Group 105--Summer Research Program Intern (Airborne Radar Systems and Techniques)

Date: Mar 17, 2024

Location: Lexington, MA, US

Company: MIT Lincoln Laboratory


Radar Hardware Engineer Internship


MIT Lincoln Laboratory is excited to extend an invitation for internship positions to ambitious and talented Radar and Radio Electronics Engineering students. This internship presents a unique chance to contribute to our innovative team that is shaping the future of radar technology. Whether you're pursuing a degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Physics, or a related field, we welcome you to apply your skills in a real-world context.


As a member of the Airborne Radar Systems and Techniques group at MIT Lincoln Laboratory, you will work on high-performance sensor systems as part of a team with diverse technical backgrounds. We prototype radar and imaging sensors for wide-area surveillance, and work to mature algorithms to detect small objects in challenging environments. Projects typically involve a mix of hardware and software development, as well as algorithm design. Teams work together to understand foundational physical principles, design and build one-of-a-kind sensor systems, architect and execute flight test data collections, develop and integrate novel processing techniques, and explore advanced countermeasures that degrade sensor performance. Staff projects typically partner across the Department of Defense to transition work onto platforms that operate around the globe, and perform impactful and relevant missions.



  • Collaborate with experienced engineers to design and develop cutting-edge radar hardware solutions, contributing to enhanced performance and capabilities.
  • Gain hands-on experience in the assembly, testing, and troubleshooting of radar hardware components and systems.
  • Participate in the evaluation of new technologies and components for radar applications.
  • Contribute to the design and implementation of radar hardware prototypes.
  • Opportunity to work on the integration of hardware components with software systems.
  • Present your contributions and findings to your peers.



  • Enrollment in a degree program related to Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Physics, or a related field.
  • Interest in radar hardware design, including topics such as RF components, analog/digital circuits, and PCB layout.
  • Basic understanding of hardware testing methodologies and equipment.
  • Strong problem-solving skills and a willingness to learn from experienced engineers.
  • Familiarity with CAD tools for schematic capture and PCB design (e.g., Altium, Eagle) is optional but advantageous.
  • Effective communication skills and a collaborative mindset.
  • Passion for innovation and a desire to contribute to the advancement of radar technology.


At MIT Lincoln Laboratory, we celebrate diversity and encourage applications from candidates of all backgrounds. This internship offers a fantastic opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience and play a role in shaping radar hardware solutions. If you're a forward-thinking student with a passion for hardware engineering, we look forward to receiving your application!


Selected candidate will be subject to a pre-employment background investigation and must be able to obtain and maintain a Secret level DoD security clearance.


MIT Lincoln Laboratory is an Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, veteran status, disability status, or genetic information; U.S. citizenship is required.


Requisition ID: 40606 

Nearest Major Market: Boston

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