CO-OP Student, Systems Engineering

Group 75 expertise includes systems engineering as well as system architecture,  integration, test, and verification.

Example projects include satellite passive imaging sensors, space and ground laser communications systems, and airborne laser radar and imaging systems on both manned and unmanned aircraft.


The Systems Engineering Group seeks a CO-OP student to assist in the development and testing of embedded software for small satellites, e.g. CubeSats. The successful candidate will extend open-source software for small satellite control and analysis, the NASA core Flight System (cFS), to enable autonomous operation. The student will work with existing autonomy algorithms and investigate novel solutions.  The student will integrate components, develop algorithms and test with embedded flight processors, evaluate performance, and identify and then implement improvements. She or he will work closely with and present findings to Group technical staff. The intern’s efforts could impact the software architecture of current and future small satellite systems.



  • Demonstrated proficiency developing embedded software, preferably in the ‘C’ programming language, is required.
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills as well as past experience successfully working with small teams
  • Experience with FPGA firmware or knowledge of the Ruby programming language will be helpful.
  • Must be pursuing a BS or graduate degree in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering or related field with at least three years of academic credit.



  • Experience with real-time operating systems and schedulers
  • Filiarity with small satellite systems, software, and tools
  • Experience with embedded controllers and processors, such as the Raspberry Pi. 



MIT Lincoln Laboratory is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, disability status, or genetic information; U.S. citizenship is required.

MIT Lincoln Laboratory
Full time