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2018 Summer Intern (Flight Test Systems Engineering)

2018 Summer Intern (Flight Test 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

Ground Test Systems Engineering:

  • Design of test facilities for testing of propolsion system components, engines, structures and avionics.
  • Development of data acquisition systems and control system programming.
  • Write plans for composites allowables development, MRB, fatigue, subscale fatigue and full scale testing for development and certification purposes.
  • Have an understanding and wide application of engineering principles and concepts relating to designing text fixtures for coupon, sub assembly and full scale tests.

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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