The company SpaceX has a certain mystique: a founder who builds electric cars; rockets that self-land; a privately-funded spacecraft that became the first to supply the International Space Station. Soon, astronauts will hitch a ride on SpaceX's Dragon spaceships as well.
Wouldn't it be a dream come true to work there? Get in line.
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The internship program alone had enough applications to fill a stadium last year -- that's 39,000 people. Luckily for the applicants, HR manager Brian Bjelde (also SpaceX employee No. 14) recently took to Reddit to give his tips for getting into the company and helping it get to Mars someday.
"We know that in rocket engineering, there are millions of ways for a rocket to fail and only one way for it to work right. We're looking for great people who will help us to try, fail, try again, and ultimately succeed," Bjelde wrote.
"One of the key enablers of getting to Mars is producing super safe and reliable rockets and with that in mind we've created some hard core engineering departments with specific focus on ensuring we've designed in reliability, that we produced hardware reliably and repeatably, and that we've considered all the system impacts that can affect reliability of the mission."