2024 Small Satellite Software Undergraduate Intern

The Aerospace Corporation
El Segundo, CA
Added: February 16, 2024
The Aerospace Corporation is the trusted partner to the nation’s space programs, solving the hardest problems and providing unmatched technical expertise. As the operator of a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC), we are broadly engaged across all aspects of space— delivering innovative solutions that span satellite, launch, ground, and cyber systems for defense, civil and commercial customers. When you join our team, you’ll be part of a special collection of problem solvers, thought leaders, and innovators. Join us and take your place in space.

At Aerospace, we are committed to providing an inclusive and diverse workplace for all employees to share in our common passion and aspiration – to carry out a mission much bigger than ourselves.

The Aerospace Corporation is hiring an Undergraduate Intern for an opportunity in El Segundo, California .

Job Summary

The Small Satellite Department at The Aerospace Corporation conceives, develops, and operates small satellite missions in partnership with a broad array of internal and external stakeholders. The integration and operations team within the department currently operates a constellation of more than 20 satellites launched over the last several years, with multiple vehicles scheduled for launch in the next year. The team is currently seeking a full stack developer to support the expansion of software applications used to perform satellite testing and operations.

Work Model

This position will be located 100% onsite in El Segundo, California

What You’ll Be Doing

  • Develop software libraries and applications to support satellites testing and operations
  • Perform algorithm and application optimization to support system scaling
  • Assist with software releases, deployments, and documentation
  • Assist with server infrastructure management and troubleshooting
  • Coordinate with subsystem leads to define software requirements and interfaces
  • Working collaboratively on a team and independently
  • Training and mentorship will be provided

What Corporate Skills You’ll Bring

  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Must work well in a team environment
  • Possess organizational, time management and project management skills
  • Demonstrate flexibility and ability to adapt to changing organizational need
  • Interpersonal skills to coordinate efforts and work with other internal and external organizations

Minimum Requirements

What You Need to be Successful

  • Currently enrolled fulltime in an accredited college/university program pursing a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mathematics or a related discipline
  • Sophomore class standing completed by internship start date
  • Experience with Python and C/C++
  • Experience with web development, system programing, and REST frameworks
  • This position requires the eligibility to obtain a security clearance, which is issued by the U.S. government. U. S. citizenship is required to obtain a clearance.
  • Transcripts required

How You Can Stand Out

It would be impressive if you have one or more of these:

  • GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • Active security clearance
  • Experience with ReactJS, Bootstrap, and Python web frameworks (Django, Flask, …)
  • Experience with MySQL, InfluxDB, and Elasticsearch
  • Familiarity with containerization platforms such as Docker
  • Experience with server administration

Temporary housing assistance is not available.

We offer a competitive compensation package where you’ll be rewarded based on your performance and recognized for the value you bring to our business. The grade-based pay range for this job is listed below. Individual salaries within that range are determined through a wide variety of factors including but not limited to education, experience, knowledge and skills.

(Min - Mid - Max)

$26.00 - $28.00 - $30.00

Pay Basis: Hourly

Leadership Competencies

Our leadership philosophy is simple: every employee, regardless of level and role, can demonstrate leadership. At Aerospace, our commitment is our people. To cultivate our talent and ensure that we have a strong pipeline of future leaders, we want individuals who:

  • Operate Strategically
  • Lead Change
  • Engage with Impact
  • Foster Innovation
  • Deliver Results

Ways We Reward Our Employees

During your interview process, our team will provide details of our industry-leading benefits.

Benefits vary and are applicable based on Job Type. A few highlights include:

  • Comprehensive health care and wellness plans
  • Paid holidays, sick time, and vacation
  • Standard and alternate work schedules, including telework options
  • 401(k) Plan — Employees receive a total company-paid benefit of 8%, 10%, or 12% of eligible compensation based on years of service and matching contributions; employees are immediately eligible and vested in the plan upon hire
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • Variable pay program for exceptional contributions
  • Relocation assistance
  • Professional growth and development programs to help advance your career
  • Education assistance programs
  • An inclusive work environment built on teamwork, flexibility, and respect

We are all unique, from diverse backgrounds and all walks of life, yet one thing bonds all of us to each other—the belief that we can make a difference. This core belief empowers us to do our best work at The Aerospace Corporation.

Equal Opportunity Commitment

The Aerospace Corporation is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. We believe that a diverse workforce creates an environment in which unique ideas are developed and differing perspectives are valued, producing superior customer solutions. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, age, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, and related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or expression, color, religion, genetic information, marital status, ancestry, national origin, protected veteran status, physical disability, medical condition, mental disability, or disability status and any other characteristic protected by state or federal law. If you’re an individual with a disability or a disabled veteran who needs assistance using our online job search and application tools or need reasonable accommodation to complete the job application process, please contact us by phone at 310.336.5432 or by email at You can also review Know Your Rights: Workplace Discrimination is Illegal, as well as the Pay Transparency Policy Statement.