Chemistry Interns

Benchmark Space SystemsPleasanton, CA

a month ago


Job Title

Propellant Chemistry Intern

Job Location

Pleasanton, CA

Job Overview

  • 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.

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People who completed this type of internship end up in the following types of jobs

Top majors

That get hired for this type of internship

  • Chemistry35%

  • Chemical Engineering14%

  • Biology9%

  • Biochemistry8%

  • Engineering3%

  • 82 other majors29%

People who did this kind of internship end up at the following companies

  • General Mills
Estimated Monthly Living Expenses

For Pleasanton, CA | $6,327/mo

  • Housing/Rent$3,927

  • Miscellaneous$1,096

  • Food$570

  • Utilities$368

  • Transportation$366


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