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Summer Internships- Free Space Optical Communications- Job ID 10012

The Space Dynamics Laboratory (SDL) has been developing innovative technologies and solutions for cutting-edge Department of Defense and intelligence programs for almost six decades. SDL’s internship program provides an exciting opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to get involved with state-of-the art technologies in space-, airborne-, and ground-based systems. With the support of engineers and mentors, interns are able to work on professional-level assignments that complement their academic studies. The program also includes training workshops, networking opportunities, and a variety of summer events and activities.

The Military Space Division is looking for an exceptional engineering student for a summer internship in free space optical communications (FSOC) for small satellites. Tasks would include developing high fidelity FSOC link budgets, evaluation of site specific performance, designing testbed specifically for FSOC systems, and research in the FSOC field.

·Pursuing a degree in electrical or mechanical engineering, physics, or relevant technical field for FSOC
·Experience or understanding of laser communication fundamentals
·Experience with team collaborative tools
·Ability to work hands on assembling and testing hardware
·Ability to work independently with minimum supervision
·Ability to work closely in a team with students and professionals 
·Ability to see the job through
·Good communication skills, both written and verbal, are essential
·Must be a U.S. Citizen or a lawful permanent resident of U.S.
·Junior, Senior, or graduate student
·3.0 GPA minimum is required

Interns will be tasked with varying duties based on current projects, needed support, and phase of development. Work could include developing, testing, and integrating of systems for small satellites, sensor systems, and/or aerospace platforms..