Lidar Hardware Product Engineering Intern Summer 2023

Aurora Innovation (View all Jobs)

Mountain View, California

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Interview Process

1. Simplified real-world coding task on 2. Time-boxed take-home assignment 3. Face-to-face meeting with teammates.

Who We Are

Aurora (Nasdaq: AUR) is delivering the benefits of self-driving technology safely, quickly, and broadly. Founded in 2017 by experts in the self-driving industry, Aurora is revolutionizing transportation – making it safer, increasingly accessible, and more reliable and efficient than ever before. Its flagship product, the Aurora Driver, is a platform that brings together software, hardware, and data services, to autonomously operate passenger vehicles, light commercial vehicles, and heavy-duty trucks. Aurora is partnered with industry leaders across the transportation ecosystem including Toyota, Volvo, PACCAR, Uber, Uber Freight, FedEx, and U.S. Xpress. Aurora tests its vehicles in the Bay Area, Pittsburgh, and Texas and has offices in those areas as well as in Bozeman, MT; Seattle, WA; Louisville, CO; and Detroit, MI. To learn more, visit

Aurora hires talented people with diverse backgrounds who are ready to help build a transportation ecosystem that will make our roads safer, get crucial goods where they need to go, and make mobility more efficient and accessible for all. We’re searching for a Summer 2023 Lidar Hardware Product Engineering Intern. 

The HPE Lidar team is the product arm of Aurora’s cutting edge FirstLight Lidar technology. A role on this team means being a meaningful part of scaling our Lidar system from low to high volume with design for reliability, robustness, scalability, cost and manufacturability in mind.  You will work with seasoned engineers from throughout the industry who will look to mentor and guide you through your intern experience. This role will be hands-on and will enable the intern to gain experience while owning a key piece of our development from end to end. 

Required Qualifications

  • Actively pursuing a Bachelor's or Master’s in Mechanical Engineering or a related technical area with a graduation date between December 2023 - May 2024
  • Hands-on experience from engineering clubs, prior internships
  • Strong knowledge of mechanical fundamentals
  • 3D Mechanical CAD and 2D drawing understanding
  • Design of experiments and test experience
  • Experience rapid prototyping 
  • Passion for solving challenging, impactful problems as part of a team, and a "win together" mindset

Desirable Qualifications

  • Engineering hobbyist
  • Familiar with Catia
  • GD&T knowledge
  • LIDAR or sensor background

Interns must be authorized to work in the United States for the duration of the internship (CPT/OPT are both acceptable). Aurora does not offer J-1 visa sponsorship for interns. 

Hourly Rate: 

The base hourly pay rate for this internship is as follows:

$49.00 per hour for interns pursuing an undergraduate degree;
$52.00 per hour for interns pursuing a master’s degree; 

Interns must be authorized to work in the United States for the duration of the internship (CPT/OPT are both acceptable). Aurora does not offer J-1 visa sponsorship for interns.

About Aurora

Founded in 2017, Aurora was started by industry luminaries, and now we’re a team with a multitude of perspectives and experiences. Chris Urmson helped lead Carnegie Mellon’s efforts in Darpa’s Grand Challenges, then was a founding member of Google’s self-driving team. Sterling Anderson worked on the tech at MIT before leading Tesla’s Model X and Autopilot programs. Drew Bagnell, also a Carnegie Mellon alum, is a machine learning expert who helped build Uber’s autonomy effort. Regarded as the most experienced leadership team in the industry, these three bring decades of expertise, passion and focus to realizing our mission.


Working at Aurora

At Aurora, we bring together people with extraordinary talent and experience united by the strength of our values. We operate with integrity, set outrageous goals, and continue to build a culture where we win together—all without any jerks.

We have offices in 8+ locations across the United States. We offer a competitive benefits package to qualifying employees. Our Career Page includes everything you need to know about working at Aurora.

At the core of everything we do is our commitment to safety. Building best-in-class self-driving technology will take time, and we believe that each employee at Aurora has a role in contributing to safety, every step of the way. Aurora expects commitment to our safety policies from every employee, and seeks candidates who take an active responsibility, can contribute to building an atmosphere of trust, and invest in the organization’s long-term success by prioritizing working safely, no matter what.

We believe that self-driving technology has broad benefits – including an increase in safety and access to transportation – and to achieve those benefits, we want and need a workforce with diverse experiences, insights, and perspectives; said another way, a workforce that reflects the communities and people our technology will benefit. You can find all the latest news on our Blog

Individuals seeking employment at Aurora are considered without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy status, parent or caregiver status, ancestry, political affiliation, veteran and/or military status, physical or mental disability, or any other status protected by federal or state law. 

For California applicants, information collected and processed as part of your application, and any job applications you choose to submit is subject to Aurora’s California Employment Privacy Policy.

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