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Robotics Engineering Internship - Fall 2024


SOFWERX is a venue operated under an agreement between the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) and DefenseWERX, designed to increase collaboration and innovation in order to solve the most difficult warfighter problems. SOFWERX is a forum for accelerating the delivery of innovative capability and facilitating capability refinement through exploration, experimentation, and assessment of promising technology. SOFWERX is in the heart of Ybor City, at a neutral, easily accessible facility. The internship program is administered by USF Institute of Applied Engineering.    


Working with DefenseWERX to design, prototype, and test robotic equipment 

Assist with conducting research on related technology-focused topics 

Consult and engage with subject matter experts 

Must participate in weekly market research and submit minimum required entries for new capabilities, technologies, companies, organizations, etc. that could contribute to the innovative ideas needed to create solutions for the warfighter. 



Pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical or Mechanical Engineering or Physics 

Junior or Senior level, with a current GPA of 3.0 or above   

Experience with creating Arduino circuits   

Proficient in Microsoft Office applications (Excel, Word, and PowerPoint) is a plus   

Software app experience on Linux, Android, Mac OS X or Ubuntu is desired   

Must be willing to learn or be familiar with test equipment: multi-meters, spectrum analyzers, mixed-signal O-scopes, Vector Network Analyzers, and RF power meters   

Experience working with a variety of engineering students   

Effective written and oral communication skills   

Good planning and organizational skills- A high level of integrity, accuracy, dependability, enthusiasm, and confidentiality.    

Software app experience on Linux, Android, Mac OS X or Ubuntu is desired.     


Time Commitment 

Hours of operation are 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday thru Friday    

This position requires a minimum of 15 hours and a maximum of 20 hours per week during the Fall/Spring semesters and a minimum of 20 hours and a maximum of 29 hours per week during the Summer semester.

This internship is in-person with limited remote work opportunities   


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