Intern, Qualification 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.

Program Dates

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

About The Role

Join Planet as a Qualification Engineering Intern! From technology demonstrators to operational constellations, exceptional engineers are needed to design, manufacture, test and launch record-breaking numbers of spacecrafts. We leverage the latest technologies and develop our own, while rapidly iterating our spacecrafts designs. As an intern under the mentorship of experienced professionals, you will join a small team of dedicated engineers, playing a key role in the advent of several platforms. The ideal candidate is a hard worker, eager to learn while doing, with an appetite for challenging problems to solve. Versatile, curious and creative, they are highly motivated by working with hardware.

This role will require you to be physically present at our headquarters in San Francisco, CA, 5 days a week.

Impact You’ll Own

  • Support the environmental test campaigns of our latest sub-systems prototypes and flight hardware, by participating in campaigns organization and running tests.
  • Design, assemble and qualify test support equipment to support vibration, shock, and thermal vacuum testing.
  • Develop, set up and suggest improvements on our data acquisition systems
  • Document and present work to multi-disciplinary collaborators and leadership

What You Bring

  • Engagement in a BSc or MSc program in mechanical, electrical, robotics or any other relevant field of engineering
  • A passion for space and mechanical systems
  • Hands-on experience in mechanics, robotics, domotics, rocketry, RC aircraft making, testing or any other practicum, club or hobby projects
  • Experience using Solidworks CAD & FEA (simulation) with an understanding of the importance of design for manufacturing
  • Interest in automation and prototyping, and experience using Arduinos and Raspberry Pis
  • Excellent communication skills and a willingness to engage in collaborative work across teams

What Makes You Stand Out

  • Exposure to environmental testing, whether it is to vibration, shock, thermal or vacuum
  • Experience setting up and working with lab equipment such as power supplies, multimeters, oscilloscopes, etc.

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.


Planet is an inclusive community and we know that everyone has their own needs. If you have a disability or special need that requires accommodation during the hiring process, please reach out to or contact your recruiter with your request. Your message will be confidential and we will be happy to assist you.

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