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Electrical Engineering Intern - Fall 2018

| Seattle

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; Beer: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 demonstrates 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 July 1st, 2018. Fall internships start in September and are approximately four months in duration.


  • Brainstorm creative design solutions for engineering challenges
  • Help the electrical engineering team with schematic part creation and schematic design
  • Work with electrical engineers and in-house layout team on PCB layout
  • Manage PCB part ordering, fabrication, and assembly
  • Test and track PCBs and components for prototype builds
  • Assist the electrical engineering team with detailed validation testing

Required Qualifications

  • Enrollment in or recent graduation from an Electrical/Computer Engineering program from an accredited school
  • Authorization to work in the U.S.

Desired Skills and Experience

  • Embedded system design course work, including sensors, microcontroller-based systems, and 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


Applicants are strongly encouraged to upload a portfolio in the appropriate application section.

The 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 they relate to the job qualifications. In lieu of a portfolio, you may submit a writing sample (for example, a presentation or paper from coursework).


We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, age, marital status, veteran status, or disability status.

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