Spacecraft Systems Engineer Student III-IV

Systems Engineering Student III-IV

The Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) is looking for a student intern to work under the mentorship of senior systems engineers with a wide experience base in the design, analysis, fabrication, integration, and testing of spaceflight hardware. This opportunity provides the student with practical, hands-on experience working on a deep space mission to explore the inner solar system and the asteroid belt. The minimum commitment is for one (1) year (two semesters and a summer), working part-time (10-20 hrs/week) while classes are in session and full-time (40 hrs/week) during the summer, with opportunities to work up to 40 hrs/week during other breaks in classes, with possible opportunities to continue to work beyond the first year.  Many student interns at LASP work beyond one year, and several have been hired as full-time professional engineers after graduation.

Job Duties:

  • Performing trade studies
  • Creating and analyzing designs
  • Helping build ground-based models, engineering development units, or ground support equipment (mechanical or electrical)
  • Helping develop simulators (mechanical, electrical, software)
  • Writing/manager requirements
  • Helping to perform testing on spaceflight hardware
  • Analyzing test data, telemetry, etc.
  • Writing and presenting analyses
  • Participating in brainstorming sessions for conceptual design
  • Attending design reviews and milestone reviews
  • Participating in regular status meetings
  • Working with other spacecraft subsystem engineers
  • Assisting with anomaly resolution

Required Education/Experience/Skills:

  • Must be a current undergraduate student at the University of Colorado, preferably in the physical sciences
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • A willingness to mentor/teach
  • An interest in working with international partners
  • A passion for space exploration
  • Strong organizational skills and an ability to work to a timeline with specific product delivery dates
  • Comfort level working problems “outside the box” that don’t have defined starting or ending points. Creativity to look at problems from different perspectives.  Confidence to put forth potentially non-traditional solutions to your superiors.
  • Ability to self-manage, prioritize tasks, and report on status during team meetings
  • Ability to take feedback, learn new skills, learn from mistakes, and review your own work
  • Basic computer skills (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Visio)

Desired Qualifications:

  • Basic understanding of spaceflight missions including experience or class-work in areas such as astrodynamics, mission design, spacecraft design, systems engineering, requirements writing and management, trade studies, and project management
  • Ability to identify and implement principles from undergraduate coursework to evaluate designs and perform basic analyses
  • Solid foundation in Physics
  • Experience with DOORS Next, Agile, Python, Matlab, Project
  • Understanding of the basic principles of Electrical and Computer Engineering

Pay Rate:
• $15.00 – $19.25/hour

How to Apply:

Please visit to learn more about LASP. LASP is a very good training site for future aerospace industry employment. Our students receive job offers from aerospace companies across the United States, many times receiving more than one employment opportunity in this field upon graduation. Resumes for this position will be accepted until it is filled. Please submit resume via e-mail (preferred) to: Include any coursework or experience you have that directly relates. Due to Export Control requirements on NASA programs, only US Citizens and Permanent Residents need apply. Please include your US citizenship status in your email.

The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to building a diverse workforce. We encourage applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.