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2018 Summer Intern (Systems Engineering)

2018 Summer Intern (Systems Engineering)

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Who we are

Who we are

The Spaceship Company (TSC) is an affiliate of Virgin Galactic as a space-system manufacturing organization.

Headquartered at Mojave Air and Space Port in Mojave, California, it is building and testing a fleet of WhiteKnightTwo carrier aircraft and SpaceShipTwo reusable spaceships that, together, form Virgin Galactic’s human spaceflight system. Like many Virgin companies across the world, its team of over 350 talented and dedicated engineers, technicians and professionals are drawn together by a willingness to disrupt and challenge the status quo and deliver innovative aerospace solutions to our customers’ needs. TSC’s extensive capabilities encompass preliminary vehicle design and analysis, manufacturing, ground testing, flight testing and post-delivery support.


Our Values

TSC and the greater Virgin Organization have a relaxed and informal culture that encourages individuality and innovation. You will be motivated, enterprising and enthusiastic. Company culture is such that you need to be able to “check your ego at the door”, be a self-starter and possess a sense of humility. You will work well under pressure and thrive on being given challenges and responsibility. You will communicate clearly and be confident and persuasive. You will have a high level of integrity and understand the need of complete confidentiality.


Who You Are

The Spaceship Company is looking for highly energetic, ambitious, passionate students to join our team as interns during the Summer of 2018. You will be creative, innovative and share in our passion for opening space. The knowledge and skillsets required to be successful will be demonstrated through extensive coursework and participation in related projects and extracurriculars.


For approximately 12 weeks you will be immersed in our incredible culture and work on challenging and meaningful projects that directly relate to company goals. The hands-on experience you will gain along with opportunities to engage with our exceptional executives, engineers and other professionals will be incredibly valuable in shaping the foundation for your future.

Your Mission

Systems Engineering:


  • Ensure the definition for all engineering systems designs is up-to-date and complian to the state of the vehicle build.
  • Develp ground and flight test plans to verify the systems designs comply with and meet the requirements Engineering has defined.
  • Support flight test as repairs and design modification are required to keep the vehicle on a rapid test schedule.

What you bring

  • Currently enrolled in an ABET accredited university, pursuing a Bachelor's or Master's degree in Aerospace, Mechanical, Electrical or Manufacturing Engineering, Materials Science or Physics.
  • Minimum 3.5 GPA strongly preferred.
  • Related hands-on experience in the form of school projects, engineering related clubs/project teams, research, etc.
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills and the ability and desire to work effectively in a fast-paced, start-up environment.
  • To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, applicants must be a U.S. Person as defined by ITAR (22 CFR §120.15).


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