Systems Engineering Intern

Alameda, CA
Internships – Interns 2024 /
Intern /
The Company

Astra’s mission is to Improve Life on Earth from Space® by creating a healthier and more connected planet. Today, Astra offers one of the lowest cost-per-launch dedicated orbital launch services of any operational launch provider in the world, and one of the industry’s first flight-proven electric propulsion systems for satellites, Astra Spacecraft Engine™. Astra delivered its first commercial launch to low Earth orbit in 2021, making it the fastest company in history to reach this milestone, just five years after it was founded in 2016. Astra (NASDAQ: ASTR) was the first space launch company to be publicly traded on Nasdaq.

As a Systems Engineering Intern, you will help design, build, and test our spacecraft engine! As part of the ASE systems engineering team, you will work with multi-disciplinary teams and leaders to ensure the delivery of our high-quality products to the customer. You will also contribute to the development of novel capabilities within our space products.

How You'll Fulfill Your Mission

    • Partner:  Work with a cross-disciplinary team of system owners including electrical, mechanical, controls, and software engineers to design and refine flight hardware.
    • Build: Take ownership of everything you design from conception, test, and build.
    • Impress: Don't be afraid to think outside the box. Astra is doing something that no other space company has, and we are always open to new and creative ideas.
    • Strategize: Be prepared to look down the development path to help design products that can grow/evolve with the launch vehicle.
    • Up-level: Always be aware of the systems that you interact with and have the desire to help improve them.

Why We Value You

    • Working toward an MS, BS, or have equivalent experience in any STEM field
    • Hands-on experience in design of complex systems
    • Exposure or experience in CAD software, such as NX
    • Exposure or experience in programming C/C++/Python and/or MATLAB
    • Experience working in a self-motivated environment 
$25 - $30 an hour
The stated compensation range reflects only the targeted base salary range in the San Francisco Bay Area. If your salary requirements fall outside of the range, we still encourage you to apply.
ITAR Requirements: This position requires compliance with U.S. Government space technology  trade restrictions, specifically the International Trafficking in Arms Regulations (ITAR), Export Administration Regulations (EAR) and additional regulations governing satellite, launch vehicle, missile, and other related technologies.  All jobs restricted by these regulations will be contingent upon the applicant’s status as a documented U.S. Person or their ability to receive a trade license from the cognizant government agency; in addition to any required company background checks and in compliance with applicable U.S. and California laws.  Similarly, positions requiring the ability to work on government contracts or a security clearance are also contingent upon the applicants ability to receive the appropriate clearance and be allowed to work on U.S. government contracts.

You do not need to match every listed expectation to apply for this position. Here at Astra, we know that diverse perspectives foster the innovation we need to be successful, and we are committed to building a team that encompasses a variety of backgrounds, experiences, and skills.

San Francisco Applicants: Astra will consider applicants with arrest and conviction records (criminal histories) in a manner consistent with the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance.