Marwa AlAlawi, MechE, '20

"My Internship through MIT-Japan helped me get closer to my dream of becoming a bridge between MIT, Japan, and the Middle East."

My Internship at GREE Japan this summer was not only educational and fun, but also meaningful on so many levels in terms of my personal growth. During my two and a half months of interning with GREE’s XR Department, I was given the opportunity to independently develop a VR immersive game for a joint kid’s workshop by GREE and JAXA (Japan’s equivalent of NASA). With the absolute freedom of choice for deciding on the game’s contents, I was responsible for developing the game from scratch to final iteration, and even got to voice act in Japanese for a guiding character I created within the game!

Before interning at GREE, I had some fundamental knowledge of using the Unity Game Engine for VR development with Google Cardboard, but have never developed VR content for the HTC VIVE. So, it was super cool to create content for the VIVE for the first time. Aside from that, through my internship, I became very familiar with C# programming, and learned a lot about game related topics specific to VR.