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.
Internship conversion position for the Mission Analysis and Operations Department. This position will be located in Chantilly, VA.
As a member of the Mission Analysis and Operations Department (MAOD), you will provide technical capabilities to contribute to multiple focus areas of the department including general orbital analysis, mission planning, orbit determination, formation flying, proximity operations and maneuver analysis, and space protection and threat assessment. Our real-time operations support performs launch and on-orbit collision risk assessments, on-orbit breakup event analysis, trajectory planning and optimization, and deorbit/reentry analysis. Other support includes general modeling, analysis, agent-based simulation, and visualization of space systems as needed to accomplish program objectives.
This position will be a hybrid work model and offer partially remote with some onsite work required in Chantilly, VA.
What You’ll Be Doing
- Interact with other Aerospace staff; contractors; civil, commercial, and government personnel to define and address customer needs
- Apply and develop analysis tools and techniques as necessary
- Interact routinely with department staff as part of the project team(s)
- Travel occasionally (as necessary) to support customer efforts
- Duties, responsibilities and activities may change, or new ones may be assigned as needed
- 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
What You Need to be Successful
- Pursuing a Master’s or PhD in engineering, math, science or related technical discipline from an accredited college/university program and to be conferred within 12 months
- Prior internship at The Aerospace Corporation
- Minimum GPA of 3.0
- Significant aptitude with astrodynamics and related mathematics
- Skills in mathematical formulation and derivation
- Demonstrated skills in the development and use of computer software tools
- Ability to take direction and work independently with good interpersonal skills
- Must be able to obtain and maintain a security clearance issued by the US government. U.S citizenship is required to obtain a security 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
- Experience with Python, C/C++, Fortran, and/or AFSIM
- Direct experience in areas of support mentioned above
- Current and active Top-Secret Clearance (TS) with SCI access
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also review Know Your Rights: Workplace Discrimination is Illegal, as well as the Pay Transparency Policy Statement.