THANKS FOR APPLYING!
APPLICATIONS TO JOIN OUR CLASS OF 2019 WERE DUE BY NOVEMBER 7, 2018. THANKS TO ALL WHO SUBMIT APPLICATIONS!
For you students of history, and for those of you getting a really early head start on applying to join our Class of 2020, here is the full text of our application page as it looked before our deadline!
We use an online application form. Before you submit your form, you'll want to create some original material, gathering some existing documentation, and peruse our website to decide what type of match you'd like best from our among our amazing Host institutions. Once you've done all of that, you can use the link at the bottom of this page to submit your materials. Having already done all the hard work, the actual submission process should just take you a few minutes.
Before you start the submission process, there are several things you should have already done.
TL;DR: HERE's The Checklist of Everything You'LL Need TO APPLY
A current résumé
A current transcript (unofficial is okay for now, if your college or university charges you to send an official one)
At least two and no more than four people willing to send in a letter of recommendation (at least one of whom must be a a professor or faculty member at your college university)
One original, written essay responding to one of our prompts.
One original 'multimedia essay' responding to a different one of our prompts
If you’d like, one additional essay, which can be written or multimedia, and which should also respond to one of our prompts.
Things to Create
Transcripts and resumes are useful sources of information – but we find it more useful to learn about our candidates by asking them to create. Accordingly, as part of our application, we require you create a minimum of two original works: a relatively traditional written essay (fewer than 1,000 words), plus something that we've named the 'multimedia essay' – which is a response to one of the prompts that takes essentially any format that isn't a written prose essay. Your multimedia response can come in any of a variety of forms; feel free to choose the media that best reflects you, your interests, and your talents. Past Fellows have submitted poems, animations, written works of fiction, spoken word pieces, songs, graphic designs, comic books, and video monologues. We would, of course, love to be surprised. Please make sure whatever you send us is in a format that our selection committee members will be able to access without needing special software.
If you are so inclined, you can optionally submit a third essay as well; this optional third essay can be written prose or some other media. Feel free to mix and match media types. For example, you could submit one video and one audio file to go along with your required written essay.
All responses should be original works, created by you specifically for this program. Though you are welcome to excerpt your own work from past homework assignments or similar, please ensure you have crafted a response that specifically addresses one of the prompts below.
Each of your essays--whether prose or multimedia--should specifically respond to one of the prompts below. We do not recommend you respond to the same prompt in more than one of your submissions.
GPAs and college transcripts don’t paint a complete picture of a person. What else do we need to know about you?
What’s the biggest thing you’ve ever screwed up? What did you learn from it?
Not everyone loves aviation or space exploration as much as we do. What do you do when confronted by a person—perhaps a family member or a childhood friend—who doesn’t get why you are so excited about aerospace?
In what specific way(s) do you want your work in the aerospace community to make life better for others?
What is a significant sacrifice you’ve made to help a family member, classmate, or colleague?
What is the most complex problem you have ever solved? How did you solve it?
A classmate of yours 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?
If you had to choose one, would you rather design a new airplane, build it, test it, or fly it once operational?
If you were given fifteen minutes to present to the National Space Council, how would you use it?
Imagine you are in a meeting. You’ve got an idea that you believe in, but the group doesn’t seem to be hearing it. How would you react?
Things to Decide
One unique aspect of the Brooke Owens Fellowship Program is the way we match Fellows to jobs. You are probably used to applying to specific openings at specific companies or organizations, but that's not how we work. Instead, we gather an enormous volume of data from both hosts and applicants and then use that to suggest specific pairings.
To do this, we'll need several inputs from you to help us understand what would make the most successful summer possible. On the application form, you'll notice that we ask you to rank a bunch of different job attributes—for example, do you care more about a company's culture or its mission? Are you looking for a specific set of experiences, or to be exposed to new things?
We will also indicate which of our host institutions appeal to you the most. Please keep in mind that you will be considered for matches will all of our hosts, not just the ones you indicate—and indeed, some of our greatest success stories have come from Fellows paired with companies they had never even heard of prior to applying.
Soon, we'll post more detail about the specific matches available at each of our host companies. For now, check out the list of companies below, and keep in mind that we have openings available for jobs in engineering, science, business, policy, journalism, and education and outreach!.
