Material Science/ Space Environment, 2020 Undergrad Intern

Requisition ID: 49243

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 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 Material Science undergraduate Intern for an internship opportunity. This position will be located in El Segundo, CA.

The qualified candidate will become part of the Nondestructive Evaluation (NDE) group of the Materials Processing Department of the Space Materials Laboratoty.

Key Functions

  • Develop and characterize an atomic oxygen exposure facility for material degradation research
  • Optimize the production of atomic oxygen within a plasma system
  • Investigate characterization methods for materials and components
  • Participate within an interdisciplinary team in ongoing research or technical programs
  • Apply 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 Objectivite

  • Currently enrolled in an accredited college/university degree program pursuing a BS degree in Electrical, Mechanical or Materials Science Engineering or related program
  • Courses in material science must be completed
  • GPA greater than or equal to 3.0/4.0 is required
  • Experience with Microsoft Office applications (Word, PowerPoint and Excel)
  • Must be able to obtain a security clearance/US Citizenship required
  • The applicant should be familiar with basic lab equipment such as multimeters, oscilloscopes, etc..., as well as general lab environment and common safety practices/Programming language using C++, Python, or Matlab

  • 3.5 GPA
  • Active security clearance/Research in the Nondestructive Evaluation laboratory
  • Strong programming skills are highly desired
  • Hands-on experience with hardware build and design are also desired
  • Familiarity with space programs or projects is a plus

Transcript Requirement

Transcripts are required for this position.

Additional Requisition Details

Clearance Requirement: None

Access: None

Polygraph: None

Relocation Available: [[relo]]

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 You can also reviewThe Equal Employment Opportunity is the Lawposter andthe supplement, as well as thePay Transparency Policy Statement.

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