Exploring Redwire with the 2021 Interns

Redwire’s mission to accelerate humanity’s expansion into space is powered by a diverse team working together to build the next generation of space infrastructure.  

To further this mission, Redwire is investing in the future of the aerospace workforce through partnerships with colleges and universities, sponsoring student-led professional organizations, and providing hands-on experience through the Redwire internship program. Redwire interns work on a wide range of projects, from engineering to marketing and business development. They work closely with project managers and company leadership for mentorship and guidance. 

The most recent class of interns worked at Redwire locations across the country on innovative technologies while learning from leading experts in the aerospace industry. With determination and a willingness to go above and beyond, this class of interns impressed all year long. 

Valuable Industry Experience  

“This summer, I learned strategies for solving problems in shorter periods of time,” said Matthew Isakowitz Fellowship intern Madeline Bowne. “There’s always more than one way to solve a problem — but with the right tools, you can find the most efficient way.” 

Intern Madeline Bowne at Redwire Headquarters in Jacksonville, Florida. Madeline worked on Redwire’s Archinaut spacecraft team.

Madeline is an aerospace engineering M.S. student at Georgia Tech, working as a graduate research assistant in the university’s Aerospace Systems Design Laboratory. She spent the summer working with the Redwire Archinaut team and got a taste of what it is like to work in the commercial space industry. Matthew Isakowitz Fellows are extraordinary individuals who went through an intensive interview process, before being placed with a leading aerospace company. Redwire is proud to sponsor Matthew Isakowitz Fellows, like Madeline, and encourage the passions of the next generation of space enthusiasts. 

The Matthew Isakowitz Fellowship is open to college juniors, seniors, and graduate students who intend to pursue a full-time career in the commercial spaceflight industry. 

“Interning at Redwire was a life-changing experience,” said Zed Factor Fellow Maria Gonzalez. “I learned to overcome my imposter syndrome and see myself as a valuable engineer with bright ideas to contribute.” 

Intern Maria Gonzalez with a model of Redwire’s Archinaut spacecraft at Redwire Headquarters in Jacksonville, Florida.

As a summer intern, Maria learned how to work independently and ask the right questions while working on a large project for Redwire. A student at Prairie View A&M University in Texas, Maria is one of two Zed Factor Fellows who worked with Redwire this summer, demonstrating impressive technical and leadership capabilities. She is also the president of Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) at her university.  

Nikita Manjuluri, a student at Columbia University, is also a Zed Factor Fellow. She worked on additive manufacturing at Redwire during her summer internship. “My Redwire internship was my first summer internship, so the most valuable skills I gained were how to network and make the most of the resources around me, from 3D printers to senior mechanical engineers,” said Nikita. She was able to work on many different projects and learn from passionate engineers across the company 

The Zed Factor Fellowship application is due January 3, 2022 and is open to full-time undergraduate students from an underrepresented community or background. 

Intern Isabel Hunt had applied to Redwire before but did not get in the first time. Nevertheless, she persisted. “A year later I applied for the Brooke Owens Fellowship and was so excited to match with them after remembering all of the cool work the company does in the aerospace industry,” said the Temple University mechanical engineering student. “It was a great full-circle moment for me.” 

As a Redwire intern, Isabel Hunt worked with Redwire’s additive manufacturing technology. Photo Credit: Brooke Owens Fellowship

As a Brooke Owens Fellow Isabel was able to experience her dream internship working on developing Redwire’s additive manufacturing technology. She learned about manufacturing and 3D printers, and even plans to get her own printer at home to practice rapid prototyping. At Redwire, she was able to explore all her interests in aerospace, coding, and robotics.  

The Brooke Owens Fellowship for 2022 is currently closed but will reopen in 2022 for the 2023 fellowship. It is open to undergraduate students of gender minority who are interested in pursuing a career in aerospace. 

Working at the Redwire’s Littleton location, Trevor Bird was involved with many technical projects, doing vibration and benchtop testing on electronic components to further projects that could one day go to space. “The most exciting part of this internship was the ability to get a glimpse into the space industry and get an idea of where this industry is headed in the future,” said the University of New Mexico student.  

Intern Trevor Bird worked at Redwire’s Littleton, Colorado location. During his internship he worked on many technical projects.

During his internship, Trevor also learned which information is expected to be conveyed to customers when going through specific test flows of their components. This gave him valuable insight into the standard of work that is expected in this industry. 

Upcoming Internship Opportunities  

Redwire is dedicated to providing an enriching, unique experience that enables interns with different backgrounds and experiences to develop skills, clarify career goals and inspire their extracurricular activities. As Redwire continues to grow, there will be expanded internship opportunities across the company’s business units.  

If you are interested in interning at Redwire, you can explore and apply directly for positions through the Redwire website. Positions will continue to be posted through November. You can also apply to a fellowship program such as the Matthew Isakowitz Fellowship, the Brooke Owens Fellowship, or the Zed Factor Fellowship 

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