2022 Digital Communications Undergraduate Intern
El Segundo, CA 
Posted 15 days ago
Job/Internship Description

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.

We remain committed to maintaining a safe environment for hiring as we look forward to the future of work. Click for information on Aerospace's COVID-19 directives and safety procedures implemented to keep our workplace safe.

The Aerospace Corporation is hiring a underraduate-level DSP/GNSS Engineering Intern for an opportunity located in El Segundo, CA.

In this role, you will become part of the Digital Communications Implementation Department (DCID). DCID uses Software Defined Radios and FPGA technology to analyze, design, implement and cutting edge communications systems & waveforms.We conduct our own research and development in addition to evaluating existing systems. We also look for innovative ways to use existing communications satellites. The Wireless & Navigation Section focuses on matters relating to GNSS signals & concepts. Join us on the leading edge of digital communications development.

We are looking for curious minds currently studying Electrical Engineering (or CE, or CS, or similar) to come work with our Team. Candidate should be eager to explore modern techniques and unconventional methods for algorithm design and problem solving. Accepted interns will pursue at least two projects while being mentored by department staff, with a final briefing delivered upon completion of the internship.

Key Functions

  • Implement, test and evaluatenew communications concepts

  • Test hardware including GNSS Receivers/Simulators and Military Communication Devices

  • Work as an individual or as a team member on analytical and experimental studies

  • Document work products in briefings and/or technical reports to customers and colleagues

  • Interface with Aerospace internal and external customers, and external contractors for the exchange of technical information

  • Candidate will work on a diverse set of projects. It is very important to be hands-on, willing to learn and be comfortable in working in an environment with engineers of diverse backgrounds and expertise

  • High motivation with proficiency to learn and carry out tasks with guidance/leadership of experienced staff

Performance standards to be successful in this internship position include:

  • Strong written and oral communication skills

  • Must work well in a team environment

  • Must possess strong 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

  • Demonstrate behavior that is consistent with the company's values of Dedication to Mission Success, Technical Excellence, Commitment to Our People, Objectivity and Integrity, and Innovation


  • Currently enrolled full time at an accredited college/university degree program pursuing an Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, or Computer Science.

  • Familiarity with one or more of the following programming languages: Python, C/C++, MATLAB, Javascript (Node.js/jQuery), or Golang.

  • Experience working within Unix/Linux programming environments.

  • Minimum GPA of 3.0

  • This position requires the ability to obtainand maintaina security clearance;which is issued by the US government. U.S citizenship is required to obtain a security clearance.

  • Transcripts required


  • GPA 3.5 or higher

  • Active security clearance

  • GNSS experience

  • Experience with signal processing, either analog or digital.

  • Interest in SDR, GNU Radio, DSP, machine learning, FPGA design, or algorithm development.

  • Previous work with robotics, amateur radio, CubeSat design, or rocketry teams.

Temporary housing assistance is not available.

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 The Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law andthe supplement, as well as the.

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, and that produces superior customer solutions. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, gender, gender identity or expression, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, or disability status.


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