Intern, Edge Compute

San Francisco, CA/Remote
Added: April 4, 2024
Welcome to Planet. We believe in using space to help life on Earth.

Planet designs, builds, and operates the largest constellation of imaging satellites in history. This constellation delivers an unprecedented dataset of empirical information via a revolutionary cloud-based platform to authoritative figures in commercial, environmental, and humanitarian sectors. We are both a space company and data company all rolled into one.

Customers and users across the globe use Planet's data to develop new technologies, drive revenue, power research, and solve our world’s toughest obstacles.

As we control every component of hardware design, manufacturing, data processing, and software engineering, our office is a truly inspiring mix of experts from a variety of domains.

We have a people-centric approach toward culture and community and we strive to iterate in a way that puts our team members first and prepares our company for growth. Join Planet and be a part of our mission to change the way people see the world.

Planet is a global company with employees working remotely world wide and joining us from offices in San Francisco, Washington DC, Germany, Austria, Slovenia, and The Netherlands.

Internships At Planet

Planet’s Summer 2024 internships are full-time, paid 12-week positions located in our San Francisco HQ Office.

Program Dates

  • May 28th - August 16th
  • June 10th - August 30th

About The Role

Join Planet's Edge Compute Team as an Edge Compute Spacecraft Intern! We conduct tech demos and operational constellations and we're designing, manufacturing and launching record-breaking numbers of spacecraft. As an intern and under the mentorship of experienced professionals, you will be an integral part of our design process, prototyping and testing edge compute modules and algorithms for processing data onboard satellites.

This is a fantastic opportunity to learn, grow, and engage with seasoned Planeteers from teams such as the analytics machine learning team and work to co-develop edge computing solutions for Planet’s next generation of spacecraft.

Impact You’ll Own

  • Hardware/software co-development of edge computing solutions for Planet’s next generation spacecraft
  • Develop pre-processing of raw imagery onboard the satellite to make them useable by the machine learning algorithms
  • Collaborate with the analytics machine learning team to implement deep-learning-based classification systems on pre-processed imagery for identifying, characterizing, and classifying objects
  • Explore and develop new methods for improving detection performance and improving the runtime of inference

What You Bring

  • Experience with computer vision, machine learning, and deep learning-based approaches
  • Proven ability deploying algorithms and solutions to solve real-world problems in computationally constrained environments
  • Proficiency in C++, Python, or related tools and system SW architecture
  • MS or PhD in EE/CS/Physics

What Makes You Stand Out

  • Experience managing and doing GPU-based computing on large data sets
  • Experience with machine learning on earth observation data sets

EAR/ITAR Requirements

This position requires access to export-controlled technology, and as such, and in accordance to applicable law, employment is only open to US citizens, US nationals, lawful permanent residents of the US or persons admitted to the US as an asylee or refugee.


The US hourly rate range for this position at the commencement of employment is $35 - $60. The final salary range is determined by job related experience, skills and location. The range displays our typical hiring range for new hire salaries in US locations only. Your recruiter can share more about the specific salary range for your preferred location during the hiring process.

Why We Care So Much About Belonging.

We’re dedicated to helping the whole Planet, and to do that we must strive to represent all of it within each of our offices and on all of our teams. That’s why Planet is guided by an ultimate north star of Belonging, dreaming big as we approach our ongoing work with diversity, equity and inclusion. If this job intrigues you, but you’re thinking you might not have all the qualifications, please... do apply! At Planet, we are looking for well-rounded people from around the world who can contribute to more ways than just what is listed in this job description. We don’t just fill positions, we aspire to fulfill people’s careers, most excited about folks who are motivated by our underlying humanitarian efforts. We are a few orbits around the sun before we get to where we want to be, so we hope you’re excited to come along for the ride.

EEO Statement

Planet is committed to building a community where everyone belongs and we invite people from all backgrounds to apply. Planet is an equal opportunity employer, and committed to providing employment opportunities regardless of race, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic information, marital status, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding, age, sexual orientation, military or veteran status, or any other protected classification, in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws. Know Your Rights.


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