and on the field. (Florida Tech image)

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Being a scholar-athlete at Florida Tech takes an incredible amount of hard work and dedication to excel both in the classroom and on the field.

In this Scholar-Athlete Spotlight, we are featuring former Florida Tech baseball player Justin Lorenz. This summer, the Rockledge, Florida native is gaining meaningful experience at an internship in his desired field. We caught up with Lorenz to learn more about the incredible opportunity.

■ What company are you interning for this summer? What was your title and role with the company?

I am interning at NASA, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and my role is Real Property Accountant Intern.

■ What drew you to this internship?

As a kid who grew up on the space coast my entire life, it was always a dream to be a part of NASA so I would say my love for NASA is what drew me.

■ What are some exciting tasks that you have been able to be a part of?

Currently, I am still in the training phase of my internship.

However, one of my tasks has been meeting and connecting with as many people as I can. I have been grateful enough to meet several of the top-level managers as well as other interns throughout the agency.

■ How is your internship preparing you for a career you would like to do after graduation?

The best part of this internship is that the objective is to be prepared to be converted after I graduate from college.

This means that whilst I’m in school, I will be working full-time and training so that when I graduate, I will be converted into a full-time employee.

■ What is your major at Florida Tech? Why did you choose this direction for your education and is this something you always wanted to pursue?

My major is business administration, and I chose it because since I was young, I’ve always wanted to create a product or have my own business.

So, this major was exactly what I’ve wanted to do for a long time.

■ How has being a collegiate athlete prepared you for the work you are currently doing? What traits did you take away from the playing field that is helping you throughout your internship?

I would say the most important thing that being a collegiate athlete has taught me is the feeling of being a part of a team and how to communicate within that team.

The traits of how to communicate with managers/coaches and with my teammates/coworkers have really been the thing that has helped me in my career.

Having the ability to talk to anyone regardless of their position is one of the best things I could have ever learned.

■ What advice would you give another athlete/prospective athlete who is looking to pursue the path you’ve taken?

If someone got offered a dream position like I did and understood that they were not going to play professional baseball or what sport is relative to them, then I would say follow your heart and take the job.

I know I am very happy with the decision I made, my best advice for student-athletes in my position is to follow your heart and do what is best for you.

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