Software Engineering Part-Time Internship

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Job ID: 11021

New ideas are all around us, but only a few will change the world. That’s our focus at JPL. We ask the biggest questions, then search the universe for answers—literally. We build upon ideas that have guided generations, then share our discoveries to inspire generations to come. Your mission—your opportunity—is to seek out the answers that bring us one step closer. If you’re driven to discover, create, and inspire something that lasts a lifetime and beyond, you’re ready for JPL.


Located in Pasadena, California, JPL has a campus-like environment situated on 177 acres in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and offers a work environment unlike any other: we inspire passion, foster innovation, build collaboration, and reward excellence.


Join a NASA flight software team working on a Jupiter-orbiting spacecraft with a mission to achieve close encounter of the moon Europa for conducting scientific observation. This mission is called the Europa Clipper project.  As a flight software internal tester, you will be responsible for testing flight software components that control the spacecraft. Use your creativity and ingenuity to understand the flight system, explore flight software code, write test scenarios, expose flight software bugs, and create tools. Perform maintenance of the flight software testing environment to improve its usability and efficiency. Work with software that implements spacecraft capabilities including command, communication, data management, instrument management, and fault protection.  You will be working in NASA/JPL's Flight Software and Avionics Systems section.



  • Must be currently enrolled at an accredited college or university studying Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or related subject matter
  • Must be available to work on-site at JPL part time (8 to 30 hours/week) during the 2019-2020 school year.
  • Excellent C programming skills
  • Experience with Python programming
  • Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 out of 4.0
  • Coursework in programming and data structures
  • Basic familiarity with Linux.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Internship or projects with significant C or C++ programming
  • Internship or experience with embedded programming or CubeSats
  • Coursework in operating systems, multi-threaded programming, computer architecture, algorithms, programming languages, software engineering, computer science theory, embedded programming
  • C++ or Java

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