Intern - Engineering, Physics or Materials

  • General Atomics and Affiliated Companies
  • San Diego, CA, USA
  • Sep 10, 2019
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General Atomics (GA), and its affiliated companies, is one of the world’s leading resources for high-technology systems development ranging from the nuclear fuel cycle to remotely piloted aircraft, airborne sensors, and advanced electric, electronic, wireless and laser technologies.

General Atomics Inertial Fusion Technology (IFT) division designs, manufactures and characterized first-of-a-kind precision components in support of the national labs, fusion and science technologies. Components are manufactured and measured on a variety of highly-specialized and precise equipment and are often millimeter in scale with micron-sized features and tolerances.

We currently have an exciting internship opportunity in our Inertial Fusion Technology (IFT) division at General Atomics in support of the capsule and foam fabrication, characterization, metrology and of precision components.

The capsule and foam group in IFT is a lead fabricator of precision components in support of fusion ignition experiments at the national labs. Undergraduate students studying Engineering, Materials Science, Physics or related major from an accredited university are encouraged to apply.


  • Works under general supervision in the IFT Capsule and Foam Group to fabricate and characterize precision components.
  • Performs dimensional inspection on precision components utilizing metrology tools such as microscopes, surface profilometers, optical coordinate measuring microscopes, and x-ray imaging techniques.
  • Supports staff in other areas related to inertial fusion technology and target fabrication.
  • Participates in the day-to-day activities of the assigned functional area assisting in the completion of advanced tasks and problem-solving.
  • Communicates and presents on results of assigned projects.
  • Expected to work in a safe manner in accordance with established operating procedures and practices.
  • Performs other duties as assigned or required.

Job Qualifications

  • Typically requires enrollment as an undergraduate or graduate student at a recognized college or university.
  • Must have at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA.
  • Engineering, Materials Science, Physics or related major preferred
  • Ability to learn and use complex and technical equipment.
  • Communication skills necessary to write and record precise information as well as interface with staff in a professional environment.
  • US Citizenship required.

Experience level of the applicant we want

Undergraduate, College / Sixth form, High School