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American Rocketry Challenge Internship (Hybrid or In-Person)

Winter/Spring 2023


Have a passion for aerospace, program management, or STEM? Join us as the Winter/Spring 2023 intern for the world’s largest rocket contest, the American Rocketry Challenge. The internship gives selected interns the opportunity to be involved in the hands-on planning and execution of the aerospace and defense industry’s signature STEM initiative, reaching nearly 5,000 students annually. 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 they will be actively involved in a variety of different program aspects. By the end of the internship, the individual will garner an understanding of non-profit program management, diverse communications skills, and a clear, intern-managed project.

This internship requires a 20-to-25-hour time commitment per week. This internship is based in Washington, D.C. and the Eastern time zone. In-person availability is preferred but hybrid schedules can be arranged. The intern is expected to assist in-person at the American Rocketry Challenge Finals on May 19th and 20th, 2023. The intern may also be expected to assist in-person at up to two additional Saturday activities prior to Finals.

Interested applicants should send in a resume and cover letter to [email protected]. Applications and selection of an intern will be considered on a rolling basis. This is a paid internship at $15/hr.


  • Assisting the Program Director in the administration of all programming related to the 2023 American Rocketry Challenge
  • Assisting with vendor communication and event management of the 2023 National Finals
  • Assisting with digital communications including social media, graphic design, and newsletters
  • Selecting, in consultation with the Program Director, a specific project area of the contest (Virtual Competitions, Partnerships, Communications, Virtual Events, etc.) to develop and execute project plans
  • Assisting with registration and team applications for the 2023 American Rocketry Challenge
  • Assisting with the administration of our 2023 STEM Innovation Grant program for Title I schools
  • Assisting with the administration of our Alumni Network


  • 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, Excel, and Canva.
  • Experience with Click-up or another 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 80,000 students have gained invaluable STEM skills through hands-on, project-based learning.

Manager, Policy Communications

Reports To Senior Director, Communications Job Level Manager
Department Communications FLSA Status Exempt
Location  Arlington/Hybrid Position Type Full-Time

Position Description:

The Aerospace Industries Association’s (AIA) communications team is a key driver of the organization’s advocacy and outreach strategy, sharing the story of how the aerospace and defense industry contributes to America’s safety, security, and economic success. The Manager of Policy Communications is an energetic, entrepreneurial, and capable writer who will help the communications team tell – and sell – that story. In this writing-heavy position, you will work with policy and legislative teams to craft the message and draft compelling, accessible content, including op-eds, press releases, blog posts, and speeches, to reach policymakers, the media, and the public. You will also help support and coordinate AIA media outreach, ensuring the organization reaches the right audience at the right time.

Core duties and responsibilities:

  • Work across the communications team and broader organization to advance AIA priorities, align its message, build its brand, and support its members and team
  • Develop key AIA written deliverables — including op-eds, press releases, speeches, testimony, talking points, and blog posts — to introduce, emphasize, and/or maximize key messages
  • Contribute creatively to AIA editorial calendar and identify ways to amplify AIA’s advocacy and outreach efforts
  • Help build AIA reporter relationships by maintaining press lists; staying current on relevant news outlets, reporters, and their areas of focus; and brainstorming creative avenues to pitch AIA experts, members, and their stories
  • Assist in the preparation of AIA experts and members for media interviews and speaking engagements
  • Track communications outputs and monitor effectiveness of AIA communications strategies
  • Manage vendor support for media database and other relevant communications tools


  • 2-5 years of communications experience, ideally within the legislative or executive branch as a speechwriter or comparable role
  • Excellent writing and editing skills
  • Ability to multi-task under tight deadlines
  • Strong customer service and relationship-building skills
  • Proficient in applicable technology programs and applications
  • Experience in measuring the effectiveness of communication strategies
  • Self-starter who is able to work independently and as part of a collaborative team
  • Experience with Cision or other PR platforms a plus


  • Bachelor-level degree in communications, marketing, English, or related field or equivalent experience

To apply, please send the following documents to [email protected]:

  • Resume
  • Cover Letter
  • Three writing samples
  • Three (3) References [Name, Title, Contact information]

AIA is proud to be an equal opportunity workplace, committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity/expression or Veteran status.

How To Apply

Send us your resume and cover via email. Be sure to include your contact information and the title of the role you’re applying for. If we determine you might be a good fit for the role, an AIA representative will reach out to you.


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If you are a student or recent graduate and are interested in learning about the aerospace and defense industry then an internship at AIA may be right for you. We encourage you to learn more about exciting opportunities offered by AIA.

Equal Opportunity

AIA is proud to be committed to equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, age, citizenship, marital status, disability, gender identity/expression or Veteran status. Consistent with these policies, we strongly believe that diversity contributes to a broader collective perspective that will consistently lead to a better organization and better results. We are working hard to increase the diversity of our team wherever we can, and we actively encourage everyone to consider becoming a part of it.

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