Robotics Mechanical Engineering Co-op

Cambridge, MA
Robotics – Dexterous Manipulation /
Intern /
At Toyota Research Institute (TRI), we’re on a mission to improve the quality of human life. We’re developing new tools and capabilities to amplify the human experience. To lead this transformative shift in mobility, we’ve built a world-class team in Robotics, Human-Centered AI, Human Interactive Driving, and Energy & Materials.

TRI Robotics is researching and developing innovative robot technologies to help people achieve new levels of independence and mobility in their daily lives. These technologies will revolutionize in-home assistive care and have significant potential to improve the quality of life for all people. For a glance at some of TRI's current work, please check out our YouTube channel here.

As part of TRI’s robotics division, our Whole-Body Manipulation Team is focused on developing hardware and software to demonstrate capable, contact-rich whole-body robotic object manipulation and human-robot interaction. Some of our work can be seen here on YouTube.

We are currently looking for a passionate Robotics Mechanical Engineering Co-op to make significant contributions, primarily to the Whole-body Manipulation team’s robot hardware development and testing. Please note that applicants must be available for a six-month onsite co-op. 


    • Design, fabricate, order, and assemble robotic systems and test spaces, including structural, electromechanical, and soft-sensing components.
    • Maintain regular contact with team members to support their needs and requirements.
    • Help maintain a safe, clean, and effective robotics lab environment.
    • Run, document, and clearly communicate testing activities, conditions, and results.
    • Occasional travel may be required.
    • Additional responsibilities may be assigned.


    • Engineering student (undergrad or master’s, any year).
    • Understanding of common robot sensors and mechanical components.
    • Experience using common rapid prototyping techniques and equipment.
    • Exposure to mechanical CAD software (e.g. Solidworks or Onshape).
    • Experience designing, executing, and summarizing system tests.
    • Desire to deploy and test robots both inside and outside of the lab.
    • Willingness to communicate and ask questions when in doubt.

Bonus Qualifications

    • Exposure to electrical CAD software (e.g. Altium) and electronics debugging.
    • University or work experience in a robotics lab or company.
    • Programming experience in MATLAB, Python, C++, or similar.
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