Software Engineer Internship 2023

Sunnyvale, CA

Founded in 2015, Acubed is the Silicon Valley innovation center of Airbus. As a global leader in aerospace, Airbus aims to make things fly. Our mission is to provide a lens into the future for the industry, transforming risk into opportunity to build the future of flight now.

At Acubed, we strive to propel innovation to market faster, broaden the talent pool in emerging aerospace careers and simultaneously help drive a culture change across Airbus.


The Wayfinder team is building scalable, certifiable autonomy systems to power the next generation of commercial aircraft. Our team of experts is driving the maturation of machine learning and other core technologies for autonomous flight; we are creating a reference architecture that includes hardware, software, and a data-driven development process to allow aircraft to perceive and react to their environment. Autonomous flight is transforming the transportation industry, and our team is at the heart of this revolution.

The Opportunity

This is your chance to build autonomous airplane systems! During this internship, you will join our perception team to develop sensor data acquisition, post-processing and labeling pipelines that will be deployed on our aircraft, or to integrate and deploy our machine learning (ML) inference algorithms. The internship will be entirely hands-on, allowing you to test the code you will write on a real system.


  • Support the development, integration and testing of sensing software and hardware, including visible spectrum cameras, infrared cameras and INS/GNSS
  • Create software and algorithms to manage sensor data acquisition and processing
  • Support field testing of our systems, which fly on our own manned aircraft
  • Support integration and deployment of our ML inference algorithms


  • Significant academic background in computer science, electrical engineering or a related field
  • Working proficiency in C/C++ and Python on a Linux-like OS
  • Command of software fundamentals (iteration, data structures, object oriented programming, bits and bytes) and software development best practices
  • Knowledge of computer vision algorithms and libraries (e.g. OpenCV)
  • Real-world experience with autonomous systems (e.g. mobile robots, cars, aircraft) and related sensors (e.g. lidar, cameras, inertial measurement units)
  • Intellectual curiosity to do what hasn’t been done before, coupled with a drive to overcome challenges

Preferred Qualifications

  • Hands-on experience working with camera systems
  • Familiarity with robotics algorithms, such as localization, sensor fusion, image/signal processing, guidance, navigation and control
  • A passion for making things fly

Pay Transparency Notice: Depending on your work location the hourly rate for this internship ranges between $25.00-$35.00 

* Note that Acubed does not offer sponsorship of employment-based nonimmigrant visa petitions for this role.