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Engineering Internships - Winter 2016
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Airware | San Francisco, CA
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Job Description

Interested in being an engineering intern at Airware? Send us your resume and details, any specific interests and links to your projects to learn more! The Winter 2016 Internship will run 12 weeks. We're quite flexible with start dates.

About our Internships

Engineers at Airware work on plenty of unsolved problems requiring complex solutions. As an Engineering Intern at Airware, you'll contribute directly to our core product on a variety of projects, collaborating alongside our engineering team in a multi-disciplinary environment. You'll use your software design, analytical problem solving, and programming skills to build software for a first of its kind commercial drone OS and development platform. You will be researching and developing solutions to some of the most challenging technical problems in existence.

Examples of multiple disciplines within our engineering org:

Web development with Scala, Go, NodeJS, and similar technologies
Hardware, firmware, embedded systems, Linux
Software development with C, C++, Python, functional programming languages, software API's, SDK's


Specific responsibilities vary by project area. Depending on your background and experience, you could find yourself working with the team in one or more of the project areas below:

Software Engineering - Ground Control Station

Create an elegant, user-friendly interface to allow the user to safely fly and land multiple types of aircraft
Determine how to detect and represent obstacles and hazards--from terrain elevation to nearby aircraft
Join the flight testing team to operate the GCS in the field, evaluating usability and efficiency for typical missions and tasks--collect internal and external user feedback and propose interface design improvements
Build clean MVVM architecture that will be compatible across a variety of platforms

Software Engineering

Architect and implement a real-time messaging framework for efficiently passing data between local and remote software processes
Architect and implement a state machine that coordinates the mode sequencing between our flight core (autopilot) and the other dependent components in our distributed system
Develop a system data logger that interfaces with the real-time messaging framework and records key flight telemetry and system fault data

Web Development

Build a web-based, front-end application that gives access to telemetry, media, and other information through our APIs
Display aircraft flight paths in real time on a map
Improve user experience by optimizing interactions with data and media in the app

About You

You should have a genuine passion for your craft, solid programming capabilities and an insatiable curiosity about technology and how things work. You'll build upon your solid foundation in computer science, electrical engineering, or mechanical engineering in order to gain a deep understanding of our product and projects and continually improve upon them. We focus on being a collaborative team of engineers who have solid technical chops and an eye for quality.


Currently pursuing a Bachelor's or above in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering or related technical field.

Preferred Qualifications

Must be currently enrolled in a full time degree program with the intent to return to the program
Solid grasp of computer science / engineering fundamentals
Knowledge of hardware, software, system architecture, or web architecture
Strong problem solving sensibilities
Excellent programming skills (C, C++, Java, Python)

About Airware

Airware is building the Aerial Information Platform for commercial drones, comprising of hardware, firmware, software, and user interfaces. We are a rapidly growing startup, funded by some of the world's pre-eminent technology venture capital firms, KPCB, Andreessen Horowitz and Google Ventures.

We're a passionate team who believe in ownership, excellence, community, and continuous improvement. Here you will find the computer hacker, private pilot, laid-back surfer, RC hobbyist, homebrewer, and video game designer. If you thrive on solving challenging problems with a fun group of really bright people, we want to hear from you!

About Airware

Airware America is a small family owned business, which provides health and safety products primarily to the agricultural and woodworking markets. Since 1978, we have distributed these products through our mail-order catalog, and trade show appearances. Airware America strives to provide these products to you as quickly as possible, at the best possible price.