Masten Space Systems is a Mojave, California based aerospace R&D company that is working to create reliable and reusable rocket vehicles and components. As part of our ongoing propulsion and flight vehicle development projects, we offer full-time internships during three periods per year. Applicants must be able to commit to 3 full months, and may stay longer than that if possible. The dates for the internships are flexible, as we recognize that different schools set their academic dates differently.
Summer internships generally run from May until August.
- Resumes and applications due by 11:59 pm Friday, January 18th, 2014
- Selected candidates will be notified by COB, February 15th, 2014
Working out of our Mojave facilities, you would be directly involved with a variety of interesting projects and would gain experience in working for an innovative space company. Projects you would be working on include testing state-of-the-art rocket engines, flight testing vertical take off/vertical landing rocket vehicles, fabricating and testing components for future projects, and evaluating new hardware concepts. You can see some of what we have been working on recently on our YouTube channel.We are looking for people who have direct experience building, troubleshooting, and testing actual devices: people who know how to use tools and are not afraid to get their hands dirty. You do not have to have experience on a liquid fueled rocket engine, but we want people who have hardware experience like working on a car, motorcycle, or aircraft, flying an amateur rocket project, or building a robot. Specific applicable skills include:
- Mechanical assembly, especially of pressurized systems
- Machine shop skills, working with tools to make things out of metal or composites
- The ability to run an experiment, record data, and figure out what the data means
- Installing and wiring an electrical system, possibly including radio controls or computer programming
- Experience with Labview, Solidworks, and/or Matlab.
- Real-time or embedded software experience with C or C++
You don’t have to have all those skills, but having a variety is a plus. You must have a willingness to learn, pay attention to detail, be able to take initiative, and be open to working on a variety of different projects and experiences. Being able to work well with a small team of people is absolutely essential. There is no requirement to be in aerospace engineering; a significant portion of our work is in mechanical and electrical design and fabrication.While working as an intern at Masten Space, you will be assigned your own project or projects where you will be responsible for the design and execution of a component or subsystem. Previous interns have programmed DAQ systems, tested landing gear, redesigned pintle geometries, designed drag flaps, and many other exciting tasks. Additionally, you will be heavily involved in the flight operations of our vehicles at our launch pad in the desert.If you are interested in an exciting internship working on rockets, please fill out the application found below. Include with the application a copy of your resume with a cover letter first, your resume second, and a portfolio at the end if you have one. All of these documents should be combined into one pdf document of less than 10MB and have a filename in the format of Lastname_Firstname.pdf. Only applications in this format will be reviewed. Your portfolio should show projects you have worked on in a hands-on capacity. School projects, prior work projects, or even home projects are acceptable. Include pictures and descriptions of what your part in the project was if it was a team project. If you do not have a portfolio you will still be screened just include in your cover letter and/or resume hands on experiences for our review.
This position does require being local to the Mojave, California area. Reimbursement costs are negotiable. Please note that while exact hiring timeframe has not yet been determined, Masten Space Systems expects to expand this area in the near future.
*To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, Masten Space Systems hires ONLY U.S. citizens and U.S. Permanent Residents.
Masten Space Systems is an equal opportunity employer; employment opportunities with Masten Space Systems are determined 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.