Project Wayfinder is building scalable, certifiable autonomy systems to power self-piloted aircraft applications throughout Airbus, from small urban air vehicles (aka air taxis) to large commercial airplanes. 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 - our team is at the heart of this revolution.

Autonomous Systems Internship
Santa Clara, CA

As an intern at Wayfinder, you will work on meaningful engineering systems, not toy problems. You will contribute to scalable, robust, creative solutions alongside a small team of multidisciplinary engineers with a wealth of experience in aerospace, automotive, deep learning, and software.

Key responsibilities

  • Support the development, integration, and testing of autonomy software and hardware
  • Create and test software interfaces between system components, such as sensors and computation modules
  • Support field testing of our systems, some of which fly on real manned aircraft

Background match 

  • Significant academic background in mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, electrical engineering, or computer science
  • Working proficiency in C/C++ or Python on a Linux-based OS
  • Command of software fundamentals (iteration, data structures, object oriented programming, bits and bytes) and best practices
  • Familiarity with robotics algorithms, such as localization, sensor fusion, image/signal processing, guidance, navigation, and control
  • Real-world experience with autonomous systems (e.g. mobile robots, cars, aircraft) and related sensors (e.g. lidar, radar, cameras, inertial measurement units)
  • Intellectual curiosity to do what hasn’t been done before, coupled with a drive to overcome challenges

Strong fit 

  • CAD/CAM, rapid prototyping, additive and subtractive manufacturing
  • Environmental testing (thermal, vibration, EMI/EMC)
  • Cross-platform software development (e.g., x86 and ARM architectures)
  • Robot Operating System (ROS)
  • Continuous integration frameworks (e.g. Jenkins)
  • Aviation and piloting experience
  • A passion for making things fly


  • 12-weeks competitively paid internship experience 
  • Daily lunch and snacks, social events & outings
  • 1:1 mentorship with a very top notch engineer in the field   
  • Opportunity of a lifetime to explore intellectually challenging & meaningful projects 

A³ by Airbus is the Silicon Valley R&D outpost of Airbus. The mission of Airbus is to make things fly. Our job at A³ is very simple: we seek to disrupt Airbus (and the competition) before anyone else can. And in the process, we are setting out to build the future of flight.

At A³, we execute projects and foster partnerships. Projects are ambitious, risky and time-constrained undertakings that culminate in a demonstration at convincing scale—something that’s more than a mere prototype, but somewhat short of a product.

A³ develops technology partnerships enabling us to work within the Silicon Valley ecosystem to meet project objectives while connecting our parent company to new developments and the talent here. We also strive to partner with different elements of Airbus to serve as transition targets and sponsors of projects that emerge from A³.