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Intern, American Rocketry Challenge

American Rocketry Challenge Internship 


The American Rocketry Challenge internship program gives selected interns the opportunity to be involved hands-on in the planning and execution of the world’s largest student rocket contest. Interns will gain valuable training in project management, communications, and data-driven research. This year, the competition celebrated its 20th anniversary.

An intern will work as an integral part of a small team that manages the American Rocketry Challenge, so will be actively involved in a variety of different aspects of the program. By the end of the internship, an intern will have a deep understanding of non-profit program management, diverse communications skills, and a clear, intern-managed project.

The 2022 Summer Intern Program requires a commitment of a minimum of 10 weeks, and a maximum of 12 weeks. Interns should expect to work 33 hours per week and will receive a weekly stipend of $500. To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to: with “ATTN: American Rocketry Challenge Internship” in the subject line. Applications and selection of an intern will be considered on a rolling basis.


  • Assisting the Program Director in the administration of all programming related to the 2023 American Rocketry Challenge
  • Assisting with communications including social media and newsletters
  • Assisting with data and survey analysis from the 2022 American Rocketry Challenge
  • Selecting, in consultation with the Program Director, a specific project area of the contest (Registration, Partnerships, Communications, Virtual Events, etc.) to develop and execute project plans
  • Assisting with promotion and registration for the 2023 American Rocketry Challenge
  • Assisting with the planning of our 2023 Title I Grant program
  • Assisting with the administration of our Alumni Network
  • Working with the Program Manager to develop new partnerships and programming in a COVID-19 environment and in post-COVID-19 transition plans


  • Undergraduate student with a passion for aerospace, education, and/or youth engagement. All majors will be considered.
  • Prior internship experienced preferred.
  • Strong writing and proofreading skills
  • Excellent communication, attention to detail, and time management skills
  • Advanced experience with Microsoft Office, PowerPoint, and Excel. Experience with ClickUp (or any other project management software) and/or SurveyMonkey is a plus, but not required.

About the American Rocketry Challenge

The American Rocketry Challenge is the world’s largest rocket contest with nearly 5,000 students nationwide competing each year. The contest gives middle and high school students the opportunity to design, build and launch model rockets and hands-on experience solving engineering problems. Since the program’s founding in 2002, over 85,000 students have gained invaluable STEM skills through hands-on, project-based learning.