Opto-Mechanical Engineering Intern | Space Dynamics Laboratory

Jan. 30, 2023

Job ID 11087

Space Dynamics Laboratory (SDL) has been developing innovative technologies and solutions for cutting-edge DoD and intelligence programs for over six decades.

SDL’s internship program provides an exciting opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to get involved with state-of-the art technologies in space-, airborne-, and ground-based systems. With the support of engineers and mentors, interns are able to work on professional-level assignments that complement their academic studies. The program also includes training workshops, networking opportunities, and a variety of summer events and activities.

The Civil Space Division is looking for an exceptional student Opto-Mechanical Engineer for a summer internship. Interns will be tasked with varying duties based on current projects, needed support, and phase of development.

This internship is for the summer of 2023.


  • Experience in radiometric analysis
  • Proficient with MatLab
  • Experience with optical design in Zemax
  • Experience with optical alignment, testing or other related hands-on optical laboratory work
  • Ability to work independently with minimum supervision
  • Ability to work closely in a team with students and professionals 
  • Ability to take initiative and ask questions
  • Good communication skills, both written and verbal, are essential
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen, this position may require exposure to information which is subject to US export control regulations, i.e. the International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR).


  • SE, ME, Optical Science
  • Junior, Senior, or graduate student
  • 3.5 GPA minimum is preferred

SDL supports a variety of missions, including NASA’s vision to reveal the unknown for the benefit of humankind and the Department of Defense’s aim to protect our Nation on the ground, in the air, and in space. Our sensors, satellites, software systems, and science and engineering play an essential role in some important missions you’ve heard of, and others that you haven’t. Join our team in our seventh decade of delivering mission success.

For questions or assistance with the application process or the DoD SkillBridge program, please contact employment@sdl.usu.edu.

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EOE including Disability and Vet