Virgin Galactic

  • 2019 Summer Intern Engineering-Reporting to Chief Engineer

    Job Locations 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

    Engineering Internship opportunity covering all facets of launch vehicle development such as Systems Analysis and Engineering, Mechanical Systems Design, Structural Design, Stress, Flight Sciences, Propulsion, Test Operations, and Advanced Concept Design and Development.   This role reports to Virgin Orbit’s Chief Engineer so you best bring your A game. This is a 12-week position in the summer of 2019 at our rocket factory in beautiful Long Beach, California.

    Your Mission


    • Drive efficiency improvements with working knowledge of Matlab and strong knowledge of plotting toolsets
    • Assist with launch vehicle systems analysis with a strong knowledge and interest in overall systems areas such as Trajectory Analysis, Thermodynamics, and Heat Transfer
    • Assist in the preliminary and detail design of launch vehicle metallic and composite structure
    • Study the 3D/2D definition of parts, assemblies and installations
    • Participate in the Engineering definition review, approval and release process
    • Support the review of manufacturing plans and procedures to ensure compliance with design requirements
    • Support the creation of test plans which will be used to verify manufacturing processes meet design intent and requirement
    • 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…

    • Currently enrolled in an ABET accredited university, pursuing a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in science or engineering
    • Attention to detail and follow through
    • 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


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


    • 3.5+ GPA
    • Previous aerospace manufacturing internship experience
    • Demonstrated innovation in process improvements, knocking down barriers, and tackling challenging problems
    • Creative problem solver; able to work in multi-disciplinary teams
    • Passion for space exploration and a firm belief in the utility of affordable access to space
    • Ability to thrive as a ‘one person team’
    • Ideal candidates have will have completed at least their sophomore year by summer 2018, with significant engineering coursework completed by summer of 2019
    • 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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