Summer 2023 Software Engineering Internships

Seeking talented summer interns to be part of the IHMC Robotics Team to develop software tools for controlling bipedal robots and exoskeletons.

We are seeking interns for the following areas:

  • Perception. This includes processing Lidar, stereo vision, localization, object segmentation, and manipulating point clouds. 
  • Controls. Control algorithms for exoskeletons, locomotion, and drones. This can include balance, optimization, and state estimation.
  • Planning. Valid foot placements, body path planning, foot step planning, and trajectory planning for obstacle avoidance.
  • Behaviors. Develop high level behaviors for more advanced activity such as opening doors, searching rooms, building structures, chasing targets.
  • Operator Interfaces. Design of interface tools and widgets in GUIs and virtual reality for controlling robots. Additionally, defining messages for communicating with and controlling the systems. 
  • Human-Machine Teaming. Develop unique solutions to complex human-machine teaming challenges at the control, tactical and strategic levels, as well as developing measures for understanding the effectiveness of the team. 

Internships are available for students who are currently pursuing an undergraduate or graduate degree in engineering, computer science, or related field.

Ideal internship candidate should have the ability to write clean code, particularly in Java, to the highest standards, have an understanding of advanced object-oriented programming concepts, and have excellent analytical, problem solving, and organizational skills. Applicants must have excellent communication and documentation skills, be self-motivated and function with little micro-management, thriving in both a team and individual environment.

This summer internship is for a full-time, paid position in Pensacola, Florida. You must be available every day during regular work hours, for a minimum of 9 weeks and be authorized to work in the United States.

As part of the application, we require that you provide a link (unlisted or public) to a YouTube video of you talking about one of your software projects. You can see a sample video of someone talking about a mechanical project at: . This video should highlight your communication skills as well as show your project. The video should:

  • Include you talking about your project
  • Be 1 minute (+/- 15 seconds) in length
  • Show your design, either actual or on computer screen
  • Have clear audio

To Apply:

Please follow these instructions carefully. Your ability to follow the instructions and provide all the documents in the requested format will be part of your evaluation. Any application not following the instructions will be returned.

Email your application to: robotjobs at 

The subject of the email must be: 2023 Software Internship – YourLastName

Include the following 3 items as attachments in the email: 

  1. Current resume in pdf format. Name your file: “YourLastName_Resume.pdf”
  2. Cover letter in pdf format. Name your file: “YourLastName_CoverLetter.pdf”.

In the cover letter, include the following items:

  • Dates you are available for an internship. Note you must be available full time at IHMC in Pensacola, FL.
  • Describe your relevant software engineering experience.
  • Discuss why you are interested in an internship at IHMC.
  • Provide a link (URL) to your YouTube video.
  • Provide email and phone number for three (3) professional references. 
  1. Download this Pre-Interview Questionnaire pdf, fill it out and attach it. Name your file: “YourLastName_Questionnaire.pdf”

For example, the subject line of an email application for John Smith would be: 

2023 Software Internship – Smith

His resume file would be titled: Smith_Resume.pdf

His cover letter file would titled: Smith_CoverLetter.pdf

His questionnaire file would be titled: Smith_Questionnaire.pdf 

Updates to this announcement may appear at

Questions: robotjobs at

Location: Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC), Pensacola, FL

Application Deadline: March 27th, 2023

IHMC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status.