Aerojet Rocketdyne (AR) is seeking a student intern to support its Washington Operations organization located in Arlington, VA. Washington Operations conducts a variety of activities and outreach to Executive Branch officials, Members of Congress and their staffs, and other related industry associations and think tanks to ensure AR’s interests are considered in Federal policy and funding decisions. Internships at AR provide both an opportunity and challenge for students to enhance their professional skills to include: government/civics, public policy advocacy and outreach, critical thinking abilities, and communication skills.
A successful student-candidate will be a self-starter with a strong interest public policy, government, and aerospace and defense.
AR is a world recognized aerospace and defense leader providing propulsion and energetics to the space, missile defense, strategic, tactical missile and armament sectors in support of domestic and international markets. This is a full-time internship opportunity for approximately 8-10 weeks during the summer 2019 semester/quarter.
35% - Attend, analyze and report on congressional hearings, committee mark-ups and votes on relevant House and Senate bills, including compiling analysis on potential impact to Aerojet Rocketdyne programs and other programs of interest. Assist in preparing presentations that will be used to brief Members of Congress, congressional staff and key Executive Branch officials.
35% - Research and prepare briefings on pending and ongoing NASA, Department of Defense, and private industry aerospace programs and their impact on the company’s space and defense sectors. Assist in conducting economic and market analysis related to these sectors.
10% - Assist in maintaining and developing, as required, various advocacy tracking databases including rosters and contact plans for key Legislative and Executive Branch officials and issues, such as supplier and electric propulsion databases.
10% - Attend and report on industry trade association and public policy/think tank organization events (e.g. Space Transportation Association, Space Enterprise Council, Aerospace Industry Association, and similar).
10% - Additional projects and responsibilities may be assigned during the course of this internship, including outreach activities to State Governors that maintain a federal outreach presence in Washington, D.C.
Current enrollment in a Bachelor degree college or university program required. Candidates must have completed at least their Sophomore year of an undergraduate program. Strong communication skills (written and verbal) and high technical proficiency (MS Office Suite, etc.) required. The successful candidate must be a self-motivated, team-oriented person with a solid track record of success.
US Citizenship required. Must also be able to satisfy federal government requirements for access to government information and having dual citizenship may preclude you from being able to meet this requirement.
Work Environment and Physical Requirements:
Employees in these positions must possess mobility to work in a standard office setting and to use standard office equipment, including a computer; stamina to sit and to maintain attention to detail despite interruptions; may occasionally lift/carry/push/pull up to 15 pounds; may require minimal walking, climbing, stooping, crouching, and/or bending; and vision to read printed materials and a computer screen, and hearing and speech to communicate in person and over the telephone. May require the ability to travel by air or auto. May require the use of personal protective equipment such as safety glasses, safety shoes, and shop coat. These positions may be expected to work varying hours to ensure successful operation of activities in the organization.