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Guidance and Navigation Engineer, 2019 Graduate Intern

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Filter by Date: Feb 6, 2019

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

Company: The Aerospace Corporation

Requisition ID: 44614 

All Locations: El Segundo, CA (California)  

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 is seeking a Guidance and Navigation Graduate Intern for an internship opportunity. This position will be located in El Segundo, CA.

The qualified candidate will become part of the Guidance Analysis Department (GAD), which provides the design and analysis support for guidance, navigation, and control (GN&C) for launch vehicles and upper stages.  GAD is responsible for GN&C system validation, targeting, trajectory performance, and mission certification.  GAD fulfills a systems engineering and integration role for the respective disciplines.  The department is dedicated to achieving total mission success while maintaining the highest level of integrity and technical excellence



  • Perform engineering analyses of launch and upper-stage vehicle guidance and navigation systems, including performance of guidance algorithms and use of inertial systems, GPS, and other sensors
  • Perform trajectory studies and conduct error and orbital perturbation analyses
  • Perform statistical analyses of launch vehicle trajectories and targeting accuracy
  • Develop mathematical models and high-fidelity computational simulations of launch vehicles from fundamental principles of dynamics and physics
  • Develop computational tools to analyze the performance of launch vehicle guidance and navigation systems
  • Study and evaluate launch vehicle guidance and navigation designs and algorithms
  • 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 graduate degree in aerospace engineering, mechanical engineering, computer science or related program
  • Must be able to obtain a security clearance
  • US Citizenship required
  • Advanced undergraduate-level knowledge in the following areas:
    • Guidance, navigation, and control of aerospace vehicles
    • Rigid-body kinematics and dynamics
    • Flight dynamics and orbital mechanics
    • Mathematical modeling and development of computer-based vehicle simulations
  • Intermediate to advanced knowledge of the following computer platforms and programming languages:
    • Microsoft Windows and Office
    • MATLAB
    • Simulink



  • Advanced undergraduate-level knowledge of statistical analyses
  • Intermediate to advanced knowledge of the following computer platforms and programming languages:
    • Unix / Linux
    • C++
    • Python


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: Secret 

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, 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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