Intern, Mechanical Engineer

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

The Mechanical Engineering team at Planet is seeking a Mechanical Engineer Intern to help drive the design of key spacecraft subsystems across Planet’s fleet of Earth-imaging satellites. As an intern you will support the ME team in spacecraft design and testing efforts. Under the mentorship of senior MEs and working cross-functionally with structural analysis, thermal engineering, and the reliability & qualification teams, you will be a contributor in Planet's agile aerospace approach to spacecraft design.

Impact You’ll Own

  • Provide support to design, engineering, prototyping, production, and validation activities for various programs at Planet
  • Assist in developing and executing engineering and production tests to drive mechanical design and manufacturing process improvements
  • Design and build test fixtures to support various space hardware programs
  • Document and present work to multi-disciplinary collaborators and leadership

What You Bring

  • Pursuing a BS/MS in Mechanical Engineering, Industrial Engineering, or similar
  • Experience with Solidworks, geometric tolerancing, design for manufacture (DFM), Raspberry Pi/Arduino, prototyping (machine shop, 3d printing, etc.)
  • Analytical/problem solving skills and ability to use statistical tools and techniques
  • Organization, planning, communication, and time management skills
  • Interest in working on high-reliability, space qualified hardware

What Makes You Stand Out

  • Working toward a Masters degree in Mechanical Engineering or other related engineering or science degree
  • Proficiency in Python, Matlab, Visual Basic, and/or C
  • Coursework or project history where you designed, built and tested an idea that you can discuss in depth
  • A fascination with space and an eagerness to tackle the unique engineering challenges presented by its dynamic conditions

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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