Summer Research Program Intern

The Advanced Capabilities & Systems Group is an agile, innovative, multi-disciplinary team developing novel systems and technology concepts that address the nation's critical security challenges.  The group leverages focused analysis to understand solutions to defense and intelligence problems, and then develops the solutions in a fast cycle of experimentation and prototyping.  Frequent engagements with government intelligence and military users connect the group to their unique missions and needs.  Projects range from the analysis and prototyping of tactical military optics and radar systems, to investigation of noval communication, navigation, and autonomous systems.  The multi-disciplinary team consists of talented technical staff with expertise in electromagnetics, optics, signal processing (communication, GPS), RF and antenna design, statistics, optimization, computer vision, machine learning, autonomous control, software engineering, embedded systems and programming, and mechanical design.

The Advanced Capabilities & Systems Group is seeking summer interns to contribute to the Beaver Works Summer Institute (BWSI) RACECAR and UAV programs.  BWSI is a world class educational outreach program that challenges high school students across the country to develop robust autonomy algorithms using state-of-the-art autonomous systems and sensors.


Interns will spend four weeks working at MIT Lincoln Laboratory to establish familiarity with the autonomous platform, develop novel software and hardware improvements, and build solutions to challenging autonomy problems.  Afterwards, interns will spend four weeks on campus co-instructing the courses alongside Lincoln Laboratory staff.


Tasks for BWSI RACECAR and UAV programs include the following:

  • Embedded software development to support control and autonomy solutions for RACECAR and UAV platforms
  • Development of robust real-time object recognition and tracking that can operate on embedded GPU-enabled Linux machines
  • Development of novel sensor control interfaces and optimization algorithms for completing real-world autonomy problems
  • Co-instruction of college-level course material to top high school students across the nation


Position Requirements:

  • Current first or second year undergraduate students in Aerospace Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Physics, Mathematics or other technical field, coupled with the demonstrated ability to apply talents to new fields.
  • Demonstrated excellence in communication skills and the ability to convey technical concepts in a clear, concise manner to a wide spectrum of audiences are required.
  • Interest in autonomous systems, course development, and educational instruction.
  • Ability to start summer employment no later than June 11, 2018.


Desired Skills:

  • Experience programming in Python and ROS programmming languages.
  • Familiarity with Linux operating systems.
  • Exposure to image processing fundamentals.

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
Massachusetts, US