She had to see it.
How could you possibly be working at Nerv and not see it?
Okay so she technically wasn’t on the payroll, but interns shouldn’t be exempt from marveling at the Eva units like any other employee. That was… that was discrimination! Especially for a weapons engineering intern. The idea that she had to slave away in the labs and fabrication facilities without seeing the recipient of the fruits of her labors was ludicrous.
Totally and completely unfair, Ellen thought to herself as she cautiously approached the blast-proof door that led into Unit 01’s hangar. It’s well within my rights to see the thing that I’m helping design for. That was her line of reasoning, and she was sticking to it.