Electrical Engineering Intern
Synapse Product Development utilizes the talents of engaged and excellence-focused engineers, project managers, and business operations professionals to collaborate on creative and cutting-edge product development solutions for the world’s leading companies. Synapsters embrace the opportunity to work on a variety of challenging projects, find fun in solving hard problems with great coworkers, and understand the value of cross-discipline collaboration to provide stellar client service. Synapse supports an environment of openness and trust where employees work hard to get the job done and still have time to maintain active and meaningful lives.
About Synapse’s Seattle Office
Synapse’s headquarters in the heart of downtown Seattle maintains many of the hallmarks of the company’s start-up roots. The dog-friendly open office environment buzzes with activity, and employees are just as likely to solve problems over the ping-pong table as at the white board. With more than one hundred employees at this work site, Seattle Synapsters maintain the traditions of Wednesday Lunch, a weekly catered meal when the entire office comes together to celebrate successes and navigate shared challenges; Social:30, where Synapsters are welcome to unwind every other Friday afternoon; and a variety of social events in which family and friends are invited to join in on the fun.
Internships at Synapse
Synapse’s interns assist engineers in designing cool, innovative products for the consumer and industrial spaces, providing support to a multidisciplinary team of software, electrical, mechanical, quality assurance, and new product introduction engineers. Whether assisting with a schematic design, helping with CAD and mechanical drawings, or contributing to the development of embedded firmware and software code bases, Synapse interns bring an attitude of fun, flexibility, and fearlessness to an ever-changing array of exciting design challenges.
Synapse interns participate in lively collaboration, so they are equally comfortable communicating as they are contemplating. They demonstrate the willingness to jump from task to task or even from project to project, sometimes on a daily basis. Synapse interns are always learning—and can even be the ones to teach from time to time: the opportunity to be a listener and a leader exists for Synapsters at every level. Synapse interns are not only willing to understand Synapse’s organizational environment but also demonstrate a curiosity about the clients’ operations and goals as well. They approach each challenge with the eagerness to learn, sense of humor, friendly attitude, and mutual respect that make working at Synapse as enjoyable as it is rewarding.
The application deadline for this internship is June 30th, 2022. Fall internships start in late August or early September and are approximately three to four months in duration.
We are looking for bright, motivated junior, senior year engineering students and recent grads, up to 1 year post graduation, who want to apply themselves to product design engineering, prototyping, and hands-on testing in the lab. You can expect to be completely immersed in product development including contact with our clients and vendors. We want people who are fast learners, enjoy working on teams, are creative problem solvers, are strong communicators, and know when to ask for help to get jobs done quickly.
We try to involve our EE Interns in all stages of the product development process:
- Brainstorming creative design solutions for engineering challenges
- Helping our electrical engineering team with schematic part creation and schematic design
- Working with our electrical engineers and in house layout team on PCB layout
- Management of PCB part ordering, fabrication, and assembly
- Testing and tracking electrical PCBs and components for prototype builds
- Assisting our electrical engineering team with detailed validation testing
Interns will benefit from having the following interests/experience/abilities:
- Embedded system design course work including: sensors, microcontroller based systems, mixed signal systems (Analog, Digital, RF)
- Experience with PCB design (OrCAD, Altium, Eagle, Allegro, etc.)
- Experience prototyping circuits (breadboard assembly, soldering surface mount components, etc.)
- Experience with lab test equipment including oscilloscopes, power supplies, signal generators, etc.
- Strong communication skills and a desire to work in small and large multidisciplinary teams
- Minimum Qualifications:
- Enrollment in Computer/Electrical Engineering program from accredited school (recent grads encouraged to apply too)
- Authorized to work in the U.S. without sponsorship from the company
We strongly encourage you to upload your portfolio in the application section labeled ‘Other’.
A portfolio should exemplify your skills and show projects you have worked on inside or outside of class. It should be a presentation of you and your experiences as it relates to the job qualifications. In lieu of a portfolio, you may submit a writing sample (for example, a presentation or paper from coursework).
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Synapse is an Equal Opportunity Employer (“EOE”). We value diversity and strive to promote an inclusive culture. We are committed to a work environment that respects and supports individuals and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type and affords equal employment opportunities to employees and applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability status, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.