Undergraduate Job Opportunities in Space Flight Operations

CU’s Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics is hiring students for its Space Flight Operations Team. LASP currently operates two NASA missions, multiple payloads, and new projects are in development! Students participate in all phases of a space mission (mission development, integration and test, launch, early orbit, and routine operations, anomaly resolution, etc.). LASP students have gone on to positions at JPL, Lockheed Martin, Ball Aerospace, Northrop Grumman, AGI, Blue Origin and more!

Interviews begin January 2021; successful applicants start May 11th, 2021


Command Controllers (CCs) start their careers at LASP with an intense summer training program during which they learn the basics of flight system interactions, spacecraft operations and subsystem health & safety monitoring. They receive detailed instruction in how our NASA missions work and how to distinguish nominal performance from anomalous trending. Following a comprehensive certification process at the end of the summer, CCs work 20 hours a week while attending classes during the semester. Their responsibilities include prelaunch environmental testing, building command sets for uplink to the spacecraft, real-time anomaly resolution, lifecycle telemetry trending, and long term operations analysis and planning. Successful candidates can continue their employment through grad school if they choose.


  • Full-time UCB student with 3.0+ cumulative GPA in good academic standing. All majors welcome to apply.
  • At least 4 semesters remaining in your undergraduate education to commit to working at LASP
  • Willingness to work occasional evenings and weekends
  • Ability to commit to full time summer employment from 5/11/21-8/6/21
  • Ability to work 20 hours per week thereafter and through the school year (this is not a summer internship)
  • US Citizen or Resident Alien required
  • All majors welcome to apply

These are paid positions. Candidates must be able to work 40 hours a week from May through August for training. Operators will then work 20 hours per week during the school year including occasional nights & weekends.

How to Apply:

Applications must include all of the following:
One-page resume
Cover letter
An unofficial copy of your academic record (include Fall 2020 grades)
3 professional or academic references (no personal references from friends or relatives please)

Submit completed applications to both addresses below:
Jennifer Reiter:
Robby Mendoza:

Indicate in the email subject that you’re applying for the “SFOT position.” Include your email address, citizenship status, and the names of three professional references (teachers, supervisors, etc.) that we can contact by email and phone. No personal references please. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

All final applicants being considered for employment are subject to background investigations including a criminal history check and when appropriate a financial and/or motor vehicle history. The University of Colorado at Boulder is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.