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2018/19 Optical/Imaging Internship/Co-op

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Filter by Date: Dec 7, 2018

Filter by Location: El Segundo, CA, US, 90245

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 42936 

All Locations: Albuquerque, NM (New Mexico); Alexandria, VA (Virginia); Arlington, VA (Virginia); Asheville, NC (North Carolina); Aurora, CO (Colorado); Aurora, CO (Colorado); Boulder, CO (Colorado); Cape Canaveral, FL (Florida); Chantilly, VA (Virginia); Colorado Springs, CO (Colorado); Columbia, MD (Maryland); Crystal City, VA (Virginia); Dayton, OH (Ohio); Denver, CO (Colorado); El Segundo, CA (California) ; Fairfax, VA (Virginia); Falls Church, VA (Virginia); Greenbelt, MD (Maryland); Herndon, VA (Virginia); Hill AFB, UT (Utah); Houston, TX (Texas) ; Huntsville, AL (Alabama); Kennedy Space Center, FL (Florida); Kirtland AFB, NM (New Mexico); Los Angeles, CA (California); McGregor, TX (Texas); McLean, VA (Virginia); Offutt AFB, NE (Nebraska); Omaha, NE (Nebraska); Pasadena, CA (California); Patrick AFB, FL (Florida); Peterson AFB, CO (Colorado); Rosslyn, VA (Virginia); Schriever AFB, CO (Colorado); Silver Spring, MD (Maryland); Springfield, VA (Virginia); Suitland, MD (Maryland); Sunnyvale, CA (California); Vandenberg AFB, CA (California); Washington, DC (District of Columbia); Wright-Patterson AFB, OH (Ohio) 


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 clandestine 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 functions as the nation’s independent testing, assessment, and research center for national security space systems, specializing in advanced military space systems.  Internships and Co-ops are a key strategy in Aerospace’s college recruiting program. Aerospace offers a variety of challenging internships/co-ops for qualified candidates currently pursuing a Bachelors, Masters or Ph.D. degree in multiple Engineering disciplines. These opportunities may be part-time while attending class or full time (minimum 8-12 week commitment) in the summer. Cooperative Education opportunities are limited to participating Aerospace locations and candidates from approved university Cooperative Education programs. Work locations include but are not limited to CA, CO, VA, MD, FL, NM, and TX.

Applying to this Optical/Imaging Internship/Co-op requisition will put you in a candidate pool that will give you visibility to all college recruiters and hiring managers with Optical/Imaging internships and/or Cooperative Education opportunities nationwide.  Our recruiters are looking forward to working with you to fulfill your career goals by identifying the best opportunity for you. 


  • 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



  • Currently enrolled at an accredited college/university degree program pursuing a Bachelor's, Masters or Ph.D. degree in the following:
    • Optical Science 
    • Optics and Optoelectronics 
    • Optical Communication 
  • Experience with Microsoft Office applications (Word, PowerPoint, and Excel)
  • Must be able to obtain a security clearance
  • US Citizenship required



  • GPA 3.5 or higher 
  • Active security clearance
  • Prior internship or research experience in a related field
  • Coursework or interest in the following subjects:
    • Multi-spectral image processing and analysis
    • Optics and electro-optical systems
    • Spectroscopy

Temporary housing assistance available.

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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, gender, gender identity or expression, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, or disability status.

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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