Intern, Electro-Optical Engineer

San Francisco, CA
Added: April 4, 2024
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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

The Electro-Optical Systems team is seeking an Electro-Optical Engineering Intern to help with the design, assembly, integration and testing of optical payloads in Planet’s fleet of Earth-imaging satellites. As an intern on the Electro-Optical Systems team within Planet’s Space Systems division, you will be a key contributor in Planet’s agile aerospace approach to spacecraft design, and will and will collaborate with Planet's leading-edge spacecraft design and manufacturing teams as well as, our optical, mechanical, thermal and qualification teams.

Impact You’ll Own

  • Investigate a given technical problem
  • Explore and develop a solution to the technical problem
  • Test and implement the solution
  • Document technical approach and solution

What You Bring

  • Experience working with electro-optical components such as telescopes, lenses, cameras & imaging sensors
  • Experience with optical metrology and alignment activities for telescope and sensor integration and troubleshooting
  • Experience with the development and execution of test software and analysis in a laboratory setting, such as in Python
  • Experience in recording detailed and accurate test descriptions and data summaries
  • Ability to work in a dynamic and fast-pacing environment
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and a willingness to collaborate across teams
  • Educational background in Optical Engineering or relevant experience

What Makes You Stand Out

  • Experience with relevant modeling and simulation tools, such as Solidworks or Zemax OpticStudio
  • Experience leveraging Python and/or C/C++ in a Unix/Linux/AWS environment to support test hardware
  • Experience with collecting large amounts of data, data storage, and data manipulation
  • Experience working with external vendors, suppliers, and integrators
  • Associates, Bachelors, Masters, or Doctorate in EE, CS, or relevant scientific/engineering field

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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