Student Internship Opportunities

Please see the currently available internship opportunities listed below.

Aeronautics 

AEGIS INTERN (Autonomous Entity Global Intelligence System)

 

Internship Description:
This project is to develop a nominal prototype of an “Autonomous Entity Global Intelligence System” or AEGIS, by incorporating cutting edge Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) technologies to enable a distributed supervisory control framework for Urban Air Mobility (UAM). In this project, the student will apply cutting-edge AI/ML technology to make real-world aviation and coordination among autonomous air vehicles efficient and safe. The intern will deliver working data synthesis, simulation, and visualization modules in the form of software codes.
 

This position will consist the following tasks:

  • Create representative sets of operation scenarios, by synthesizing existing aeronautics and aviation data
  • Develop a machine learning model for analyzing and inferring the synthesized data 
  • Setup a simulation testbed to ingest, engineer, infer the data, and visualize the simulation results
  • Implement and evaluate multiple operational modes in different unconstrained and constrained scenarios

Skill Set

To accomplish this work, the intern requires proficiency with software technologies in one of the following two categories:

 

Category A

  • Desired skills: D3.js, MATLAB, C/C++
  • Additional Preferred skills: Visual Studio, Unity, Adobe Illustrator
  • Experience level: 0-5 years 

Category B

  • Desired skills: Python, MATLAB, Tensor Flow, CUDA 
  • Additional Preferred skills: KERAS, Open CV, Unity
  • Experience level: 0-5 years

Additional general expectations include: 

  • Ability to work in small teams
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Being in a software engineering, preferably computer science, degree program

Degree Level: Graduate level (enrolled University Student)
Opportunity Type: Internship 


Urban Air Transport Research and Development

 

Internship Description:
The Air Traffic Management Exploration (ATM-X) project will develop and demonstrate a new service-based air traffic system paradigm. NASA researchers are exploring an initial concept development of Urban Air Transport Disruption Management platform (UATDM). UATDM aims at enabling highly automated commercial services provided by Unmanned Aircraft Systems and Urban Air Mobility in low-altitude airspaces. The selected interns will have the opportunities to perform researches and develop algorithms for UATDM. 

 

Expected opportunity outcome (i.e. research, final report, poster presentation, etc.):

Research, poster presentation, numerical models or algorithms, report or conferences/journal publications

 

Skill Set

Mobile App development knowledges or experiences /Matlab/C/C++/Java/Optimal controls/machine learning background

 

Degree Level: Undergraduate level student (Senior level – pursuing BS) / graduate level student (MS year 1-2)

Opportunity Type: Internship (part-time)


Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Research 

 

Internship Description:
This work supports the UAS in the National Airspace System (NAS) integration project. The goal is to characterize detect and avoid (DAA) system behavior and identify / extract scenarios of interest in order to further the project's research objectives. 

To accomplish this, the work will focus on visualization and analysis of DAA encounters between UAS and manned traffic operating under visual flight rules. 

Degree Level: Undergraduate level student (Senior level – pursuing BS) / graduate level student (MS year 1-2)
Opportunity Type: Internship


Unmanned Aircraft System Traffic Management (UTM) Research

Internship Description:
The UTM (Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Traffic Management (UTM)) research platform enables the testing of various capabilities ranging from visual line-of-sight operations in rural areas to beyond visual line-of-sight (expanded) operations in urban areas. This platform is comprised of a set of web services that are accessible from a remote server by clients that have been implemented according to the published interface control document (ICD). The ICD defines the communication between the UTM research platform and an operator. It provides the information necessary to develop clients and software applications that interface with the UTM research platform. 

The UTM research team has developed a number of clients and applications that displays UTM information and enables interaction with the UTM research platform. The goal is to distribute this client software to as many universities as possible and assist them in communicating with the UTM server at NASA Ames to help enhance the UTM concept development and provide a wider base for research within the academia in this field.

Degree Level: Undergraduate level student (Senior level – pursuing BS) / graduate level student (MS year 1-2)
Opportunity Type: Internship 


General 

USRA-NAMS Student internship at NASA Ames Research center  

 

Internship Description:
USRA's R&D Student Program supports projects at NASA Ames as part of the NASA Academic Mission Services (NAMS). The goal of these internships is to help advance the milestones of the project and to help complete the student's thesis. 

The internships range in technical areas of Aeronautics, Earth Science, Data Science, Machine Learning, Robotics, Synthetic Biology, Biosciences and Environmental Analytics. 

 

The internships are offered part time during the school year and full time during the summer. The students will work alongside USRA and NASA PI (s) at the NASA Ames Research Center. We encourage students to continue their education in Science, Technology, Education and Math (STEM) fields either within the government, academia, or industry.

 

Degree Level: Graduate level (enrolled University Student)
Opportunity Type: Internship 

 

For more information or to apply for an internship, please email NAMS-studentRD@usra.edu

 

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