|HOST INSTITUTION||LIKELY LOCATION(S)||CITIZENSHIP ELIGIBILITY||AVIATION OR SPACE?||POTENTIAL DISCIPLINE(S)|
|Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA)||Herndon, VA||Only US Citizens or Permanent Residents||Aviation||Engineering, Policy and Regulation, Industry Analysis|
|Amazon Prime Air||Seattle, WA||Only US Citizens or Permanent Residents||Aviation||Engineering|
|Astranis Space Technologies||San Francisco, CA||Only US Citizens or Permanent Residents||Space||Engineering|
|Avascent||Washington, DC||Only US Citizens||Space||Industry Analysis|
|Ball Aerospace||Washington, DC or Boulder, CO||Only US Citizens or Permanent Residents||Both||Engineering, Policy and Regulation, Business Development, Industry Analysis, Fundraising / Investor Support, Communications / PR, Science|
|Blue Origin||Kent, WA||Only US Citizens, Permanent Residents, or lawful Refugees||Space||Engineering, Business Development|
|Bryce Space and Technology||Alexandria, VA or London, England||-||Space||Engineering, Policy and Regulation, Business Development, Industry Analysis, Operations, Communications / PR|
|Center for Strategic and International Studies||Washington, DC||-||Both||Policy and Regulation|
|DigitalGlobe||Westminster, CO or Herndon, VA||Only US Citizens||Space||Engineering, Computer Science|
|Generation Orbit||Atlanta, GA||Only US Citizens or Permanent Residents||Space||Engineering, Business Development, Industry Analysis, Fundraising / Investor Support, Operations, Communications / PR, Computer Science|
|HawkEye 360||Herndon, VA||Only US Citizens or Permanent Residents||Space||Engineering, Business Development, Operations|
|Kitty Hawk||California or New Zealand||US Citizens, Permanent Residents, or anyone with valid work permit||Aviation||Engineering|
|Made in Space||Jacksonville, FL or Moffett Field, CA||Only US Citizens or Permanent Residents||Space||Engineering, Business Development, Operations|
|Mojave Air and Space Port||Mojave, CA||Only US Citizens||Both||Policy and Regulation, Business Development, Industry Analysis, Operations|
|NASA||Greenbelt, MD||Only US Citizens||Both||Science Journalism, Multimedia, Social Media|
|Northrop Grumman Innovation Systems||Dulles, VA or Gilbert, AZ||Only US Citizens or Permanent Residents||Space||Engineering, Industry Analysis, Operations, Communications / PR, Computer Science|
|Planet||San Francisco, CA||-||Space||Engineering|
|Radiant Solutions||Herndon, VA||Only US Citizens||Space||Engineering, Computer Science|
|Rocket Lab||Huntington Beach, CA or Auckland, New Zealand||Only US Citizens||Space||Engineering, Policy and Regulation, Business Development|
|Scaled Composites||Mojave, CA||Only US Citizens||Both||Engineering|
|Sierra Nevada Corp||Louisville, CO||Only US Citizens||Space||Engineering|
|Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum||Washington, DC or Dulles, VA||-||Both||Science, Education|
|Space Angels||New York, NY||-||Space||Policy and Regulation, Industry Analysis, Fundraising / Investor Support, Communications / PR|
|SpaceX||Los Angeles, CA; Cape Canaveral, FL; Redmond, WA; McGregor, TX; or Vanderberg AFB, CA||Only US Citizens or Permanent Residents||Space||Engineering|
|Spire||San Francisco, CA; Glasgow, Scotland; Luxembourg; Boulder, CO||-||Space||Engineering, Communications / PR|
|Stealth Space||Alameda, CA||Only US Citizens||Space||Engineering|
|Stratolaunch||Seattle, WA or Mojave, CA||Only US Citizens||Both||Engineering|
|The Aerospace Corporation||El Segundo, CA or Chantilly, VA||Only US Citizens||Space||Engineering, Policy and Regulation, Computer Science|
|The Spaceship Company||Mojave, CA||Only US Citizens or Permanent Residents||Both||Engineering|
|Virgin Galactic||Mojave, CA or Las Cruces, NM||Only US Citizens or Permanent Residents||Space||Engineering, Policy and Regulation, Business Development, Operations, Communications / PR, Science|
|Virgin Orbit||Long Beach, CA or Mojave, CA||Only US Citizens or Permanent Residents||Both||Engineering, Business Development|
|XPRIZE||Culver City, CA||Only US Citizens or Permanent Residents||Both||Policy and Regulation, Business Development, Industry Analysis, Fundraising / Investor Support, Operations, Communications / PR|
ThingS to Gather
When you submit your application using the form below, it will ask you to attach a copy of your resume and a current transcript from your college or university.
Additionally, have two to four letters of recommendation sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. At least one of these letters must be from a faculty member at your college or university.
Please encourage your letter of recommendation authors to address some or all of the following questions: How is your coursework or work experience to date related to the aerospace industry? What is the likelihood that you will pursue a full-time career in aviation or space exploration? How would becoming a Brooke Owens Fellow benefit you? What characteristics make you well suited for the Brooke Owens Fellowship program? What value would you bring to the Fellowship program and to your classmates?
Additionally, we would appreciate it if the authors of your letters could submit the letters as PDFs, with the following filename convention: 2019BOF_CandidateLastname_RecommenderLastname.pdf
All of the above must be received by the application deadline.