The MITRE Corporation Digital Hardware Design Coop/Intern in Bedford, Massachusetts

Digital Hardware Design Coop/Intern


Do you want to help solve our nation’s most critical problems? Do you want to be mentored by engineers and scientists that are experts in their fields? Do you want to join over 300 other interns for a summer full of learning, networking and fun?

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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.


Join MITRE’s Electronic System Development and Embedded Security team to implement state of the art electronic prototypes for advanced sensor, communication, and navigation systems. Candidates will learn on the job as members of design teams to help architect and implement solutions for a wide range of challenging problems. We are interested in highly motivated candidates with a wide variety of interests and skills in FPGA-based digital hardware design with a focus on real-time signal processing systems. Other highlights include:

  • Working with a cross-disciplinary team of similarly bright and motivated engineers on projects of national importance

  • A supportive culture of learning, professional growth, and development

  • Sponsored attendance of conferences

  • Outstanding continuing education programs

  • Opportunities to learn new skills and work on a diverse range of projects

Key Functions:

This position provides an exciting opportunity to help design and prototype state of the art embedded systems using commercial and custom platforms. Typical opportunities include:

  • Real-time systems leveraging state of the art FPGA technology

  • Cutting edge communication and sensor signal processing systems using software defined radio (SDR) platforms

  • Advanced architectures for high throughput signal processing

  • Low SWaPC, highly integrated custom platforms


Required Qualifications:

We are interested in highly motivated candidates with a wide variety of skills, insatiable curiosity, enthusiasm, and the ability and interest to dig deep on challenging technical problems. Required qualifications include:

  • Enrollment in a BS program in Electrical or Computer Engineering

  • Exposure to digital system design at the Boolean logic level

  • Exposure to FPGA development tools

  • Exposure to programming and knowledge of one or more RTL languages such as VHDL, Verilog/System Verilog

  • Exposure to scripting languages such as TCL, Python, Perl, etc.

  • Awareness of good digital design practices including approaches to design, implementation, verification, testing, documentation, and debugging

Preferred Qualifications:

One or more of the following skills are desirable:

  • Understanding of digital design principals

  • Understanding of RTL (VHDL, Verilog/System Verilog)

  • Understanding of scripting languages (TCL, Python, Perl, etc.)

  • Exposure to software defined radio (SDR) platforms

  • Knowledge of RTL synthesis, simulation, implementation, and debug tools

  • Knowledge of basic signal processing concepts (MATLAB)

  • Knowledge of implementing signal processing algorithms

  • Knowledge of communication, RADAR, and/or positioning/navigation systems

  • Knowledge of low-level hardware/software system debugging

  • Knowledge of commercial wired/wireless networking protocols

  • Knowledge of development practices including design and code reviews, testing and regression, revision control, and user documentation

  • Strong oral and written communication skills


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

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  • 70% of MITRE’s full-time jobs require US government security clearances, therefore many internships require that the candidates be clearable.\

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Primary Location United States-Massachusetts-Bedford

This requisition requires a clearance of Secret

Travel Yes, 10 % of the Time

Job Posting Oct 17, 2018, 12:24:14 PM

Req ID: 00051002

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