Now accepting applications for the
Matthew Isakowitz Fellowship Program’s
Class of 2020!

Applications are due by Monday, December 2, 2019.

Please read all of the information below before applying.


  • September 9, 2019:  Application period opens

  • December 2, 2019:  Applications due

  • January 31, 2020:  Fellow selection & placements completed

  • February 2020:  Fellows paired with mentors

  • May/June 2020:  Fellows begin summer internship

  • July 2020:  Fellowship Program Summit takes place

  • August 2020:  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 earned an engineering or science 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 have to complete only the single online application (available at the button at the top of this page) 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 11:59 PST on Monday, December 2, 2019 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 let us know at

Further details:

Your résumé should be no more than two pages in length and include your current GPA. 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 directly to (by you or your recommender, with your name in the subject line) OR submitted by you as part of your electronic application (you will see an “Upload” option on the form). At least one of these letters must be from a faculty member at your university. Please encourage the authors of your letters of recommendation to address 1) how your coursework or work experience to date has related to commercial space, and 2) why you are a good candidate for this specific 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 will be the next giant leap in space technology from the private sector and why?

    • You are testifying before Congress for a hearing focused on the biggest barriers for the commercial space industry. What would be your opening remarks?

    • Elon Musk, in a discussion with our 2019 Fellows, stated that starting a company is like “eating glass and staring into the abyss.” Thankfully, you have the stomach for this kind of business. What start-up idea would drive you into starting a business and why?

  3. In 800 words or less, please answer the following: Why are you excited and passionate 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 30 minute video chat interviews to assess their passion.

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, 2020. Fellows begin their work term in May/June.


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

We look forward to receiving your application by December 2, 2019! Ad Astra.