Virtual Reality Software Development Intern (Research and Development Engineering Intern)

Penn State University

University Park Campus
Date Announced:
Date Closing:
open until filled
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Applied Research Laboratory
Visualization Technology


The Visualization Technology Department of the Synthetic Environment Applications Lab (SEALab, is seeking undergraduate students for software development internships with a focus in creating 3D immersive Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) experiences for desktop applications, Head Mounted Displays (e.g. Oculus Rift, HTC Vive), and large format projection displays such as CAVEs. The SEALab applies existing computer graphics technology (hardware and software) to sponsor-specific visualization needs by creating interactive 3D immersive environments. The lab maintains a variety of display systems and associated VR peripherals such as six degrees of freedom tracking systems, handheld controllers, and motion capture technology. One example of the development work done at the SEALab is the VR walkthrough of the PSU Pegula Ice Arena. The SEALab CAVE was used to conduct interactive design reviews prior to construction. ( Students studying Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or Information Sciences and Technology are encouraged to apply. The successful candidates will have an understanding of the fundamentals in Object Oriented design and implementation using C# and C++; strong math skills in 3D geometry, trigonometry, and linear algebra; experience with a 3D graphics API (DirectX or OpenGL is helpful); an understanding of the graphics pipeline; experience with a 3D rendering and simulation engine (Unity 3D preferred) and 3D modeling software such as Blender, Sketchup, Maya, or 3ds Max; and an interest in 3D visualization and/or game development. The successful candidate will work up to 20 hours/week during the fall and spring semesters and 40 hours/week over the summer. This is a paid internship located at the University Park campus; relocation and housing are not provided. Candidates selected will be subject to a government security investigation. You must be a U.S. citizen to apply. Employment with the Applied Research Laboratory will require successful completion of a pre-employment drug screen.

These salary bands have been established to provide salary guidelines for staff positions.

Salary Band Minimum Midpoint Maximum
A $16,584 $24,456 $32,328
B $18,240 $26,904 $35,556
C $19,728 $29,592 $39,456
D $21,708 $32,568 $43,416
E $24,312 $36,468 $48,612
F $27,228 $40,848 $54,456
G $30,012 $45,744 $61,500
H $34,188 $52,140 $70,080
I $38,988 $59,424 $79,908
J $43,716 $67,740 $91,812
K $50,712 $78,600 $106,488
L $58,836 $91,176 $123,528
M $68,232 $105,756 $143,292
N $80,508 $124,788 $169,068
O $93,492 $147,252 $201,024
P $110,340 $173,760 $237,192
Q $126,396 $199,056 $271,728
R $151,668 $238,872 $326,088