2020 Space Situational Awareness Graduate Intern

The Aerospace Corporation - Chantilly, VA

Full-time | Temporary | Internship
All Locations: Chantilly, VA (Virginia)

A trusted partner. A national resource. A leader in national security space. We are THE Aerospace Corporation. A team that takes pride in our readiness to solve some of the most complex technical challenges in existence. With challenges spanning government to commercial, you’ll have the unique opportunity to work on projects that are literally evolving our nation's space and launch capabilities. We all share a common passion and aspiration – to serve a mission much bigger than ourselves. When you join our team, you’ll be part of a rare collection of thought leaders and game-changing innovators. Are you ready to launch your career?

The Aerospace Corporation is seeking a Space Situational Awareness Graduate Intern for an internship opportunity. This position will be located in Chantilly, VA.

The qualified candidate will become part of the Mission Analysis and Operations Department. The internship will focus on space situational awareness topics, for example, orbital debris, satellite reentry, and collision avoidance.


Work with department staff as part of the project team(s).
Tasking will vary during the internship and may include multiple, simultaneous projects.
Apply in-house or custom-developed analysis tools as necessary.
Develop new analysis tools and techniques as necessary.
Participates with an interdisciplinary team in ongoing research or technical programs with academic collaboration partners.
Applies standard techniques and procedures to carry out a series of prescribed scientific and/or engineering tasks.
Training and mentorship will be provided.
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
Demonstrated flexibility and ability to adapt to changing organizational need
Effective interpersonal skills to coordinate efforts and work with other internal and external organizations
Demonstrates behavior that is consistent with the company’s values of Dedication to Mission Success, Technical Excellence, Commitment to Our People, Integrity, and Objectivity


Bachelor's degree completed and currently enrolled at an accredited college/university degree program pursuing a Master's or Ph.D. degree in Aerospace Engineering or related discipline
Aptitude in astrodynamics and related mathematics is required.
Aptitude and demonstrated skills in the development and use of computer tools required.
Dependability and good interpersonal skills are required.
Ability to take direction and work independently is critical, coupled with intuition to know when to ask for help.
Demonstrated skills in documentation and presentation of results, a written sample is required.
Experience with Microsoft Office applications (Word, PowerPoint, and Excel)
Minimum GPA 3.0
Must be able to obtain a security clearance
US Citizenship required


GPA 3.5 or higher
Active security clearance
Experience in space situational awareness topics such as orbital debris, satellite reentry and/or collision avoidance is desired.

Temporary housing assistance is not available.

The Aerospace Corporation functions as the nation’s independent testing, assessment, and research center for national security space systems, specializing in advanced military space systems. Aerospace offers summer internship positions at our headquarters in El Segundo, California, and our campuses in Chantilly, Virginia, Colorado and New Mexico to give students the opportunity to work in the scientific, technical, or administrative areas of the company.

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Additional Requisition Details

System Job Title: MTS INTERN REQ

Clearance Requirement: None

Access: None

Polygraph: None

Employment Type: Intern

Work Schedule: Full Time

Company Statement

The Aerospace Corporation has provided independent technical and scientific research, development, and advisory services to national security space programs since 1960. We operate a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) for the United States Air Force and the National Reconnaissance Office, and support all national security space programs. We also apply more than 50 years of experience with space systems to provide critical solutions to technologically complex systems in such areas as communications, shipping, law enforcement, and cyber, among others.

From our inception, our highly skilled technical staff has focused on ensuring the success of every mission and developing the most effective and economic space-related hardware and software in the world. Our greatest asset is the technical expertise of our people. Our state-of-the-art laboratory facilities are staffed by some of the leading scientists in the world.

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 ieo.mailbox@aero.org. You can also review The Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law poster and the supplement, as well as the Pay Transparency Policy Statement.

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