Skip to main content

Department ofMechanical Engineering

Job/Intern Opportunities

At Plenty, we’re on a mission to give people in local communities everywhere access to the freshest, most amazing tasting produce possible and to do so in a way that’s better for the planet.

Engineers at Plenty are genuinely revolutionizing the way humans grow food and we want your help! We are seeking a Mechanical Engineering intern to develop high-volume grow lighting systems and intelligent devices to provide our plants with the optimal growing conditions to enhance flavor and nutrition. Our largest indoor vertical farm is under construction in Compton, California right now!

About the Role:

As a Mechanical Design Engineer at Plenty, you will be responsible for creating the equipment that will result in our produce looking and tasting better than anything that exists today. You will design and commission devices that are robust, efficient, and cost-effective. These systems will begin as prototypes and over time become products built in the hundreds or thousands. You will be a part of a passionate and dynamic team that is developing this new technology from the ground up and implementing it at scale.

As we are currently in the process of constructing our largest facility to date, this role will be involved in traveling to the facility in Compton, CA (near Los Angeles) to help commission our lighting systems and ensure they are working as intended.

We anticipate a 50/50 split of time during this internship for work in Compton and in South San Francisco but are flexible to your wants and needs. Travel costs to Compton will be covered by Plenty.

We have openings for two roles with flexibility on the exact dates. We want to work with you!

1. September 2021 - December 2021

2. September 2021 - March 2022

Candidates can send their resumes to


Paul Guerra
Director, Engineering

The Department of Structural Engineering at UC San Diego has been running an NSF Research Experiences Undergraduate (REU) Program titled "Designing for Safety and Safety by Design." The application for the 2021 8-week Summer Program is now open and is tentatively planned as an in-person event. The program will be held virtually if an in-person event is not possible due to COVID-19. 

2021 REU Summer Program Information:
  • Application Deadline: January 15, 2021

  • Program Dates: June 20, 2021 to August 14, 2021

  • Duration: 8 Weeks

  • Funding: $4,000 stipend + domestic round-trip travel

  • Housing: Campus housing is included (worth $2,500)

  • Note: Students traveling by car are reimbursed based on mileage (or equivalent airfare, whichever is lowest), and on-campus parking is included

Program Overview:

REU student scholars will work in pairs and be assigned - based on their interests – to work with a faculty mentor and graduate student in Structural Engineering. Students will conduct independent research while collaborating with and learning from other undergraduate and graduate students in an integrated group setting. In addition to research, students will also be immersed in a plethora of enrichment activities.

The PDF for the program can be found here: 2021 REU UCSD Summer Program Flyer, and more information can be found online at: 

Actively Hiring Part-Time and Full Time Interns

Hello Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Engineering representatives of Santa Clara University, 

I am reaching out to you from a Bay Area Aerospace startup Momentus. We design and build spacecraft that will power in-space transportation services for small satellites. We are looking for any students who would like to work for us part-time while they are taking classes. We would obviously be working around their schedule but would be providing them with hands on experience in a innovative engineering programs. 
Please let me know if there is anyone I can contact to try to get the word out about this opportunity or is there are students interested. 


National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is looking to hire intern positions under the consortium (most of the positions can be remote) and other existing projects related to Concentrating Solar Power (CSP) Program. 

Please apply through using this link:

Please contact: Guangdong Zhu, Ph.D., Phone: 303-275-4497