Propellant Chemistry Intern
- Benchmark is seeking a Propellant Chemistry intern to join our team for the Fall of 2023.
- Work closely with engineers and chemists to design, build, and test technologies supporting the next-generation of in-space propulsion products for small satellites.
- Gain valuable knowledge in industry best practices, propulsion engineering, propellant chemistry, use of engineering software, and documenting and presenting engineering results.
- This internship is onsite at our Pleasanton, CA location.
Temporary position: $24.00 - $29.00 / hr
- Conduct chemical and physical laboratory tests.
- Maintain, clean, and repair laboratory instruments and equipment.
- Set up chemical experiments, tests, and analysis using standard analytical chemistry equipment.
- Prepare chemical solutions.
- Provide and maintain a safe work environment.
- Provide technical chemical support to chemists, engineers, and technicians.
- Order and inventory materials to maintain supplies.
- Compile and interpret results of tests and analyses.
- Develop or conduct programs of sampling and analysis to maintain quality standards of incoming chemicals and standard solutions.
- Write technical reports and charts to document experimental results.
- Design or fabricate experimental apparatus to develop new products or processes.
- Develop new chemical engineering processes or production techniques.
- Source new materials and tools.
- Candidates must be enrolled in an accredited college or university and seeking a degree in chemistry or chemical engineering. Other relevant degrees are also acceptable.
- Previous internship or research experience in the chemical, medical, or space industry is a plus, but not required.
- Experience using and maintaining analytical chemistry instruments and apparatus such as vacuum filtration, titration, densitometers, spectroscopy, and refractometers.
- Chemical handling experience including knowledge of acids, alkalis, solvents, oxidizers, and their interactions, danger signs, production techniques, and disposal methods.
- Hands-on test and debugging skills in the lab, including use of standard equipment such as logic-analyzers, oscilloscopes, function generators, power supplies, multimeters, and data acquisition systems.
- Design and fabricate experimental apparatus to run a variety of chemical and physical tests.
- Ability to work collaboratively as part of a multi-disciplinary and geographically dispersed team.
- Ability, agility, and can-do attitude to work in an entrepreneurial, fast-paced, and matrixed cross-functional environment.
- Uses effective written, visual presentation, and oral strategies to communicate technical problems and concepts to a range of technical and non-technical audiences.
We're excited for you to apply!