Fall 2023 Associate Engineer - Post Grad



Posted on Wednesday, March 22, 2023

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.


As an Associate Engineer - Post Grad, you will be responsible for working on creative solutions to real aerospace challenges. This is not an ordinary “internship” – you will be given as much responsibility as our full-time engineers and will be an integral part of the team. If you’ve demonstrated a commitment to academic success and motivation to apply your knowledge outside of the classroom, you are a great candidate!

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


  • 6+ months of applied engineering experience (internship, laboratory, and personal/team project experience is applicable)

  • Completed a bachelor’s degree in engineering, physics or math discipline within the past 6 months by the start of employment


  • Completed a graduate degree in any discipline within the past 6 months by the start of employment, and holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering, physics or math discipline


  • Enrolled in a graduate program in any discipline by the start of employment and holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering, physics or math discipline


  • GPA of 3.5 or above
  • 9+ months experience of application of technical skills outside of the classroom (examples: laboratory, research, extracurricular project teams, volunteering, personal projects or prior internship/work experience)
  • Ability to work well in an integrated collaborative team environment, including frequent interactions with technicians, other engineers, and managers
  • Ability to work effectively in a dynamic professional setting with changing needs and requirements


  • Able to work full time, onsite for a minimum of 12 consecutive weeks beginning in August or September 2023
  • Able to provide own transportation for positions at Brownsville, Cape Canaveral, McGregor and Vandenberg locations


Pay range:

Associate Engineer - Post Grad/Completed Bachelor's: $83,200.00/per year
Associate Engineer - Post Grad/Completed Master's: $91,000.00/per year
Associate Engineer - Post Grad/Completed PhD: $100,100.00/per year

Your salary will be determined by academic level. Pay is just one part of your total rewards package at SpaceX. You may also be eligible for a stipend to subsidize relocation costs, as well as access to our comprehensive medical coverage and a 401(k) retirement plan. Students joining SpaceX through our internship program will receive the opportunity to attend presentations from company leaders, social and networking events, as well as professional and personal development trainings. Interns are also eligible for paid company holidays. SpaceX offers 10 or more paid holidays per year.


  • To conform to U.S. Government export regulations, applicant must be a (i) U.S. citizen or national, (ii) U.S. lawful, permanent resident (aka green card holder), (iii) Refugee under 8 U.S.C. § 1157, or (iv) Asylee under 8 U.S.C. § 1158, or be 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 and qualifications and 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 SpaceX’s Affirmative Action Plan for veterans and individuals with disabilities, or applicants requiring reasonable accommodation to the application/interview process should notify the Human Resources Department at (310) 363-6000.


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BUILD RELIABILITY: Ensures quality production of assemblies and piece parts that flow into the production of the vehicle and proactively improve the vehicle reliability. This group develops standard tools, processes, methods, design adjustments and requirements to ensure production reliability.

CUSTOMER OPERATIONS AND INTEGRATION: Serves as the main interface between technical teams and customers to ensure our missions are successful and timely. This group encompasses the Space Operations team, which focuses on revolutionizing spaceflight operations for cargo and crew Dragon missions, as well as future company missions. There are roles in product management, mission management, mission engineering and proposal development.

FLIGHT RELIABILITY: Reviews and certifies the vehicle’s test and flight readiness. This team works to maintain safe, reliable practices during operations and to bridge operational and design challenges between test and launch. Flight Reliability interacts with the engineering, production, test and launch teams from the planning stage all the way to launch for the purpose of reviewing the vehicle configuration and status.

LAUNCH ENGINEERING: Fly, recover, fly again. The Launch team works at our Florida launch sites, our South Texas facility and Hawthorne headquarters on our Falcon 9, Falcon Heavy and Starship launch vehicles. Teams within this organization include but are not limited to: Ground Operations, Payload & Vehicle Integration, Recovery Engineering, Fleet Management, Launch Site Systems and Development Test.

MATERIALS ENGINEERING: Creates materials solutions to expand the capabilities of current vehicles and to push design boundaries for our future ones. They cover a wide range of materials disciplines from alloy development, large scale composite structures, additive manufacturing and traditional aerospace materials. This group’s work supports new designs, enabling re-usability of rockets and materials research focused on interplanetary travel.

PRODUCTION: Leveraging best-practices from a wide variety of industries, SpaceX aims to scale its production rate beyond that of any other launch company in the world. The Production group provides hands-on experience in a fast-paced environment with cutting edge technology. This group includes but is not limited to: Launch Vehicle and Spacecraft Assembly, Industrial Engineering, Integration & Test, and Manufacturing Engineering.

PROPULSION: Creates advanced rocket and spacecraft propulsion systems. This team designs, analyzes, builds and tests engines that will one day take humans to Mars. SpaceX currently builds more rocket engines than any other organization in the country. Furthermore, the design and performance parameters of SpaceX engines are notably recognized throughout the industry.

SILICON ENGINEERING: Designs, develops and qualifies our custom developed semiconductor solutions. The group partners with other engineering teams and industry partners to create innovative digital, analog and mixed-signal ASICs and FPGAs. This group develops a broad variety of chips in CMOS, BiCMOS, GaAs and GaN technologies, from large SoC's to mmWave RFICs. The work includes but is not limited to: system architecture, full flow IC development, RF and PCB development, custom packaging, integration & test, SW development and 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.

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TEST OPERATIONS: SpaceX tests every engine, component and stage for development and flight at a 4,000-acre state-of-the-art rocket development facility in McGregor, Texas. Interns will receive the opportunity to take ownership of projects related to the systems and hardware used to prove out the next generation of American rockets.

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