Thank you to all who applied for the Matthew Isakowitz Fellowship Program’s Class of 2019!

The list of 2019 Fellows has been announced here.


  • September 18, 2018:  Application period opens

  • November 30, 2018:  Applications due

  • January 31, 2019:  Fellow selection & placements completed

  • February 2019:  Fellows paired with mentors

  • May/June 2019:  Fellows begin summer internship

  • July 2019:  Fellowship Program Summit takes place

  • August 2019:  Fellows conclude summer internship


The Matthew Isakowitz Fellowship Program is open to any student who:

  • At the time of application, is a college junior, college senior, or graduate student who intends to pursue a full-time career in the commercial spaceflight industry.

    • Commercial space is broadly defined as activities in entrepreneurship, intrapreneurship, and innovation that will enable new or dramatically improved products or services that do not depend solely on government cost-plus contracting to prove viable. In its most aspiring terms, commercial space promises to alter the space industry through new business models that will open up the space frontier.

  • Has either earned an engineering degree or is working towards one at the time the Fellowship begins.

  • Has a diversity in experience and academic interests such as in engineering, science, management, business, and other related fields that can be related to commercial space.

  • Is a U.S. citizen or U.S. permanent resident (green card holder) due to export control regulations at the host companies.


Candidates will need to complete only the single online application in order to be considered for positions at all of the host companies. The application consists of the following three parts (described in detail below):

1) General Information
2) Resume, Transcript, and Two Recommendation Letters
3) Essays

All three portions of the application must be completed and submitted by Friday, November 30, 2018 to be considered for the Fellowship. Once you hit the “Submit” button on your application, you will receive an automated confirmation email. If you do not receive the automated email, your application may not have been submitted and you should email to confirm.

NOTE: You will need a gmail address in order to access the online form (most college emails are associated with gmail).
If you cannot access the form, please email

Further details:

Your résumé should be no more than two pages in length. Your transcript can be unofficial, although official transcript is required upon selection into program.


Two letters of recommendation must be submitted for your application to be complete. These can be sent separately (by you or your recommender) to OR submitted as part of your electronic application (you will see an “Upload” option). At least one of these letters must be from a faculty member at your university. Please encourage the authors of your letter of recommendation to also address how your coursework or work experience to date has related to commercial space. We also recommend they address how you are a good candidate for this Fellowship program, given the eligibility criteria mentioned above.

Three essay responses must be submitted for your application to be complete. We ask that you upload your essay responses as a single PDF file titled, “Essay Responses [Your Full Name]”. You should have your PDF ready prior to starting the application form (as you will not be able to save and return to the form later). Here are the questions:

  1. In 350 words or less, please describe the type of company and internship work assignment you would prefer and why?

  2. Please answer ONE of the following essay questions in 350 words or less:

    • What technology will most revolutionize commercial space in the next 10 years and why?

    • You are on the Users Advisory Group for the National Space Council. You are asked to participate in one committee out of the following: exploration & discovery, national security, economic development/industrial base, technology & innovation, education & outreach, or space policy & international engagement. What committee would you choose and what policy issue would you propose the committee address?

    • You have just stepped into an elevator with an investor and lucky you, you have an idea for a commercial space start-up! What is your start-up idea, and what ‘elevator pitch’ would you give them to convince them to invest in your business?

  3. In 800 words or less, please answer the following: Why are you excited about commercial space and your current or future role in it, and why are you a strong candidate for this Fellowship?


All completed applications are reviewed by the Matthew Isakowitz Fellowship Selection Committee, with the most highly qualified candidates being selected for telephone interviews.

Following this process, finalists are selected and offered to the host companies for consideration. Ultimately, each host company will select a Fellow from among the final applicant pool.

The Matthew Isakowitz Fellowship Program will then complete the placement by notifying each Fellow of their acceptance by January 31, 2019. Fellows will begin their work term in May/June 2019.


If you have any questions about the application, please email us at