Intern Program


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United Launch Alliance’s summer intern program offers paid engineering and business positions designed to provide students with real work experience and exposure to life at the nation’s premier space launch company. Interns are encouraged to generate and share new ideas while delivering real work products that impact ULA’s missions, methodologies, and processes. Interns are evaluated for potential employment opportunities with ULA after graduation.

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Interns Launch a Rocket

In addition to challenging work in support of ULA’s mission, interns have the opportunity to participate in the development and launch of several high-powered sport rockets, including the Future Heavy, which will be 50 feet tall. This voluntary activity is an integrated effort with Ball Aerospace interns, who build the payloads for the rocket. K-12 students also build payloads for launch. Visit the Intern Rocket page to learn more about the program.

Summer Intern Program Schedule

  • Tuesday following Labor Day—Intern jobs posted on ULA Careers website
  • Individual job postings will close when a sufficient number of qualified candidates apply. All positions are expected to close by the end of October.
  • October and November—Intern interviews conducted and offers extended
  • Tuesday following Memorial Day—Summer Intern Program kickoff/first interns arrive
  • July and August—Offers extended to recommended graduating interns
  • End of August—Summer intern program wrap up
  • August and September—Offers extended to recommended returning interns
Please see the Frequently Asked Questions below for additional information about ULA’s internships. If you still have questions, please contact our staffing department at ula.staffing@ulalaunch.com.

Read testimonials from past interns.

Frequently Asked Questions

What majors does ULA consider for internship positions?

How many intern positions are available?

Where are the internships located?

What are the minimum requirements for acceptance into the ULA intern program?

What kinds of things would I do as an intern?

What are the typical working hours?

Are housing and transportation assistance provided?

What majors does ULA consider for internship positions?  

For engineering internship positions, ULA considers students who are working towards a B.S./M.S., primarily in mechanical, electrical, or aerospace engineering. However, ULA may consider other technical engineering/science degrees, such as physics, mathematics, materials, and chemistry, depending on the current needs of ULA. In addition, ULA offers internships in our business and information technology areas. For these positions, ULA generally considers students who are working towards computer science or business-related degrees.

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How many intern positions are available?

ULA offers approximately 80 internship positions for the Summer Intern Program. The majority (~ 90%) of these are in the engineering disciplines, with the remainder in the business areas. Returning summer interns are given priority placement because one of ULA’s goals is to develop interns into future employees.

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Where are the internships located?

ULA provides internship opportunities at all locations including:

  • Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida
  • Decatur, Alabama
  • Denver, Colorado
  • Harlingen, Texas
  • Vandenberg Air Force Base, California
  • Washington, D.C.

The majority of the interns are placed in Denver - home of ULA's corporate headquarters as well as its design center.

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What are the minimum requirements for acceptance into the ULA intern program?

To be considered for the intern program, a student must meet the following requirements:

  • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.90 or higher on a 4.00 scale
  • Be a U.S. Person (generally defined as a U.S. citizen or resident who has a permanent legal right to work in the United States) – ULA does not offer Student F-1 or Work H-1B visa sponsorships
  • Have completed at least his/her freshman year in college and plan to return to school in the fall after completing their internship
  • Ability to complete a 10-week internship program
  • Motorized transportation may be required at some ULA facilities
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What kinds of things would I do as a intern?

Engineering interns have opportunities to support design, production, assembly, test, and launch operation activities in support of current and future missions. Examples include new design activities and various types of analysis such as

  • Trajectory and vehicle performance
  • Control dynamics
  • Modeling and software simulation
  • Mission management and integration
  • Contamination control
  • Electromagnetic interference analysis
  • Quality assurance and system safety

Business interns perform work in contracts, financial planning and forecasting, financial analysis, human resources, subcontract management, purchasing, auditing, creative services, communications and information technology.

Each intern is assigned a project to complete that he or she will present to senior leadership at the end of the internship.


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What are the typical working hours?

Most ULA employees have a 9/80 work schedule, which means they work nine hours a day Monday through Thursday, eight hours for the “on” Friday and enjoy a day off every other Friday. Interns are paid hourly wages for hours actually worked. Any overtime work must be directed and approved by the summer intern’s manager in advance.  Some sites may have a different work schedule that will be communicated to the intern during the offer process.

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Are housing and transportation assistance provided?

If the intern’s permanent home and campus addresses both are more than 50 miles away from the assignment location, ULA may provide a one-time housing/transportation allowance not to exceed an established limit communicated at the time of the offer. The housing/transportation allowance is intended to defray startup housing costs such as deposits on lodging and utilities and other basic housing and transportation expenses. The housing/transportation allowance is processed during the first two weeks the intern begins his/her assignment and is taxable earnings for the summer intern.

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Testimonials

Lauren Martinez | Sophomore, Regis University (Denver) | Accounting/Finance and Religious Studies

I interned in the Finance department with the cost estimating and pricing operations group in Denver. I worked on preparing pricing proposals, which involved reviewing and critiquing estimates for ULA’s customers including NASA, the National Reconnaissance Office and the United States Air Force. This internship was a great experience and solidified my desire to work in finance and accounting. The ULA team I worked with was extremely helpful and supportive. My expectations were clearly identified, and my tasks were both manageable and challenging. The internship program was exceptional. The interns formed strong relationships and organized weekly events, which was nice, especially for those who weren’t from Colorado. My favorite part about the internship was working with my estimating team on a daily basis. They really did make a difference in me having a fantastic intern experience rather than just a typical internship experience.

Stephen Hirst | Senior, University of Central Florida | Aerospace Engineering

This was my third summer at ULA. I worked with the Launch Operations team that integrates and interfaces many different satellite details into ULA’s product line: rockets! I had the opportunity to gain a realistic and detailed look into what it takes to launch rockets. The level of respect and teamwork that I experienced in this position has clearly convinced me that ULA cares about teamwork. My team and various staff members were more than helpful and were very concerned about my development both as a student and young professional. I know that through my (literally) hands-on experience that I gained with the ULA Launch Operations team, I now have skills that will prove useful in my toolbox for the rest of my life, both technical and professional. All of the intern extracurricular actives have been outright fun! From organized mountain climbing trips to ski boat and jet ski rentals, the interns at ULA sure know how to have a good time. My favorite part about my internship experience has been the people. Through the three years one thing has always been consistent throughout each and every internship experience: the level of commitment and diligence displayed by the people that I have worked with. That’s the kind of team that I want to be a part of long-term.

Amanda Kuker | Junior, University of Colorado at Boulder | Aerospace Engineering

This was my second summer at ULA. I worked in Denver with the systems integration and analysis group in the Dynamic Environments department. I worked on analyzing post-flight data and qualifying instrumentation for flight on future missions. In addition, I traveled to Cape Canaveral to support a test performed on one of the Atlas launch vehicles. I really enjoyed the work and learned a ton of new things. ULA’s internship program is great because it not only gives you insight into possible future career paths, but it also is a great social experience. You meet a ton of students from all across the country, and it’s fun to learn about where people come from and make new friends. My favorite part about interning at ULA is being a part of a team that launches actual rockets. It’s not an internship where you get coffee for your boss; it’s an internship where you do work in your field that helps the company to function. The best part is watching a launch and knowing that in some way you helped that happen.