Intern - RF Engineering at Planet
San Francisco, CA, US
Welcome to Planet. We believe in using space to help life on Earth.

Planet’s mission is to image the whole world every day and make global change visible, accessible and actionable.

Planet builds compact satellites and has launched the largest fleet of satellites in history to do this. We control every component of hardware design and manufacturing, so our office is a truly inspiring mix of experts from a variety of domains.

With our humble beginnings in a Cupertino garage, to a scrappy team of engineers hacking our initial satellite builds, we now find ourselves with brand new technology and market traction for our revolutionary web-based platform. Customers now have insight into the massive data we are collecting from space as well as the opportunity to perform advanced analytics and solve difficult problems with new insights.

We have a people-centric approach toward culture and community and we are iterating in a way that puts our team members first and prepares our company for growth. Be a part of our mission and help build a company that is changing the world.

The Role:

Here at Planet Labs, we launch spacecraft early and often. From tech demos to operational constellations, we're designing, manufacturing and launching record-breaking numbers of spacecraft. Exceptional interns are needed for design, prototyping and testing of RF transceivers and software defined radios.


Design prototype radios using COTS transceivers for the next generation Dove spacecraft
COTS component selection and breadboard testing
Board bringup and design validation
Work with EE and ME to integrate designs for tech demo flight
Must Haves:

Must have completed at minimum 3 years in a GRADUATE degree program or possess an MS or PhD in EE/CS/Physics
Knowledge of communication system theory and design, RF fundamentals, signal processing algorithm development, and digital to analog conversion systems
Experience with RF transceivers and software defined radios
Familiarity with RF test equipment such as spectrum and network analyzers
Experience with Matlab, Python, or C/C++
Nice to Haves:

Experience with communication systems design
Hands on RF PCB layout and board bringup
Experience with FPGA and embedded programming

Some press about us:

Our CEO, Will Marshall's Dreamforce Talk

"A Tech Start-Up Just Restored My Faith in Humanity" by Kevin Roose, NY Magazine

"A Start-Up Provides a Picture of Our Shape-Shifting Planet" by Quentin Hardy, NYTimes Bits

Join Us:

Planet is headquartered in San Francisco, California, Earth. If you are feeling inspired, check out our website and apply. Be sure to include a cover letter to let us know why you think you’d be a good fit and feel free to mention anyone you have previously worked with at Planet.