Sierra Space Internship Program

Some Dreams

are Worth Chasing

Internship Experience

An internship experience at Sierra Space offers college students the opportunity to help us build a platform in space to benefit life on Earth, by working in the exciting, innovative and cutting-edge field of aerospace.

Interns acquire hands-on learning experience while working on meaningful projects to gain significant career experience – being a part of a creative, courageous and passionate team to build lifelong connections.

At Sierra Space, we provide the tools, training and mentorship for interns to do their very best work and discover opportunities to advance their careers, providing a pathway for personal growth.

For those who dream of changing the world, an internship with Sierra Space is the place to start.

Precision Testing
Engineering Internships
Sierra Space Dream Chaser Team
Manufacturing Internships
Corporate Internships


Sierra Space would like to invite talented students from colleges and universities across the United States to help us build the space transportation and infrastructure for the greatest era of human history: the Orbital AgeTM.

While we will certainly evaluate academic performance, we will also be looking for prospective interns who have demonstrated their leadership abilities in clubs or on projects, volunteered in their communities, participated in interesting research, were active in extra-curricular activities and who may have contributed to science and industry in a meaningful way.

Interns will be tasked with tackling challenging projects and solving complex engineering and business problems that directly align to the intern’s field of study.

Conner Billile
Minimum Requirements

"In my short time here at Sierra Space, I have been able to learn so much from individuals both within and outside of my department. The welcoming workplace environment and general emphasis on collaboration has allowed me to network with people across the company, develop professional skills that will serve me throughout my career, and meaningfully contribute to the company. Ultimately, this has been an extremely positive and well-rounded work experience."

"These past 12 months at Sierra Space have been an amazing experience. Not only did I learn how to apply my classroom skills to the industry, but I got to work on real-world projects that gave me pride in what I did. I was also surrounded by an amazing boss, mentors, and co-workers."

"My time interning at Sierra Space has introduced me to so many amazing individuals and experiences, giving me invaluable insight into the aerospace industry. It has been truly rewarding getting to contribute to Dream Chaser as a part of the test engineering group, and I am looking forward to what the rest of this summer has to offer. "

"During my internship with the Space Destinations safety group, I worked on developing the space station payload safety review process. Having responsibility over a project suited to my experience and interests has enabled me to cultivate and apply relevant engineering skills like creative problem solving and cross-company communication. Additionally, I am grateful for being part of a community so passionate about the industry with invaluable mentorship from my team and a strong sense of support from the rest of the intern cohort."

"As a Sierra Space intern, I have been pleasantly surprised by the hands-on nature of my job, working directly on hardware destined for space. This experience has solidified my interest in test engineering roles and reaffirmed my dedication to pursuing a career in this field. I am immensely grateful to the exceptional North Carolina team, whose kindness, expertise, and willingness to teach have played a pivotal role in shaping my professional journey so far."

"This isn't your average internship, and the work that we do here is challenging, but you are surrounded by so many extremely driven, positive, and passionate individuals who motivate you to achieve the unthinkable every day. I am immensely grateful for all of the people I have been given a chance to work with, and I look forward to the day when I can look up at the Orbital Reef Space Station and say that I played a role in such an exciting and pivotal part of history."

Recruitment Timeline


Spring (Jan. – Aug.)

Summer (May/June – Aug.)

Fall (May/June – Dec.)

Louisville, CO; Centennial, CO; Madison, WI; Durham, NC

All internship opportunities are posted with their corresponding locations and timeline, which are non-negotiable. It is essential to carefully consider both factors before submitting your application.

All internships are fully onsite, 40 hours per week during the entire timeframe.

Yes, Sierra Space interns will be paired with a mentor for guidance, advice, feedback, and consistent coaching throughout the duration of the internship. 

Yes.  Internships are paid and to receive course credit, the student needs to work with their University and specific requirements/application to do so.

Yes.  Students are eligible for the internship program from sophomore year through PhD program as long as they can complete a semester of school after completing the internship and they meet the other qualification requirements.

Education background: graduation month and year, university, degree and major(s)

  • Cumulative GPA
  • Relevant prior internships and job experience
  • Relevant project or teamwork that showcases skills and knowledge in your field of study
  • Extracurriculars

Interns are responsible for finding their own housing; however, we will provide helpful accommodation information based on the internship location and a platform to connect with other interns.  

Sierra Space has a preferred cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater. 

To conform to U.S. Government international trade regulations, applicant 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 or U.S. Department of Commerce. Learn more about ITAR here.

Additionally, Sierra Space is unable support F-1 visa employment or sponsorships.

Ready to help change the world?

Now accepting applications for 2023

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