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The Aerospace Corporation Overview

El Segundo, CA
1001 to 5000 employees
Nonprofit Organization
Research & Development
$500 million to $1 billion (USD) per year

Working at The Aerospace Corporation

A trusted partner. A national resource. A leader in national security space. We are THE Aerospace Corporation. A team that takes pride in our readiness to solve some of the most complex technical challenges in existence. With challenges spanning government to commercial ... Read more

Mission: Aerospace provides engineering solutions to the nation’s most complex challenges.

Our commitment to the following core values has made us the leading architect and principal technical resource for space programs of national significance. Our values ... Read more

Company Updates

  • Aerospace and Starburst Aerospace Accelerator partnered on an event to introduce government stakeholders to start-ups who specialize in emerging trends, capabilities, and applications in artificial intelligence technologies, and how they can be applied to national security issues.

    Aerospace’s General Manager of Innovation, Dr. Randy Villahermosa, who talked about Aerospace’s role as a trusted partner in identifying emerging commercial capabilities that could serve government needs.

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    Shaping the Future of Artificial Intelligence

    The purpose of the event, "Securing Our Future: Commercial AI Meets National Security," was to introduce government stakeholders to the latest developments in artificial intelligence (AI) technologies. Starburst is a company that connects established aerospace companies with startup companies to expose government contractors and suppliers to new technologies.

  • Dr. Sherrie Zacharius, vice president of Technology and Laboratory Operations, and Richard Welle, director of the Microsatellite Systems Department, participated in two NASA media panels earlier Oct. 7 at Vandenberg Air Force Base.

    Zacharius discussed the growing importance and accessibility of cubesats on the first panel. Welle, who was part of the second panel, discussed the first Optical Communications and Sensor Demonstration (OCSD) cubesat and its innovative capabilities.

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The Aerospace Corporation – Why Work For Us?


A Trusted Partner. A National Resource.

The Aerospace Corporation has provided independent technical and scientific research, development, and advisory services to national security space programs since 1960. We operate a federally funded research and development center (FFRDC) for the United States Air Force and the National Reconnaissance Office and support all national security space programs. We also apply more than 50 years of experience with space systems to projects for civil agencies like NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, commercial companies, universities, and international organizations in the national interest.

From our inception, our highly skilled technical staff has focused on ensuring the success of every mission and developing the most effective and economic space-related hardware and software in the world. Our insight and involvement in space programs has significantly reduced the risk of launch failure and increased both satellite endurance and performance. Avoiding a single catastrophic failure resulting in the loss of operational capabilities can save the government more than three times the total annual Aerospace FFRDC budget.

Our greatest asset is the technical expertise of our people. Our involvement spans all facets of space systems, including systems engineering, testing, analysis, and development; acquisition support; launch readiness and certification; anomaly resolution; and the application of new technologies for existing and next-generation space systems. Our state-of-the-art laboratory facilities are staffed by some of the leading scientists in the world.

The Aerospace Corporation is headquartered in El Segundo, California, and has other locations throughout the nation. The staff comprises approximately 3,900 employees, two-thirds of whom are members of the technical staff. 


Workplace Inclusion

Workplace inclusion embraces a cooperative and supportive work environment that recognizes the value of differences. In addition to race, gender, age, religion, disability, national origin, and sexual orientation, the spectrum of inclusion also includes personality, socioeconomic background, education, lifestyles, and an infinite range of other individual characteristics. At Aerospace, we view differences as a competitive advantage, fostering a work environment that encourages engagement and mutual respect for all employees.

Inclusion and Equal Opportunity

The Inclusion and Equal Opportunity Department reports directly to the senior vice president of the Operations and Support Group and is responsible for advising management on regulatory and compliance practices and implementing diversity initiatives. Its mission is to ensure that every employee receives access to a level playing field regarding all personnel practices and terms of conditions of employment.

Aerospace Diversity Action Committee (ADAC)

Fostering communications and sharing cultural differences is one of the ways Aerospace uses diversity to enhance its business. ADAC serves as a valuable mechanism for broadening communications among the affinity groups and provides a forum for input on issues of concern to employees and the corporation. ADAC comprises management appointees and officers of eight affinity groups that represent African-American, American Indian/Alaskan Native, Asian-Pacific American, Hispanic, disabled,  lesbian/gay/bisexual/transgender, military veterans, and women employees. 


New Graduates

At Aerospace, we recognize the importance of recruiting, nurturing, and retaining the industry’s leading talent.

