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Weld Engineering Internship - Summer 2024

Why a ULA Internship

Thanks for your interest in United Launch Alliance, the world’s most experienced and reliable space launch company!

Successfully launching more than 150 consecutive missions doesn’t just happen. It’s credit to the commitment of our 2,500 team members and the systems and processes we use to pull them together.

As a ULA intern, you’ll gain real-world work experience and exposure to life at the nation’s premier space launch company.

Together, our unshakable unity yields stronger solutions and better results as we carry out our mission to save lives, explore the universe, and connect the world.

Our team is excited to meet you!

Your Role: What you'll be doing

As a Weld Engineering Intern at United Launch Alliance you'll gain hands-on experience and will have the opportunity to:

  • Perform basic engineering tasks related to design, analysis, test, integration and systems engineering.
  • Perform analysis on existing flight hardware, assist in the design and development of future hardware, perform analysis for both completed and future launches, test, systems engineering, mission integration, quality assurance, system safety, launch operations and production operations.
  • Perform the following, but not limited to: data analysis, analysis methodology improvement projects, software improvement projects, trade studies, design for manufacturer studies, creating or modifying tool designs, processing cause and corrective actions for non-conformances, maintain production work instructions, supplier management, and component or integrated systems test.
  • Support one or more experienced engineers in performance of assignments, spend time shadowing actual operations, and have unique assignments that support larger projects as well as experience the day-to-day workings of engineering.

Interns may perform and/or participate in additional activities/events which help them build a strong network within the ULA community and with fellow interns!


Your Background: What education and experience you'll need


  • Must have completed at least sophomore of college or university by the time of the summer internship assignment.
  • Must have a minimum college GPA of 2.90 on a 4.00 scale at the time of application; cumulative, no rounding. NOTE: An unofficial transcript is required if you are invited for an interview. We recommend you upload it to your profile when you apply.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and motorized vehicle transportation if assigned an internship in Alabama; California; Florida; or Pueblo, Colorado. For Denver, Colorado and Washington, DC, motorized transportation is recommended.


Required Skills


  • Actively pursuing a bachelor's degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) field from an accredited college or university.
  • Must have plans to be enrolled in classes during Fall Semester 2024.
  • Ability to work full-time for a minimum of 10 weeks during the summer of 2024.
  • Academic weld engineering experience, preferably with aluminum alloys and stainless steel. 
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, SharePoint).
  • Effective presentation, written communication, and verbal communication skills.
  • Must be able to complete an internship at any of the below United Launch Alliance locations:
    • Decatur, AL


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About ULA Internships: What makes us different

Because we understand launch success comes through the collective efforts of a team, we seek the best to join us. We value ethics, ingenuity, diversity and professional development for employees at all levels. ULA has seven locations around the country and positions are offered at the majority of them. They are:

  • Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, Florida
  • Decatur, Alabama
  • Denver, Colorado
  • Pueblo, Colorado
  • Vandenberg Space Force Base, California
  • Washington, DC

We offer our interns competitive pay as well as:

  • An opportunity to participate in designing, building, and launching of ULA’s sports rockets
  • Flexible work environments
  • Numerous social and networking opportunities
  • For those who qualify, a living stipend may be available

Additionally, ULA Interns work a “9/80 schedule,” meaning they enjoy every other Friday off.

Security Clearance / International Traffic In Arms Regulations (ITAR). This position requires use of information which is subject to the International Traffic In Arms Regulations (ITAR). Therefore, all applicants must be U.S. Persons as defined in ITAR 120.15 (e.g., U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident (Green Card holder) or protected individual. Also see 8 U.S.C. 1101(a)(20) and 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3) for additional information).

ULA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or any other categories protected by law.

ULA is a participant in the federal E-Verify Program. Posters in PDF format pertaining to this program can be accessed by clicking on the links identified below. E-Verify Participation poster (English | Spanish ) and Right to Work poster ( English | Spanish ).

Interested in growing in your career with ULA?

Apply today. We look forward to learning more about you!