Aerojet Rocketdyne Careers

Intern - Materials & Processes Engineering

Location US-VA-Culpeper
Job ID
Intern - Engineering


Aerojet Rocketdyne is a world-class developer and manufacturer of advanced propulsion and energetics systems for customers including the U.S. Department of Defense, NASA and other agencies and companies, both in the United States and abroad. Our markets include space, where we provide a full range of propulsion and power systems for launch vehicles, satellites and other space vehicles; strategic missiles; missile defense; and tactical systems and armaments. Our propulsion systems, both liquid- and solid-fueled, have been at the heart of virtually every major U.S. space and missile program since the dawn of the space age. Visit our website at for more information on our company, our people, and our mission.


Aerojet Rocketdyne is seeking to fill an Intern – Materials & Processes Engineering role for Summer 2023 at its Culpeper, VA location.


Internships will start in approximately May/June and end in August/September.


What we can offer you:


Inspiring Company Culture - Our people support each other and work together to leave an indelible impact on our nation’s aerospace and defense legacy. Read more about our culture: Careers | Aerojet Rocketdyne.


Rest and Relaxation - 48 hour annual sick allowance, 9/80 schedule at most locations providing for longer weekends, company paid holidays.


Prepare for the Future - 401(k) with company match, variety of courses to support learning & development, mentorships.


Employee Resource Groups – Local and Enterprise employee-led volunteer groups to create community, awareness, impact, and to support a culture where everyone belongs.


Next Gen Workplace – Aerojet Rocketdyne is recognized as a top 100 Next Gen Workplace.


Trusted - Aerojet Rocketdyne is proud to be recognized as America’s Most Trusted Aerospace & Defense Company.  


Essential Job Functions (Including % of Time for Each)

The role will be supporting rocket propulsion materials and process development.


After orientation and training, intern will perform entry-level engineering assignments under direct supervision of other engineers following established procedures and policies.


The positionswill support senior engineering staff and provide experience and familiarization with Aerojet Rocketdyne programs, processes and products.


Projects may include materials engineering support for propellant development and production manufacturing and test, assisting in the selection of materials and formulations for product application, tailoring of the propellant formulation to the design allowables from literature and experimental data, the performance of material/propellant properties to the design allowables, and the generation of technical reports and presentations to document technical conclusions/findings.


Candidate must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program in Chemistry, Material Science, Chemical Engineering (or similar major), and be returning to school upon completion of the assignment.


Preferred Qualifications

3.2 GPA or above

Enrolled in an advanced degree program


Requires U.S. Citizenship or status as a U.S. Person. Must 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 or stand and maintain attention to detail despite interruptions; may occasionally lift/carry/push/pull up to 25 pounds; may require occasional 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 shifts and hours to ensure successful operation of activities in the organization.


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