Current Opportunities

Self-Directed Study Internship

Description: This unpaid internship is designed around the student’s course of study and research interests. This internship is focused around student learning and growth, and can be an ideal opportunity for visiting researchers. One internship example is the learning of a new skill, such as programming, use of a software package, or prototype fabrication. Another example is researching a specific academic area, such as bipedal balance algorithms, actuator design, or neural networks. Often, an internship can be part of the student’s degree program and receive course credit or have the research topic turn into a bachelor’s or master’s thesis, or become part of a doctoral dissertation. For this internship, if you have an idea or area of interest, be it programming, mechanical design, or algorithm development, we may be able to provide the facilities and guidance to help you be successful in your pursuits.

Current areas of interest include but are not limited to multi-contact locomotion planning, perception for localization and locomotion planning, high-speed autonomous behaviors, collaborative manipulation, autonomous balance for exoskeletons, high-speed exoskeleton locomotion, understanding inherent balance in fast-running robots, and virtual reality for operator interfaces.

Requirements: Have obtained or currently pursuing a degree in Engineering, Science, or related STEM field. A fundamental knowledge of programming is highly recommended.

Duration: between 3-9 months

Compensation: unpaid

Location: Pensacola, Florida

To apply: Email the following to with “Self-Directed Study Internship - FirstName LastName” in the subject line:

  • PDF of your CV/resume with filename as LastName_Resume,

  • a one-page cover letter explaining your research goals and how they align with our lab,

  • the dates that you are available for an internship.

IHMC is an AA/EEO Employer.

Why work in our lab?

The robotics lab is an exciting place to work! We have researchers from all over the world, including TU Delft, ETH Zurich, MIT, Berkeley, Olin College, Notre Dame, Georgia Tech, Florida Tech, Embry Riddle, RIT, USC, and UF. Having so many minds crammed into one building makes for some interesting conversation, amusing antics, and fun activities to blow off some steam. Our team makes it a priority to have paintball days, barbecues, sailing trips in Pensacola Bay, beach days, dress up dares, happy hours, and learning lunches.

Pensacola is a great place to live! The weather is (almost) always perfect for outdoor activities like sailing on the bay, volleyball on the white sand beaches, kayaking on Blackwater River, or camping right by the waves. The lab is located in Downtown Pensacola, surrounded by tasty restaurants, art museums, concert venues, farmers markets, and food trucks. Pensacola thrives on never-ending music, dining, dancing and cultural diversity located right at your fingertips. You'll love it here!

IHMC is an Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action employer.