Open Opportunities

Intern, American Rocketry Challenge


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.

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.

This internship requires a 15 to 25 hour time commitment per week. This internship is based in Washington, D.C. and the Eastern time zone but will be managed remotely.

Interested applicants should send in a resume and cover letter to and will be considered on a rolling basis. This is a paid internship at $15/hr.


  • Assisting the Program Manager in the administration of all programming related to the 2022 American Rocketry Challenge
  • Selecting, in consultation with the Program Manager, a specific project area of the contest (Virtual Competitions, Partnerships, Communications, Virtual Events, etc.) to develop and execute project plans
  • Assisting with registration for the 2022 American Rocketry Challenge
  • Assisting with the administration of our 2022 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, seniors preferred, 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 Notion or any other Project Management software 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 70,000 students have gained invaluable STEM skills through hands-on, project-based learning.