Rocket Lab Internships

Launch your career

As a global company, each Rocket Lab site has its own unique internship offerings, but each position is designed to provide students with real-world experience and an opportunity to impact real programs within the space industry. All of our internships are paid, and over 80% of internships result in employment with Rocket Lab. All current available internships are posted as jobs on our careers page.

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Rocket Lab USA

Long Beach, California

Our Long Beach internships generally span software, engineering and/or corporate support roles. You must be a U.S. citizen or U.S. person to be eligible for an internship. 

Our Long Beach facility also supports internships for fellows in the following fellowships:

  • Brooke Owens Fellowship Program
    Rocket Lab is a host institution for the Brooke Owens Fellowship, an organisation that provides paid internships and executive mentorship for exceptional undergraduate women and gender-minority students in aerospace.
  • Matthew Isakowitz Fellowship Program
    Rocket Lab is a host institution for the Matthew Isakowitz Fellowship Program, a highly selective internship and mentorship program that provides internship opportunities to college juniors, seniors, and graduate students passionate about commercial spaceflight.
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Our New Mexico-based interns have had the opportunity to play a direct role in some of the world’s most important space missions including the Mars 2020 Helicopter, DART, PSYCHE, and NASA’s Power and Propulsion Element for the lunar gateway!

You must be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. Person. to be eligible for an internship. 

Littleton, Colorado

Our interns have worked operations helping generate telemetry through STK that was used for pre-launch analysis of a two-satellite mission; optimized build scripts to simplify process to build MAX for any processor and OS; worked with customer to predict the ADCS performance of their satellites through SOLIS simulations; developed an attitude controller for satellites with failed reaction wheels; worked on reformatting and rebranding the company website and MAX portal; developed the artificial intelligence for vision navigation system.

You must be a U.S. Citizen or U.S. Person. to be eligible for an internship. 

Rocket Lab Canada

Toronto, Ontario


Our Canadian-based interns receive mentoring and career advice and are part of a tight-knit team with lots of responsibility! All interns at Rocket Lab Toronto contribute directly to satellite components that will one day fly in space. A hands-on engineering experience that is hard to match.

You must be entitled to live and work in Canada be eligible for an internship. 

Rocket Lab New Zealand

Auckland & Waikato

When’s the next intake?

Typically in November each year.

Key requirements:

  • Strong academic record with evidence of extra-curricular community involvement, and a demonstrated interest in aerospace.
  • A positive attitude, great work ethic, and a passion for space technologies.
  • Previous hands-on experience from university projects or previous internships are highly valued, but not necessary for the right applicant.
  • In order to meet our ITAR hiring restrictions, applicants must be a New Zealand citizen or a citizen of an ITAR approved country. For more information, please refer to the ITAR Regulations provided here.
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