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SpaceX // design, manufacture & launch of advanced rockets & spacecraft
Engineering, Internship    Flexible - Any SpaceX Site    Posted: Wednesday, September 07, 2022
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SpaceX was founded under the belief that a future where humanity is out exploring the stars is fundamentally more exciting than one where we are not. We are developing the technologies to make this possible, with the ultimate goal of enabling human life on Mars.


SpaceX seeks extraordinary students to join us for software engineering roles in Spring 2023. As a software intern, you will work closely with your mentor & other employees who will help you apply your knowledge & grow your skills on projects that have a significant impact. Youll also get to have some fun & network with other interns & employees through optional social & professional events. If youve demonstrated a commitment to academic success & motivation to apply your knowledge outside of the classroom, you are a great candidate! Aerospace experience is not required to be successful here - rather we look for smart, motivated, collaborative engineers who love solving problems & want to make an impact on a super inspiring mission.

Internships are available with a variety of software engineering teams across the company at Brownsville, TX; Cape Canaveral, FL; Hawthorne (Los Angeles), CA; Irvine, CA; McGregor (Waco), TX; & Redmond (Seattle), WA.


  • Must be enrolled in a bachelors degree or graduate program or within 6 months after graduation by the start of employment
  • 3+ months of software programming or development experience
  • Software coding experience in one or more of the following: C, C++, C#, Java, JavaScript, Python


  • GPA of 3.5 or above
  • 6+ months experience developing & deploying software that has been used on real-world applications & projects 
  • Strong fundamental knowledge of computer architecture & networks 
  • Experience with software documentation, creating system diagrams, & enumerating software requirements
  • Strong skills in debugging, performance optimization & unit testing
  • Strong interpersonal skills (examples: leading a student organization or working successfully in teams)
  • Ability to work effectively in a dynamic environment with changing needs & requirements
  • Ability to work independently & in a team, take initiative, & communicate effectively


  • Able to work full time, onsite for a minimum of 12 consecutive weeks beginning in January, February or March 2023
  • Able to provide own transportation for positions at Brownsville, Cape Canaveral & McGregor locations


  • To conform to U.S. Government space technology export regulations, including the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) you must be a U.S. citizen, lawful permanent resident of the U.S., protected individual as defined by 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3), or eligible to obtain the required authorizations from the U.S. Department of State. Learn more about the ITAR here

SpaceX is an Equal Opportunity Employer; employment with SpaceX is governed on the basis of merit, competence & qualifications & will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, religion, gender, national origin/ethnicity, veteran status, disability status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, mental or physical disability or any other legally protected status.

Applicants wishing to view a copy of SpaceXs Affirmative Action Plan for veterans & individuals with disabilities, or applicants requiring reasonable accommodation to the application/interview process should notify the Human Resources Department at (310) 363-6000.


APPLICATION SOFTWARE: The Application software team is currently creating & evolving systems to enable rapid build & reuse of Starship as well as designing the next generation manufacturing software that will be used in high throughput factories for Starlink. Other applications range from platforms that support concurrent streams of data from many always-on assets to manage the worlds largest satellite constellation to public facing systems where customers can join our Starlink network globally. We work closely with engineers throughout the company to create & update our systems with respect to crewed launches, Starship flights, changes to the Starlink network & much more.

DRAGON SOFTWARE: As a software engineering intern on the Dragon operations team, you will develop, analyze & verify the mission critical software configurations that fly our Dragon Crewed & Cargo vehicles. You will partner cross-functionally to ensure software is configured to each mission's specifications & needs. You will be responsible for ensuring the vehicle behaves as expected, & troubleshoot flight software when necessary. You will have a direct impact on our ability to launch & fly vehicles frequently, safely & reliably.

PRODUCT SECURITY: The Starlink Product Security team is seeking technical, passionate engineers to secure Starlink software & hardware. We are looking for people who see the big picture, prioritize accordingly, & are comfortable with working at different levels of abstraction. Ideal candidates have notable skills in one or more of the following: exploit development or mitigation, security architecture design, firmware security, software development, or operating system security.

SILICON ENGINEERING: Designs, develops & qualifies our custom developed semiconductor solutions. The group partners with other engineering teams & industry partners to create innovative digital, analog & mixed-signal ASICs & FPGAs. This group develops a broad variety of chips in CMOS, BiCMOS, GaAs & GaN technologies, from large SoC's to mmWave RFICs. The work includes but is not limited to: system architecture, full flow IC development, RF & PCB development, custom packaging, integration & test, SW development & semiconductor qualification. As an intern, you will have the opportunity of applying your skills in ASIC design, computer architecture, Verilog/SystemVerilog, C/C++, EE/RF circuit design.

SPACECRAFT SOFTWARE: The spacecraft software team is building highly reliable in-space networks, designing secure systems to guarantee access to space, & creating autonomous satellite operation systems, & more. Aerospace experience is not required to be successful here - we want our engineers to bring fresh ideas from all areas, love solving problems, & seek to make an impact on an inspiring mission. As we expand this team, we're looking for versatile, driven, & collaborative engineers.

STARLINK SOFTWARE: The Starlink software team is solving challenges underpinning every aspect of SpaceXs satellite internet project, & were looking for engineers to join us in building the next generation networking technologies to direct data through an ever-changing network of satellites, ground stations, & users. The Starlink software team is responsible for the firmware & controls software running on custom hardware that flies the worlds largest fleet of spacecraft, as well as the infrastructure & tools to enable rapid development & reliable deployment of our code to dynamic production environments.

STARSHIP SOFTWARE: The Starship software team is responsible for building & testing the control systems, network, & operational software for Starship, the Super Heavy Booster, & our launch pads in Starbase. On this team, you will work closely with engineers across the company to prepare our vehicle for its first orbital flights & to lay the groundwork for future crewed flights & human lander programs. Ideal candidates have skills in one or more of the following areas: embedded systems, computer networking, operating systems, or web application development.

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