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2018 Summer Intern (Engineering-Propulsion)

2018 Summer Intern (Engineering-Propulsion)

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US-CA-Long Beach

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Who we are

At Virgin Orbit, we launch the small satellite revolution, accessing space for missions that were previously unimaginable and fostering new ideas and technologies to create a truly spacefaring civilization. We deliver Virgin’s legendary customer service by pairing technological advancements with a clear focus on our customers’ needs. We build a workplace and a workforce for the future, knowing that our decisions and investments of today will launch the industries of tomorrow. We engage a diverse and inclusive community of dreamers and achievers in a shared mission to access space to improve life on Earth. At Virgin Orbit, we boost imagination. Search all of our job openings on our career portal.


Position Summary

Virgin Orbit is searching for superhero interns who stand strong in the face of complex challenges.  As a Propulsion intern you will help build a rocket, engage with the entire company, work alongside the brightest in the industry and help shape the future of Virgin Orbit! We’ll bring the rockets, you bring a great work ethic, a love for space, and your credibility. This is a 12-week position in the summer of 2018 at our rocket factory in beautiful Long Beach, California.

Your Mission

  • Develop preliminary design concepts for future propulsion systems to meet anticipated requirements
  • Define, coordinate and control the functional and physical interfaces between the propulsion system, engine and the airplane
  • Configure or design propulsion sub-systems and components to meet all design and performance criteria
  • Define and support certification tests for propulsion sub-systems and components, support fielded systems to assure continued reliability
  • Help Virgin Orbit do our part to make the world a better place
  • Constantly learn new things—and share them with your team members
  • Performs other duties as assigned




What you bring

If you want to join us, you’d better have all of these…

  • Ability and willingness to thrive in a fast-paced, rapidly changing work environment
  • Driven, highly motivated, and committed to improvement
  • Ability to add something unique and positive to our team
  • Generally high level of all-around awesomeness
  • Strong administration/time management skills

… and you should probably have a bunch of these, too.


  • Currently enrolled in an ABET accredited university, pursuing a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in Aerospace, Mechanical, Electrical or Manufacturing Engineering, Materials Science and Physics
  • A top notch education including formal training, awards, internship experience, high GPA, a top of class student
  • Outside of class, you belong to clubs that builds, designs and tests stuff (A Rocket Club, Formula SAE, Robotics, etc)
  • Minimum 3.5 GPA strongly preferred
  • Ideal candidates have will have completed at least their sophomore year by summer 2017, with significant engineering coursework completed by summer of 2018
  • Strong opinions about your favorite space movies and TV shows
  • Will-power to refrain from stowing away on rockets even when they just sitting there right in front of you
  • Ability to work under pressure and with ‘on the spot’ priority situations in a quick and effective manner
  • Passion for space exploration and a firm belief in the utility of affordable access to space


ITAR Requirements

To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicant must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by ITAR (22 CFR §120.15) or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State.


Personal Requirements

Our idea of a happy life: build rockets, work with brilliant people, serve purposeful customers, and open access to space. Sir Richard Branson’s belief is “If you get the perfect mix of people working for your company, you have a far greater chance of success.” From the very start, we have placed top priority on growing and fostering a team of creative, diverse, and talented women and men. In the words of Sir Richard Branson “We believe it’s better to have a hole in your team than an asshole in your team!”

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Virgin Orbit is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with Virgin Orbit is governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.


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