"We take our work very seriously, and our commitment to our communities is paramount. We support a culture of giving back and working hard to serve as an effective and engaged corporate citizen."
Tory Bruno, ULA CEO
At ULA, we are believers driven to broaden horizons and harness the potential of space. That all begins with the communities we live in today and the workforce of tomorrow.
Through a culture of volunteerism and giving back, ULA supports many community organizations, and our employees contribute everything from funds, food, books, and school supplies to their own personal effort and a myriad of causes across the country.
United Launch Alliance affords financial and in-kind support for many internal and external programs that circulate space launch knowledge throughout our communities. Most notable among these are the dozens of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)-related programs funded locally and nationally.
We seek to inspire tomorrow’s rocket scientists, engineers and space entrepreneurs by providing financial and in-kind support, as well as volunteers and mentors for schools, museums, and programs focused on STEM education.
From school presentations to sponsorships to mentoring, we provide hands-on opportunities to ignite curiosity among students. The primary corporate focus of our STEM programs is K-12 science and math education, though our reach encompasses preschool through graduate school.
Programs like Higher Orbits connect aspiring students with space leaders, astronauts, and scientists through STEM focused leadership and team-building programs.
3,2,1…Blast Off! Kids learn about the basics of rocket science by building and launching their own rockets at the Children’s Museum of Denver.
The Vandenberg Launch Experience: At the Santa Maria Valley Discovery Museum, students are launch operators with their own set of consoles and a large screen video display to simulate a space launch.
Graduate-level STEM Opportunities: Further along the education continuum, ULA provides targeted funding including independent research and development (IR&D) for aerospace projects at colleges and universities including University of Central Florida, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Stanford University, Colorado School of Mines, University of Texas at Arlington, and University of Colorado.
Summer Intern Program: The next step in the STEM pipeline, ULA’s summer intern program provides paid opportunities for college students to gain on-the-job experience as well as exposure to life at the nation’s premier space launch company.
ULA employees roll up their sleeves and volunteer their time, expertise, and even blood to support a variety of community causes. Every ULA site holds volunteer events doing everything from cleaning beaches, building playgrounds, staffing events and making food for the homeless, to giving blood.
ULA acknowledges and rewards individual volunteerism with the ULA Matching Time Grant program, donating $500 to nonprofits where employees have volunteered 40 hours or more in a calendar year. Employees have earned these grants to support causes in the areas of:
Examples of specific exhibits and demonstrations, performances, educational activities, games, and hands-on events in which ULA volunteers participate include:
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