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Space Systems Architecture Engineer, 2019 Undergraduate Intern

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Filter by Date: Feb 4, 2019

Filter by Location: Chantilly, CA, US, 20151

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 44609 

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 Systems Architecture Engineer Undergraduate Intern for an internship opportunity. This position will be located in Chantilly, VA. 

The qualified candidate will become part of the Space Architecture Department which provides system-level, architecture-level, and cross-portfolio engineering and program assessment analyses of space systems and launch systems, collaborating with other organizations across Aerospace as needed, for NASA and National Security Space (NSS) programs. The department manages the System Architecture Team and Human Spaceflight Team, two of six Concept Design Center (CDC) teams, and supports the other four CDC teams as needed. The department manages several programmatic and cost assessment capabilities, in coordination with other Aerospace cost experts, and is developing a more comprehensive and integrated Model-Based System Engineering (MBSE) analysis capability. The department also supports detailed launch vehicle performance assessments as needed in concert with its launch architecture analysis capability. 



  • Space Systems Architecture Engineer will plan and perform technical systems engineering within the Space Architecture Department 
  • Participate in a broad range of architecture-level design activities to support our NSS, civil and commercial customers 
  • Emphasis will be on development and evaluation of innovative and cost-effective space systems architectures, concepts, and performance 
  • Specific activities include: 
    • Participate in multi-disciplinary study teams 
    • Provide independent assessments in support to readiness events 
    • Identify and assess technical risk 
    • Support End-to-End modeling activities 
    • Closely collaborate with other Aerospace personnel within the Architecture and Design Subdivision (ADS) 
    • May also work with the NSS, civil and commercial customers to identify top-level requirements and develop pre-acquisition architectures that will drive new systems of systems 
    • Prepare reports, develop briefings, and present recommendations to customers and Aerospace management. 


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.



  • Currently enrolled at an accredited college/university degree program pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Aerospace Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Astrophysic or related program
  • 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
  • Familiarity with spacecraft, payloads, ground systems, and launch systems are all preferred. 
  • Good interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively with customers, Aerospace program offices and contractors 
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills 
  • Ability to manage multiple simultaneous tasks, and be flexible and adaptable to changes in tasking 
  • Knowledge of space architecture conceptual design, analysis, and concurrent engineering techniques, or Systems engineering experience 


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.

Transcript Requirement

Transcripts are required for this position. 


Additional Requisition Details

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.

All Aerospace employees working in organizations with technical responsibilities are required to apply for and maintain at least a Secret clearance.  U.S. citizenship is required for those positions.

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 poster and the supplement, as well as the Pay Transparency Policy Statement

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