Iridium Satellite

Intern, Test Automation

Job Locations US-VA-McLean
Job ID 2023-3024
Worker Category

Company Overview

Iridium is an award-winning and innovative satellite communications company with bragging rights to the only network that offers voice and data connectivity anywhere in the world. For over 20 years, Iridium’s unique network and services have supported critical communications needs for individuals, businesses, and the evolving Internet of Things.


At Iridium, we understand the importance of staying connected and the limitations of traditional communications networks. People across the globe, including first responders, humanitarians, global militaries, scientific researchers, and lone workers, as well as ships, aircraft and remote operations all rely on Iridium to stay connected. We take our responsibility for providing these essential communications very seriously and pride ourselves on offering a reliable lifeline when needed. Likewise, Iridium is committed to providing an exciting and innovative workplace, where employees are challenged to think outside the box and collaborate on new, bold ideas and solutions. Our talented teams are passionate about their work and the impact our company makes around the world. Iridium fosters an empowering and inclusive culture that allows employees to genuinely be their best selves. We are looking for others who want to join this truly unique company that celebrates our employees and provides the opportunity to truly make a difference in the world.

Position Summary, Job Requirements & Responsibilities

Looking for a meaningful internship opportunity that will give you real-world experience and help you grow as a professional? Look no further than the Iridium Internship Program where you will be an integral part of the Iridium teams shaping the future of satellite communications! The Iridium Internship program is a 12-week program that runs from May 20, 2024 to August 9, 2024. As an Iridium Intern, you’ll begin making an impact on real projects from day one! During the program, come prepared to grow, develop, and learn alongside a team and the leaders of our company. Our Interns are offered a unique opportunity to provide valuable support to Iridium on projects and work assignments as well as the chance to participate in exciting activities that will allow you to connect with senior leadership and fellow interns. 


What We’re Looking For:

Iridium is seeking a bright intern to join the the test automation group. They are responsible for the transceivers that use the Iridium network. This internship will expose you to device testing, test automation, CI pipelines, and have an opportunity to improve our processes!


What You’ll Do:

  • Work with a team of hardware and software engineers
  • Learn how we do test automation
  • Take a goal or goals, collaborate on approaches to address it
  • Implement a solution, to attain or move toward the goal
  • Present the solution, findings, and next steps to the team

Skills You’ll Obtain:

  • Real-world experience in chosen field of interest and related topics through multiple hands-on projects
  • Critical thinking and analytical skills
  • Time management
  • Knowledge of development tools (e.g. JIRA, GitLab, Ansible) and hardware devices (e.g. power measurement, signal generators, vector analyzer)
  • How to collaborate with SMEs
  • Familiarity with satellite networks, with a focus on transceivers

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

  • Strong work ethic, positive attitude, and professional demeanor
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Attention to detail and accuracy
  • Experience coding in any imperative language (e.g., C/C++, C#, Java, or Python)
  • A willingness to program in Python
  • A desire to learn about new hardware
  • Comfortable using Linux and Windows
  • Comfortable with Microsoft Outlook 

Experience & Education Requirements / EEO

 Things You Must Bring to the Table:

  • Must be a minimum of 18 years of age
  • Must be currently enrolled in a bachelors or graduate degree program at an accredited academic institution
  • Preferred Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, or any science/engineering major
  • Must be eligible to work in the U.S.
  • Must be eligible to work in person
  • US Citizenship is required


Iridium is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or status as a protected veteran. EOE of Minorities/Females/Vets/Disability and other protected categories.


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