Are you a recent graduate who loves to solve the most complex technical issues? Would you welcome the opportunity to grow in a stimulating environment, working with and learning from some of the best and the brightest?

mentoringWe are looking for new graduates with a strong desire to work in a dynamic environment that stresses integrity, creativity, and commitment to delivering space mission success. If you have a passion for excellence and a desire to make a difference, we want to hear from you.

Aerospace makes regular appearances at college career fairs throughout the school year. We may be visiting your university soon. Please check the schedule below for updates.

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Summer Internships

Aerospace offers summer internship positions at all of our locations in California, Colorado, New Mexico, Maryland, and Virginia.  The internships are designed to give students the opportunity to work in scientific, technical, or administrative areas of the company.  

Each summer, Aerospace has a robust internship program. Many of these interns go on to become Aerospace employees following the completion of their studies.

Each summer, Aerospace sponsors a highly successful student internship program. Many of these interns go on to become Aerospace employees following completion of their studies.

We have openings for students majoring in science and engineering, computer science, mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, information systems, and mathematics; however, all majors will be considered. The corporation offers competitive compensation, a professional environment, and many intern activities and events created especially to foster a positive social experience for the students.

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    "Amazing Corporation Doing Amazing Things"

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    The Aerospace Corporation touches every aspect of space. Times here could not be more exciting. The company has over 3,900 employees throughout the Country and are hiring almost 500 this fiscal year. It truly is a great time to think about exploring some of the incredible opportunities at this great company.


    None, this is truly a great place to 'launch' your career.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing. As we have all heard "This is a time of great opportunity." The employees are excited!

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The Aerospace Corporation Photos

The Aerospace Corporation photo of: The corporate headquarters in El Segundo, California.
The Aerospace Corporation photo of: Jennifer Tanzillo uses a high-speed precision pointing control testbed.
The Aerospace Corporation photo of: Aerospace mentors team with those in the Research in Industrial Projects for Students program.
The Aerospace Corporation photo of: Aerospace's Chantilly Campus is located just minutes from Washington, D.C.
The Aerospace Corporation photo of: Dr. Hyun Kim, research scientist, uses a Scanning Probe Microscope to study the surface topography of graphene material.
The Aerospace Corporation photo of: JPL engineer Aaron Yazzie shares his experiences working on the Curiosity rover.
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The Aerospace Corporation Interviews



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    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at The Aerospace Corporation (El Segundo, CA) in May 2018.


    Started with a short tour around some of the campus, saw part of the library and some of the labs.

    The first part of the real interview was a 15-30 minute powerpoint presentation I gave about my academic experience and a technical discussion of some projects I've worked on in the past.
    I presented to 7 or so people, some associates and some managers.
    They asked some detailed technical questions, so it'll really show if you don't know your projects very well.
    All in all, the presentation isn't bad if you don't get too nervous about speaking in front of people.

    Next section of the interview process was to do one-on-one interviews with 5 of the people there for the presentation. Each interview was 15-20 minutes, and consisted of:
    a few further questions about your experience and/or past projects; 1-3 technical questions, all dealing with communications systems theory (statistics and processes dealing with digital signal transmission/reception/modulation/demodulation).
    Some of the questions were straightforward, others took a few minutes to think through.
    I just explained my thought process when approaching the problem, and either got to a solution or worked in the right direction based on my explanations.

    The final section of the interview was a description of further details about the company by a couple of the managers (work schedule, day-to-day, what kinds of projects, work atmosphere, etc.).

    Interview Questions

    • One section of the interview process was to do one-on-one interviews with 5 of the people there for the presentation. Each interview was 15-20 minutes, and consisted of:
      a few further questions about your experience and/or past projects; 1-3 technical questions, all dealing with communications systems theory (statistics and processes dealing with analog and digital signal transmission/reception).
      Most of the questions dealt with encoding/decoding of a digital signal (constellation points, noise, correlation, signal-to-noise ratio).   1 Answer
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The Aerospace Corporation Awards & Accolades

  • Top Ten Employer for Engineering Students, AfterCollege Employer Popularity Index, 2014
  • Top 50 STEM Workplaces, AISES Winds of Change Magazine, 2014
  • World's Most Ethical Companies(Aerospace & Defense), Ethisphere Institute, 2014
  • Learning Elite Program Organization(Silver), Chief Learning Officer Magazine, 2014
  • BEST Award Winner, Association for Talent Development, 2014
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Diversity Commitment

Has programs that support a diverse and inclusive workforce

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