Brooke Owens Fellowship

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Created to honor the legacy of a beloved space industry pioneer and accomplished pilot, Dawn Brooke Owens (1980 – 2016), the Brooke Owens Fellowship is designed to serve both as an inspiration and as a career boost to capable young women and other gender minorities who, like Brooke, aspire to explore our sky and stars, to shake up the aerospace industry, and to help their fellow people here on planet Earth. The fellowship does this by matching up to forty students per year with purpose-driven, paid internships at leading aerospace companies and organizations and with senior and executive level mentors.

  1. Fellows are matched by industry leaders to specific intern positions at one of the most exciting organizations in aerospace. Over the course of a ~12 week summer, Fellows complete meaningful projects, learn valuable skills, and are paid a living wage.
  2. Each Fellow is also matched with two senior- or executive-level mentors—one at their host company and one elsewhere in the industry. Our pool of Mentors includes astronauts, CEOs, award-winning journalists, and senior government officials. Mentors provide tailored advice on how to make the most of the Fellowship experience—and how to build a career.
  3. During the summer, all Fellows come together for a exclusive, one-of-a-kind Summit, making valuable connections and learning important skills. In addition to team projects and one-on-one mentoring sessions, the Summit features intense, private Q&A sessions with Congresswomen, astronauts, CEOS, and company founders.
  4. By earning their spot in the program, each Fellow is forever included in the Brooke Owens Fellowship network—including an open and direct line of communication to our programs founders, mentors, host companies, and supporters—in addition to the other extraordinary and passionate women and gender minorities in our alumnae network.
Eligibility Criteria: 

  • Be an undergraduate student - You can be enrolled at any type of undergraduate institution.
  • People of your gender are underrepresented in aerospace - If you are a cisgender woman, a transgender woman, non-binary, agender, bigender, two-spirit, demigender, genderfluid, genderqueer, or another form of gender minority.
  • You are available for full-time employment for a reasonable amount of time in the Summer - a core part of this Fellowship is providing a meaningful, demanding summer internship and a living wage, and you should be available to take on that challenge.
  • You are interested in pursuing a career in aerospace - You don’t have to have it all mapped out, nor is this a binding commitment. But a career in aerospace should be among your goals for the future.
Application Process: 

Apply online at their online application portal. You will need:

  • Your latest résumé or CV
  • Your latest school transcript.
  • Two letters of recommendation (these can be from anyone except Brooke Owens Fellows):
    • One letter that focuses on your achievements, skills, and potential in achievement-oriented settings like jobs, classes, labs, certain clubs or extracurricular activities, and more.
    • One letter that focuses on your character, creativity, and consistency in service-oriented settings like clubs, religious groups, family groups, and more.
  • Two original works:
    • Long essay: Your first work will be a long essay of approximately 750 words. The long essay prompts are:
      • Engineers often focus on one part of the engineering lifecycle: design, test, build, or operate. Your CV gives us some insight into which of these you’ve already done; but which do you want to focus on more next summer, and why?
      • During a summer internship, would you prefer to broaden or to deepen your technical/ professional skillset? Which specific skill would you most like to grow, and why?
      • What’s the biggest thing you ever screwed up? What did you learn from it?
      • How can non-STEM professionals (business, policy, communications, et cetera) – perhaps including you! – best contribute to teams, missions, or causes in a STEM-dominated field like aerospace?
      • What is the biggest thing the aerospace industry is missing, and how will you or others fill that gap?
      • Imagine a friend has an idea for a new aerospace start-up and asks for your help developing the idea, raising funding, and getting started. Assuming you believe in the potential of the idea, how would you help?
    • Multimedia essay: the only limitations are: no physical submissions via snail mail or any other means; no software that isn’t more or less universally and freely available should be required to review your submission; and a member of the selection committee or a hiring manager at one of the Host Institutions must be able to review your submission within a five-minute window. Also try to keep the file size for your submissions below 250 MB.
      • GPAs and college transcripts don’t paint a complete picture of a person. What else do we need to know about you?
      • What is a significant sacrifice you’ve made to help someone else?
      • If you have ever applied to the Brooke Owens Fellowship before, what do you think is the biggest way you have changed or grown since your last application?
      • What specific contributions do you think you could make to a group of similarly talented, passionate, and driven gender minorities in aerospace over the course of the next twelve months?
      • In what specific way(s) do you want your work in the aerospace community to make life better for others?
      • There are many valuable things in life that aren’t taught in the classroom. Which non-traditional talent, passion, skill, or trait do you think has most developed you as a student or as a professional?

For more information on applying and all details about the process, the Brooke Owens Fellowship does ask all applicants to review their ‘Apply’ page.

Nomination Required?: 


Areas of Interest:

Late December
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