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Communications Engineer Intern / Co-op


Bedford, MA
  • Engineering
  • Information Technology
  • Computer Programming/Systems
  • Computer Engineering
  • Antennas and Propagation
  • Signal Processing
  • Communications
  • Nuclear and Plasma Sciences
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Job Details

Do you want to join our over 300 interns for a summer full of learning, networking and fun?  Do you want to help analyze data and do the analysis needed to contribute to solving our nations most critical problems?   Do you want to be mentored by engineers and scientists that are experts in their fields?


MITREs people are committed to tackling our nation's toughest challenges.  We are different from most technology companies. We are a not-for-profit corporation chartered to work for the public interest, with no commercial conflicts to influence what we do. The R&D centers we operate for the government create lasting impact in fields as diverse as cybersecurity, healthcare, aviation, defense, and enterprise transformation. We're making a difference every dayworking for a safer, healthier, and more secure nation and world. Our workplace reflects our values. We want you to come as an intern and then join us upon completing your degree so that you can experience the gratifying work, our competitive benefits, exceptional professional development opportunities, and a culture of innovation that embraces diversity, inclusion, flexibility, collaboration, and career growth.

MITRE Corporations Aerial Communications Department supports  communication capabilities of both manned and unmanned aerial  platforms used by the United States military and International partners.  The Aerial Communications Department is in a unique position; while our  work is applied to airborne platforms, we are responsible for developing  communication capabilities that span the Space, Aerial, Terrestrial,  Nuclear, and Cyber military operational domains. This provides staff an  opportunity to work and grow their technical and leadership skills across  a broad spectrum of disciplines. The departments primary areas of    concentration are in RF communications, networking, modeling & simulation, system integration, as well as software programming. Early-career staff may opt to develop in-depth technical expertise in one of the areas of concentration or develop a broad skillset across the breadth of concentration areas.


Examples of tasks include:


1.  Characterize the RF, interference rejection, and networking performance of military communications systems in a hands-on laboratory environment.  Analyze, document, and present the results to impact airborne communication systems designs and operations.

2.  Prototype communications systems with software defined radio (SDR) technology to verify specifications and investigate waveform enhancements.

3.  Develop software models to simulate air-to-ground communications channels, and emulate the channels with hardware to characterize the impacts of various signal propagation effects on aerial communications performance, as well as ways to improve it.

4.  Become familiar with a specific embedded system (e.g., GPS, data link terminal) and its operation to assist in defining system test approaches, collecting performance data, and defining and implementing software improvements.

5.  Develop a 6 degrees-of-freedom Kalman filter model for modeling aircraft trajectories to be used in a high fidelity communication simulation and modeling tool.

6.  Development and implementation of a simulation framework for modeling different types of antenna search algorithms in a C++ based data link simulator and MATLAB.

Required Skills:

An interest in wireless communications, networking, modeling & simulation, analysis, or other similar technical disciplines.

  • Strong, hierarchical problem-solving skills

  • Ability to effectively write and present technical material

  • Ability to work effectively in a collaborative team environment.

  • Understanding of wireless communications, networking technologies, or digital signal processing

  • "Hands-on" skills (e.g. RF laboratory test equipment or GNU Radio) or familiarity with computer skills such as C++, MATLAB, Mathematica, OPNET, Systems Tool Kit or similar modeling tools.


    Minimum Education/Experience:


    Currently pursuing (or recently received) a degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Systems Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics or similar field, with an interest in communications or other relevant technical disciplines


    * Students need to be currently enrolled and will be enrolled the following semester in a full-time in an accredited degree-seeking university program.*


    **70% of MITREs full-time jobs require US government security clearances, this internship/co-op requires that candidates are clearable.**


    ***Immediate family of MITRE employees are not eligible for internships.***