Software Engineering or Computer Science Intern

Job Description

Applied Technology Associates (ATA) is seeking a Software Engineering or Computer Science Intern in support to the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Space Vehicles Advanced Technology (SVAT) contract. ATA is supporting AFRL in a variety of areas related to the design and flight of space vehicles. One of those areas is in the application and implementation of algorithms for autonomous and robotic spacecraft functions. ATA is looking for qualified candidates who are interested in working within a small, agile, innovative team supporting Air Force projects and who share a strong desire to create a work environment that is highly collaborative, rewarding, and fun. The successful candidate will serve as an engineering/science intern within AFRL/ATA’s Resilient Autonomous Navigation Guidance and Robotic Systems (RANGRS) team and contribute to a collection of projects to help with the development of algorithms and their implementation in a variety of programming languages. Possible application areas include guidance, navigation, and control; robot control and manipulation; cyber secure systems; autonomous systems, software defined networks; multi-agent systems; and resilient systems. Current projects include support to three different laboratories for the purposes of raising the technology readiness levels (TRLs) of algorithms and software. The projects focus on the development and implementation of embedded, real-time, software for robotic servicing, repair, and assembly and rendezvous and proximity operations of spacecraft. The laboratories emulate many aspects of spacecraft flight providing real-time testbeds and verification and validation platforms for on-orbit spacecraft algorithms and software. We work in a software environment that includes Windows and Linux running MATLAB, Simulink, ROS, Python, and C/C++. Our hardware environment for simulation is Intel workstations, while our real-time environment is primarily Raspberry PIs.

Essential Functions: 

  • - Develop and implement algorithms for autonomous spacecraft navigation, guidance, and robotic

  • - Develop simulations for generating test data

  • - Develop simulations for testing algorithms and software

  • - Establish and apply algorithm performance metrics

  • - Represent ATA well with customers

  • - Perform all other duties as assigned

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • - Ethical Conduct

  • - Strong Attention to Detail

  • - Organizational Skills

  • - Self-starter

  • - Self-organizing

  • - Can quickly grasp new concepts and processes

  • - Great written and oral communication skills

  • - Require minimum oversight

  • - Excellent time management skills

Work Environment: 

This job operates in a professional/secure office and laboratory environment. This position routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, phones, photocopiers, filing cabinets, fax machines and other equipment as needed.

Physical Demands: 

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; talk or hear. The employee must occasionally lift or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.

Position Type/Expected Hours of Work: 

This is a part-time position. Days and hours (8-20 per week) are nominally within a Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. workday.


Travel is primarily local during the business day.

Required Education and Experience: 

  • - Attending an accredited Engineering or Computer Science program at the Bachelor’s, Master’s,
      or Ph.D. level

  • - U.S. citizen with the ability to obtain and maintain a U.S. Department of Defense security

  • - Background or course work in Computer Vison

Preferred Education and Experience: 

  • - Active security clearance

  • - Experience in one or more of the areas: guidance, navigation, and control; robot control
      and manipulation; cyber secure systems; autonomous systems, software defined networks;
      multi-agent systems; and resilient systems

  • - Background in spacecraft dynamics

  • - Experience programming in C/C++

  • - Experience with revision control systems such as Git, Mercurial, or Subversion

Primary Location: 

Kirtland Air Force Base, Albuquerque, New Mexico

Relocation Available: 


ATA prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type and affords equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. ATA conforms to the spirit as well as to the letter of all applicable laws and regulations. Please send all resumes, including cover letters, to Human Resources at Applied Technology Associates, 1300 Britt Street SE, Albuquerque, NM 87123. You may also fax them to (505) 998-2397, or e-mail them to  PLEASE REFER TO DOCKET No. ATA20190921.

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