ULA's summer intern program offers paid engineering and business positions designed to provide students with real-world 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 work products that impact ULA's missions, methodologies and processes. Interns are evaluated for potential employment opportunities with ULA after graduation.
All internship openings are posted in the ULA Career Center. We encourage interested students to create profiles and upload their cover letters and resumes before the intern job postings open. When a sufficient number of qualified applications are received intern postings are closed - this can occur as early as 5-10 business days after jobs are posted.
June-August: Create a profile and upload a cover letter and resume in the ULA Career Center
Tuesday following Labor Day: Intern job postings open in the ULA Career Center; apply right away - individual job postings close when a sufficient number of qualified applications are received
September-November: ULA conducts interviews and makes offers
December-May: ULA Staffing works closely with interns to coordinate required preparations prior to their arrival
May: ULA's Summer Intern Program begins; interns report to their designated site locations for their 10-week internship
August: 10-week internships are completed and the summer intern program comes to an end
For engineering internship positions, ULA considers students who are working towards a B.S./M.S., primarily in aerospace, electrical and mechanical engineering as well as computer science. Additionally, ULA offers other internships to those with technical engineering and science degrees-such as industrial, physics, mathematics, materials, welding and chemistry-depending on the current needs of the company.
On the business side, ULA offers internships in areas such as Finance, Supply Chain, Human Resources, Communications, Government Relations and Information Technology depending on the business needs. Check our Careers Center after Labor Day for the full list of summer intern opportunities.
The size of our summer intern program varies depending on the business needs, but we generally offer approximately 75 internship positions. The majority of these are in the engineering disciplines, with the remainder in the business organizations. Returning interns are given priority placement for future summer internships to develop interns, offer broader experiences, build stronger relationships across the company and ultimately consider them for future ULA employee positions. At the end of the summer internships, ULA gives all interns equal consideration concerning development opportunities and hiring decisions.
ULA provides internship opportunities at all locations including:
To be considered for a ULA internship, a student must meet the following requirements:
At the beginning of the internships, managers meet with their interns to provide business goals and objectives that support their respective organizations.
In 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 including:
Business interns may work in areas throughout ULA, including:
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 actual time worked. All overtime hours must be directed and preapproved by the intern's manager. Some sites may have a different work schedule, which will be communicated to the intern during the offer process.
If the intern's permanent home and campus addresses both are more than 50 miles away from the assigned location, ULA may provide a one-time housing/transportation allowance, which is 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.
" My two ULA internships at the Cape were life-changing and provided me the chance to work in an environment full of history and growth opportunities for my future. During my internships, I was able to gain valuable engineering experience as well as participate in launching a few rockets. Now as a full-time structural engineer, I help improve our launch sites for ULA to continue doing what it does best. "
" My internship with ULA allowed me to explore the wide range of roles involved in the production process while performing meaningful projects, and it cemented my desire to work in the aerospace industry for ULA after graduation. "
" My favorite part about my internship with ULA was the people! My fellow teammates reached out with support and friendship. They provided me with a fun work environment and showed me a company I could see a future in. Working in Cape Canaveral, I got the opportunity to experience two ULA launches in one summer! "
" My internship at ULA allowed me to tackle challenging engineering projects that honed my critical thinking, creativity, and communication skills. But more importantly, it created lasting friendships and memories that I will never forget! "
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