Iridium Satellite

Intern, Product Engineering

Job Locations US-VA-McLean
Job ID 2023-3049
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 seeks a stand-out engineering student to contribute to the research, development, testing, and the sustaining engineering of the Iridium mobile products. Education or demonstrated experience in electrical, software, and/or systems engineering practice is necessary for success in this position. Additional potential responsibilities are detailed below; once selected, internship will be tailored to interests and strengths of candidate.


What You’ll Do:

  • Circuit design and/or circuit evaluation, capture schematics, layout PCB's, populate PCB's
  • Define system interfaces, create requirements, draft test plans, capture traceability
  • Present designs for formal review and discussion
  • Participate in hardware, software, and/or system design reviews for ongoing projects
  • Perform acceptance reviews of work conducted by subcontractors
  • Review test reports to validate issue closure
  • Respectfully work cross functionally within the organization

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
  • Working in and contributing to a team environment
  • Organization and time management
  • Participation in advanced-level design, implementation, and test discussions
  • Exposure to practical project management techniques and practices
  • Broadening of knowledge base through weekly technical and business topic seminars

What You’ll Need to Succeed:

  • Strong work ethic, positive attitude, and professional demeanor
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Attention to detail and accuracy
  • Demonstrated hardware, software, or systems integration and troubleshooting experience
  • Experience in C and/or Python is highly desired for software engineering tasks
  • Experience with common laboratory test equipment is highly desired for hardware engineering tasks
  • Knowledgeable about embedded software and hardware systems for systems engineering tasks

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 for Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or Computer Engineering are preferred.
  • US Citizenship Required
  • Must be eligible to work in person


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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