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Internship/Co-op Spring 2017 (Irvine)

Irvine, United States
SpaceX was founded under the belief that a future where humanity is out exploring the stars is fundamentally more exciting than one where we are not. Today SpaceX is actively developing the technologies to make this possible, with the ultimate goal of enabling human life on Mars.

Internship/Co-op Spring 2017 (Irvine)

SpaceX is currently seeking talented individuals for our Internship/Co-Op Program at our Irvine, CA office. SpaceX engineering interns play a significant role in the design, development, testing, and manufacturing of spaceflight hardware.

Here at SpaceX, you will obtain invaluable hands-on technical experience that you can’t learn in a classroom. Our engineers will help you to roll up your sleeves and apply text book theory and lab experience to creating solutions for real aerospace challenges. You will gain practical experience by participating in actual space hardware development projects.

The most successful candidates for SpaceX’s Internship/Co-Op Program have a history of significant contributions to hands-on extracurricular engineering projects in addition to a strong academic record.

Many participants in SpaceX’s Internship/Co-Op Program return as full-time employees upon completing their higher education.


AVIONICS (ELECTRONICS) – Our Avionics group works to design, develop, test, analyze and integrate all the electronic hardware and software for our vehicles. This includes but is not limited to: flight software, flight computers, power conversion units, analog and digital circuit boards, FPGA’s, communication system units, guidance, navigation and control as well as enclosure and wire harness development.
Majors represented are mainly: Aerospace Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering.

AVIONICS (SOFTWARE) – The primary software function at SpaceX is housed in the Avionics group; this elite team writes and validates all the flight code that guides the vehicle to/in orbit. The programming in the flight computers also runs real time analysis of the vehicle in-flight to ensure nominal performance on flight controls and sensors for Falcon rockets and the Dragon spacecraft. Software engineers at SpaceX enjoy executing a mission critical role and are challenged by developing complex, high reliability code from cradle to grave.
Majors represented are mainly: Computer Engineering, Computer Science, and Electrical Engineering.

 *Please note this is not a complete list of all groups. Opportunities may be available in other areas.


  • Must currently be enrolled at a four-year university or college or completed a degree no more than 6 months ago 


  • GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • Hands on experience on a project team or through a prior internship


  • Must be available to work full time at our Irvine facility beginning Jan/March 2017.


  • 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 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Learn more about ITAR here.

SpaceX is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with SpaceX 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, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.

Applicants wishing to view a copy of SpaceX’s Affirmative Action Plan for veterans and individuals with disabilities, or applicants requiring reasonable accommodation to the application/interview process should notify the Human Resources Department at (310) 363-6000.

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