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2020 Interns Forged New Foundations at Planet

Stories

We believe that in times of difficulty, new perspectives are more imperative than ever. That’s why despite the recent global uncertainty, we set a goal to not just support, but elevate, our internship program in 2020. 

Our first-ever remote intern class excelled in their new and challenging remote work environment, and set solid foundations for years to follow.

The 2020 class joined the Planet team from institutions around the world. These interns represented 14 schools, 17 cities and eight countries internationally, and brought a range of experience from undergraduate studies to Ph.D research.  We’ll let them tell you more:  

We hope you’ll help us spread their stories today. Not only to say thank you to this foundation setting class, but to reach a new class of interns that are interested in experiencing what Planet has to offer.

And although we plan to support another remote intern class again this summer, we are continuing to explore what this means at Planet. This year, we are partnering with the following trailblazing organizations to better represent a global workforce with various skill sets: 

Brooke Owens Fellowship  – a fellowship that provides mentorship to exceptional undergraduate women and gender-minority students in aerospace.

Virgin Galactic Black Scholars/BLAST -a fellowship program that provides mentoring, jobs and career support for Black scholars pursuing STEM education with a focus on aerospace.

Matthew Isakowitz Fellowship -a highly selective internship, mentorship, and networking program that provides extraordinary summer opportunities to current college juniors, seniors, and graduate students passionate about commercial spaceflight.

ZED Factor –a program that empowers aspiring aerospace professionals from underrepresented backgrounds by connection with hands-on practical working experiences with leading companies in the aerospace community.

This post was co-written by Michelle Idziorek and Tori Klotz. Please contact Michelle at michelle@planet.com for anything Space Systems related or questions regarding the specific programs listed above. Please contact Tori at tori@planet.com for the remainder of internships or programming questions. 

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