Paid internships and executive mentorship for exceptional undergraduate women in aerospace.

Work at the coolest companies, doing the most meaningful things. Connect directly with the leaders of today's industry. Build a network that will launch you to the career of your dreams.


Our Mission

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


The Brooke Owens Fellow Experience

Brooke Owens Fellows are selected for their talent, their experience to date, their commitment to service, and their creativity. Their experience in the program is designed to help them grow in each of those areas, turning promising students into thriving leaders. The Brooke Owens Fellow experience is highlighted by the following four elements: 


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.


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.


During the summer, all 36 Fellows come together for the Brooke Owens Fellowship 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.


By earning her 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 in our alumni network.



The Brooke Owens Fellowship Program was founded by three close friends of Brooke—Lori Garver, Cassie Kloberdanz Lee, and William Pomerantz— who each hold senior positions in the aerospace industry. The program was grown and nurtured with the input, assistance, guidance, and encouragement from countless more aerospace leaders whose lives were improved by knowing Brooke.

Our program was created in 2017. We are still amazed at how smoothly and how successfully our first year went--which is a testament both to Brooke's legacy and to the clear need, felt industry-wide, to do more to recruit, retain, and train women in to the aerospace field. Our friends at the The Future Space Leaders Foundation, a tax-exempt 501(c)3 non-profit dedicated to the career development of young space and satellite industry professionals, gave us some organizational support need to get started immediately, and our incredible host companies took a leap of faith to support a new and unprecedented program. We started with an initial stretch goal of a dozen Fellows and a dozen Hosts Institutions, but were able to quickly and dramatically exceed that, resulting in a class of thirty-six remarkable Fellows matched into positions at twenty-four hosts across the USA. Our inaugural class of Fellows exceeded all expectations, and have since been recognized with a variety of awards, scholarships, and full-time job offers.

We are a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization. The program is still run by our three founders, with the help of a network of volunteer coordinators and mentors. All donations we receive receive go directly to recruiting and supporting our Fellows, and are tax deductible to the legal limit as allowed by the IRS.



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