Antenna Simulation, Electrical Hardware Intern – Rivian

Internship Posted on: April 24, 2023

Rivian is on a mission to keep the world adventurous forever. This goes for the emissions-free Electric Adventure Vehicles we build, and the curious, courageous souls we seek to attract.

As a company, we constantly challenge what’s possible, never simply accepting what has always been done. We reframe old problems, seek new solutions and operate comfortably in areas that are unknown. Our backgrounds are diverse, but our team shares a love of the outdoors and a desire to protect it for future generations.

This position is for an immediate need at University of Illinois’ Research Park, working as a Rivian employee on Rivian projects.

Rivian internships are experiences optimized for student candidates. To be eligible, you must be an undergraduate or graduate student in an accredited program during the internship term with an expected graduation date between Fall 2023 through Fall 2025.

Are you ready to join Rivian’s Electrical Hardware team? You will develop a strategy and process, with guidance, to better predict overall antenna performance in a vehicle!


  • Perform antenna performance simulation when the detailed antenna characteristics and/or locations and/pr vehicle dimensions are changed.
  • Design and simulate the performance of multiple antennas co-located in a specific volume with different scenarios of surrounding environment.
  • Process simulation data, and report findings to create a basis for future iterations.


  • Enrolled in a Bachelors, Master’s or PhD program from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign in Electrical, Mechanical or Manufacturing/Technical Engineering or Computer Science
  • Required knowledge in electromagnetic theory
  • Must have experience on antenna simulation using SW such as Ansys HFSS
  • Coding experience with Matlab or Python (or similar programming language, required.
  • Experience with RF measurements and equipment (spectrum, signal, analyzers, VNA) are preferred.
  • Must be located in Champaign, IL
  • Must be available for 10-20 hours per week in the Fall and Spring, and 40 hours in the Summer
  • Must be available for weekly task status update meetings, and monthly project status update calls.


Equal Opportunity

Rivian is an equal opportunity employer and complies with all applicable federal, state, and local fair employment practices laws. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information or characteristics, physical or mental disability, marital/domestic partner status, age, military/veteran status, medical condition, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Rivian is committed to ensuring that our hiring process is accessible for persons with disabilities. If you have a disability or limitation, such as those covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act, that requires accommodations to assist you in the search and application process, please email us at [email protected].

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