Manufacturing Internship

Urban Sky
Denver, CO
Added: April 12, 2024
About Urban Sky:

Urban Sky is a venture-backed aerospace startup that pioneers utilization of the stratosphere and reimagines the way humans view and analyze the earth. We design, build, operate, and sell stratospheric balloon systems, and the data we collect supports a wide range of applications, from real-time wildfire monitoring to urban mapping. Urban Sky sends flight vehicles to the stratosphere on a weekly basis.

Our team consists of engineers, makers, developers, and doers who believe in the power of human potential when passion meets utility within a small, supportive team. At Urban Sky we strive to create a team culture grounded in candor, inclusion, respect and empowerment.

We aim to build the next chapter of stratospheric history in Denver and are seeking self-starting, open-minded, and hard-working team members.

About The Role:

Urban Sky is offering an internship in our Manufacturing Department for Summer 2024. During your internship you will work closely with your mentor and other employees, who will guide you as you apply your knowledge to and grow your skills on specific projects. This internship will aim to provide interns with exposure to various functional areas, including a start-up environment where you will have insight to daily operations, future proofing, and 5S methodologies.

Intern(s) will gain functional exposure to the following functional areas:

  • Manufacturing sub assembly kitting
  • Assembly level integration
  • Quality test and evaluation
  • Operational deployment / asset chain of custody
  • Component return and investigation

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Develop a date associated milestone roadmap for all 5 sections of 5s methodologies. Aligning with said persons time commitment to Urban Sky
  • Execute shop floor efficiency changes under the supervision of manufacturing leadership i.e. Nolan Smith, Ian Ramsay.
  • Provide metrics clearly illustrating overall gains in efficiency for every step of the 5s implementation process for current build cadences.
  • Provide metrics clearly illustrating projected efficiency gains for grant contract ramp to mass manufacturing, identifying specific hiring requirements.
  • Produce templates for quarterly efficiency audits.
  • Provide continuous improvement strategy for annual process upkeep.

Skills Interns will learn:

  • Generation of an efficiency program using vetted industry methodologies
  • Exposure and education in daily startup operations i.e. Bottlenecks, inventory control / management, and tack time manufacturing production cadences.
  • Future proofing, implementation and strategy surrounding growing companies during off nominal production cycles.
  • Forecasting against project-based efficiency data analysis


  • Degree or curriculum correlation to Manufacturing or supply chain management
  • Interest in Lean Manufacturing methodologies
  • Interest in supply chain efficiency and organization
  • Interest in working with a dynamic fast changing startup

Preferred Skills and Experience:

  • Ability to work well in an integrated collaborative team environment, including frequent interactions with engineers, and managers
  • Ability to work effectively in a dynamic professional setting with changing needs and requirements

Additional Requirements:

  • Able to work full time and onsite for a minimum of 10 consecutive weeks beginning May or June 2024.
  • Able to provide own transportation to Urban Sky headquarters in Denver, CO and work on site.

Pay and Benefits:

  • Hourly Pay $18 - $23 per hour
  • We are required to post this salary range per Colorado law. Your salary will be determined based on your abilities and experience.
  • Cell Phone Bill Stipend

NOTE: Research suggests that women and BIPOC individuals may self-select out of opportunities if they don’t meet 100% of the job requirements. We encourage anyone who believes that they have the skills and the passion necessary to succeed here to apply for this role.

Urban Sky is an equal opportunity employer and we value diversity. All employment is decided on the basis of qualifications, merit and business need.