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Draper Hardware Design & Development Fall Co-Op in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Draper is an independent, nonprofit research and development company headquartered in Cambridge, MA. The 1,800 employees of Draper tackle important national challenges with a promise of delivering successful and usable solutions. From military defense and space exploration to biomedical engineering, lives often depend on the solutions we provide. Our multidisciplinary teams of engineers and scientists work in a collaborative environment that inspires the cross-fertilization of ideas necessary for true innovation. For more information about Draper, visit

Our work is very important to us, but so is our life outside of work. Draper supports many programs to improve work-life balance including workplace flexibility, employee clubs ranging from photography to yoga, health and finance workshops, off site social events and discounts to local museums and cultural activities. If this specific job opportunity and the chance to work at a nationally renowned R&D innovation company appeals to you, apply now

Equal Employment Opportunity

Draper is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. We understand the value of diversity and its impact on a high-performance culture. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran status, or genetic information.

Draper is committed to providing access, equal opportunity and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities in employment, its services, programs, and activities. To request reasonable accommodation, please contact

The Electronics & Embedded Systems division of Draper is looking to fill multiple co-op positions across various groups within the Hardware Design & Development Directorate. Successful candidates are self-starters and team-players with a desire to learn new things and advance technology while working with our results oriented teams. This position will directly impact the national security of the United States of America and push the boundaries of what is technically possible.

Successful candidates will be matched with an appropriate team based on their skills and experience. Summer Interns have the opportunity to work with senior technical staff on various programs and will be expected to effectively communicate their work both orally and in written memos and presentations. As a student you will participate in all aspects of the product development process including design and prototyping, analysis and simulation, and modeling and test. You may work on various system types including the following:

  • RF and communication systems including transceivers, antennas, microwave circuits, magnetometers, and other electromagnetic sensors

  • Instrumentation electronics including low-noise operational amplifiers, analog to digital & digital to analog converters, and analog filtering

  • State-of-the-art accelerometers, gyroscopes, bio-electronics and novel sensors in various form factors including MEMS.

  • Layout, routing, and integration of Printed Circuit Boards

  • Digital systems that utilize FPGAs, Microcontrollers and ASICs to implement algorithms for signal, image, and data processing

Candidates will be matched to a group based on their relevant experience and interests. Below is a list of broad qualifications sought across the division. Candidates are not expected to have every skill listed but should have experience with two or more of the following:

  • Scripting and modeling in MATLAB, Simulink, Labview, etc.

  • Simulation tools such as SPICE, CST, COMSOL, and ANSYS HFSS/SIwave

  • Digital/FPGA design tools, such as Xilinx Vivado and Microsemi Libero

  • Board & chip design tool sets, such as Cadence and Mentor Graphics

  • Signal integrity, layout, and grounding design principles

  • Digital signal processing, classical controls, and/or modern controls

  • Hands on experience in digital and/or analog electronics design, test, and debug

ID: 2021-5134

External Company Name: The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory Inc