Business Operations Internship

Location: Pasadena, CA
DreamJob Description


New ideas are all around us, but only a few will change the world. That's our focus at JPL. We ask the biggest questions, then search the universe for answers—literally. We build upon ideas that have guided generations, then share our discoveries to inspire generations to come. Your mission—your opportunity—is to seek out the answers that bring us one step closer. If you're driven to discover, create, and inspire something that lasts a lifetime and beyond, you're ready for JPL.

Located in Pasadena, California, JPL has a campus-like environment situated on 177 acres in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and offers a work environment unlike any other: we inspire passion, foster innovation, build collaboration, and reward excellence.


We have an exciting opportunity for a business student to join the Business Administration team supporting the Mechanical Systems Engineering, Fabrication & Test Division. As a Part-Time Intern supporting the Mechanical Systems Engineering, Fabrication & Test Division, you will assist with business operations including financial budgets, analytical assessments, forecasting, trend analysis, workforce planning, acquisitions, facilities, and property management. Will prepare and learn to present the monthly/quarterly service center reports to section and division management­­­­­­. Will open and assist with maintaining service orders, routers, uploads, and correct failed transactions. Collaborate with the service center team on business process improvements. Support Section ad-hoc assignments.

Your Responsibilities Include

  • Identify and routinely use the most effective, cost efficient and best business practices to execute processes; continually evaluates their effectiveness and appropriateness.
  • Exercise judgment in planning, organizing and performing work; monitors performance and reports status within area of responsibility.
  • Assure that quality of services meets internal and external customer
  • May represent organization and resolve problems/determine priorities related to the above.
  • Responsible for a variety of general administrative activities to assist, coordinate, and perform aspects of logistics, acquisitions, shipping and finance for organizations of the Laboratory. Maintain, collate, assemble and prepare a variety of information, reports and records; may assist with coordination of organizational projects and/or collection of related information.
  • Run and create standard reports using a variety of software programs.
  • Scan inventory items and updates inventory database (manual or electronic).
  • Must be currently enrolled at least half-time at an accredited college or university pursuing a Bachelors degree in Business Administration, Accounting, Finance or related discipline.
  • Must be able to work a minimum of 8 hours per week, with a maximum of 30 hours per week while in school.
  • Must have minimum cumulative 3.0 out of 4.0 GPA.
  • Knowledge in one or more of the following areas: business administration, finance, budgeting, workforce planning, computer science, acquisitions and human resources.
  • Completed coursework with exposure to standard principals, theories concepts and techniques in business, accounting, financial analysis, forecasting/trend analysis, budgeting and reporting.
  • Proficient Microsoft Office skills (Word, Excel [pivot tables, macros, advanced functions], PowerPoint, Access, Outlook).
  • A self-starter with the ability to work independently and apply judgment in planning, prioritizing, and completing tasks.
  • Ability to work in a collaborative team environment.
  • Strong customer service, philosophy, background, and utmost professionalism in interfacing with all levels of personnel.
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
Desired Skills
  • Prior internship experience in related business areas.
  • Ability to perform routine tasks with a creative and enthusiastic approach
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Formed in 1936, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory helped open the Space Age by developing America's first Earth-orbiting science satellite, creating the first successful interplanetary spacecraft, and sending robotic missions to the solar system. Today JPL continues its world-leading innovation, implementing programs in planetary exploration, Earth science, space-based astronomy and technology development, while applying its capabilities to technical and scientific problems of national significance. Above all, we are explorers. At JPL we promote collaboration, innovation, integrity, and excellence in distinct academic areas. We turn ideas for science investigation into the reality of groundbreaking space missions, partnering with our strategic business teams to guide JPL into the future. Explorers wanted.

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