Autonomy Engineer Intern

San Mateo, California, United States

Skydio is the leading US drone company and the world leader in autonomous flight, the key technology for the future of drones and aerial transportation. The Skydio team combines deep expertise in artificial intelligence, best-in-class hardware and software product development, and operational excellence to empower a broader, more diverse audience of drone users - from first responders to insurance claims adjusters, utilities, and more!

About the role:

If you have a strong foundation in math, theory, and software development and you are interested in directly contributing to the development of the next generation of autonomy algorithms and pushing them into real products, we would love to hear from you.

We are looking for interns for our Summer program.  You will be paired up with one or more members of our core software development team, assuming direct ownership of a project that meaningfully advances the capabilities of our planning and controls and product engineering teams.

How you'll make an impact:

  • Enable rapid research and development of intelligent systems with advanced autonomous capabilities beyond anything that exists in the world today
  • Research, prototype, and generally assess the feasibility of new approaches
  • Imagine and then implement new features that unlock magic for our users
  • Characterize and quantify the performance of core components of the software and hardware stack

What makes you a good fit:

  • Demonstrated enthusiasm for one or more of the following: motion planning, dynamics and controls, 3D graphics, computer vision, deep learning, distributed systems, tools/infrastructure, mobile
  • Solid software engineering foundation and a commitment to writing clean, well-architected code
  • High proficiency in C++ and/or Python
  • Ability to thrive in a fast-paced, collaborative, small team environment

Compensation Range: The hourly rate for this position is $41/hr for Undergrad and $53/hr for Graduate students* Compensation will vary based on factors, including skill level, proficiencies, transferable knowledge, and experience.

*For some positions the pay may be dependent upon the individual's regional location.




At Skydio we believe that diversity drives innovation. We have created a multidisciplinary environment that embraces the power of diverse perspectives to create elegant solutions for complex problems. We are committed to growing our network of people, programs, and resources to nurture an inclusive culture.

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