READY TO JOIN THE BROOKIE FAMILY? WE ARE NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR OUR CLASS OF 2020!
APPLICATION DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 12, 2019
HOW IT WORKS
Our application process is, shall we say, a little different. We require the things you’d normally submit for a job or school application, but we also have a few unique requirements designed to help us identify the best possible candidates from all backgrounds. Because of those unique requirements, you will definitely want to read through this page and then the subsequent link thoroughly.
We use an online application form. Before you even begin filling out your form, you'll need to create some original material, gather some existing documentation, and give some thought to what type of summer would best suit you. Once you've done all of that, you can use the link at the bottom of this page to submit your materials. If you’ve followed that suggestion and done that work in advance, 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).
A total of three letters of recommendation, addressing specific aspects of your candidacy (details below).
Three original works responding to three of our prompts (details below).
WHAT’S CHANGED FROM LAST YEAR?
Are you a returning applicant? Awesome—we love to hear from applicants again, and experience can offer you a leg up on your second (or even third) time around. But be advised: a few things have changed from last year. After preparing a thorough diversity report, we’ve made a few tweaks designed to further eliminate unconscious bias. Here are the main things to keep an eye out for as you review the application to join the Class of 2020:
In the past, we required two original works, and allowed an optional third work. This year, we require three original works in response to three prompts from our list (details below).
Previously, all of the original works were responding to the same list of potential prompts. Now, there are three separate categories of prompts, and you must answer one from each.
Applicants in previous years were required to submit two letters of recommendation, but could elect to submit one or two additional letters if desired. Now, all applicants must submit three — no more, no fewer.
The three letters are now required to focus on different areas of your candidacy.
You can now submit your application form and then come back later to rank your preferences for our various Host Institutions. This will ensure you don’t miss out on a chance to consider all of the new hosts added while the application window is open.
Our application window is open more than a month longer than it ever has been open before.
Without further ado…
BEFORE YOU APPLY, GATHER THESE THINGS
When you submit your application using the form below, it will ask you to attach a copy of your résumé and a current transcript from your college or university. We think it is downright crazy that universities charge students money to access official transcripts; accordingly, we will accept unofficial transcripts—though it is possible that if you advance to the final stage of our selection process, our Hosts Institutions may require an official transcript. We ask that you submit both your résumé and your transcript as PDF files following a specific file nomenclature—you’ll find those details on the application form itself.
You’ll also need to find three people to write letters recommending you for our program. We ask that you solicit the following:
One letter of recommendation from someone who can speak to your ability to learn new things. You may wish to consider getting this letter from someone such as a professor, a teaching assistant, a high school teacher, or a coach.
One letter of recommendation from someone who can who can speak to your ability to contribute to projects. You may wish to consider getting this letter from someone such as a boss, a professional colleague, or a club member or advisor.
One letter of recommendation from someone who can speak to your character. You may wish to consider getting this letter from someone such as a colleague in a service organization, a mentor, or someone in the community who has firsthand knowledge of your contributions to others.
All three of these letters should be sent by their authors to firstname.lastname@example.org. We politely request that your recommenders submit their letters as PDFs, with the following filename convention: 2020BOF_CandidateLastname_CandidateFirstname_RecommenderLastname.pdf. That is to say, if a candidate named Cindi Mayweather were to receive a letter of recommendation from a person named Ellen Ripley, the file would be named “2020BOF_Mayweather_Cindi_Ripley.pdf”
All of the above must be received by the application deadline.
BEFORE YOU APPLY, DECIDE THESE THINGS
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 ask you to indicate which of our Host Institutions appeal to you the most. Please keep in mind that you will be considered for matches with 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.
We currently have a waiting list of more than 40 companies who are interested in joining the program, so it’s likely that we’ll add some additional Host Institutions between the time you first read this and the time of our application deadline. For now, we recommend you start with this list of hosts, and if you apply early, keep an eye out for an email from us allowing you to go back into the system to change your preferences. Another unique aspect to the Fellowship is that we make placements for Fellows in such a wide variety of jobs: our Brookies take on jobs in engineering as well as in science, business, policy, journalism, education and outreach, and more!
BEFORE YOU APPLY, CREATE THESE THINGS
Transcripts and résumés 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 three original works. These three works are designed to help us learn more about three different facets of you as a potential fellow: your fundamental character and personal interests, your professional and academic interests, and your community and service-oriented interests. The more we learn about you through your application, the better!
One of these works will be an essay, like what you’ve no doubt produced before for your college applications or as part of your coursework. Another of these will be something 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—and trust us, life will be much, much easier for all of us if you keep the file size for your submissions below 250 MB. For the third submission, you can choose to submit another written essay or another multimedia essay—it’s totally up to you.
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.
SUBMISSION A – AN ESSAY ABOUT YOUR PROFESSIONAL INTERESTS
This submission must be an original essay of fewer than 1,000 words that was written by you and that responds specifically to one of the prompts listed below.
Imagine a friend 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 only one, would you rather design, build, test, or operate a new aerospace system?
What current trend in the aerospace industry gives you the most hope, excitement, or inspiration?
If you were designing a perfect aerospace program from scratch, what aspects of other companies or programs would you try to emulate? Where would you try to chart a new course entirely?
If you had the opportunity, how would you change the Brooke Owens Fellowship to make it have a greater impact on our Fellows and on the industry as a whole?
SUBMISSION B – A MULTIMEDIA ESSAY ABOUT YOUR CHARACTER AND PERSONAL INTERESTS
This submission is what we refer to as a “Multimedia Essays.” Like the written essays, these will be original works, created by our applicants in response to one of our prompts. But unlike the written essay, the form you chose to respond in is totally up to you—so long as it is not a written prose essay like your Submission A.
Please 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, dances, and video monologues. You can also mix medias, such as by sending us a photograph of an original painting along with a written description that accompanies the photograph.
We encourage you to stretch your creative muscles here, and we welcome you to use this format to show us an aspect of your personality and interests outside of aerospace.
The only limitations we have are the following: we cannot accept physical submission via snailmail 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 our selection committee or a hiring manager at one of our host companies should be able to review your submission within a five minute window.
Please respond specifically to one of the following prompts:
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?
What’s one thing you’ve always wanted to do, only you lacked the resources?
How do you think creativity shapes your personality and your career?
If you applied to the Brooke Owens Fellowship last year, what do you think is the biggest way you have changed or grown in the past year?
SUBMISSION C – AN ORIGINAL WORK ABOUT YOUR COMMUNITY INTERESTS
Your third submission can be another written essay or another multimedia essay: it’s up to you! Whichever you pick, please follow the naming scheme and the submission requirements spelled out in the application form.
Please respond specifically to one of the following prompts:
In what specific way 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 someone else?
What is something you have taught to another person that made a lasting impression—on you, on them, or on you both?
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?
Imagine you were put in charge of a new aerospace mission and given the resources to safely launch either one person or 200 kg worth of satellites to space. The goal of the mission is to do the most social good possible—however you chose to define that. How would you go about designing the mission?
FINALLY, BEFORE YOU APPLY, CONFIRM THESE THINGS
If you are going to apply, all of these things should be true.
You are an undergraduate student as of today.
You identify as a woman or as a member of another gender-minority group.
You are available for full-time employment in the summer of 2020.
You are interested in pursuing a career in aerospace (any aspect of the field).