Join Us


SERC offers paid and unpaid internships, course credit (through on campus directed research) or a research lab for senior design projects for undergraduate/graduate students enrolled at USC. Project work is available in a variety of areas, some of which requires students to be US Citizens or Permanent Residents. Talk to your advisor about your specific situation and send an email to:

  • David Barnhart, Director

AND to

  • Nicole Valdez, Student liaison, Astronautics Department

Use "SERC JOB/RESEARCH OPPORTUNITIES" in the subject line. Be sure to include the following:

  • Your current year, program and expected graduation date (and if applicable, your plans for grad school at USC)
  • A resume
  • cover letter highlighting:
    • Applicable experience that can translate directly or indirectly to space systems
    • Your interests and inspiration, regardless of prior experience
    • A favorite song that inspires you

Note to former applicants: When we first posted the website, we were inundated with emails regarding employment and didn’t have a system for processing them. Some emails may have been lost in the confusion.  If you applied previously and didn’t receive a response, please accept our apologies and re-submit your information.



SERC welcomes experienced engineers who have been responsible for a satellite subsystem or an entire satellite. Our engineers design and build our own subsystems and systems often under tight constraints, while simultaneously teaching the students critical tradecraft suitable for existing industry standards. The work isn’t easy, but our staff and alumni find it highly rewarding. At SERC, you’re more than an engineer. You’re a mentor, teacher and friend in an environment with real meaning, not just another job.

We welcome applications for all subsystems year-round. Current skill areas we are looking for include:

  • Electronic systems with RTOS
  • Systems engineering on large and small projects
  • RF communications encoding and protocols (eg. AX25, BPSK, etc).
  • Data analysis and integration of physics and non-physics information
  • GNC Algorithm development

For more information, contact David Barnhart, director.