A first hand hand account, by our 17 year old High School Student: Gustavo De Leon-
"I go to a school in Southern California called High Tech High Chula Vista, and as part of our junior year academic requirements we are asked to participate in a month long academic internship. That way we can gain valuable real world work experience and to get a chance to see if our career goals are something we really want to commit to, or perhaps something we only liked in theory. I was lucky enough to secure an internship with 3D Robotics at their engineering offices in San Diego where I spent the last month working from 9am to 6pm.
My first project was to build an old quadcopter, something which I was told should take about a week, but instead I finished building it in the morning of my second day. It took another day or so to set it up with Mission Planner, and it wasn't until that Friday that I was able to go out and fly it, but I was off to a pretty fun start. I spent the next three weeks doing a little bit of everything. We spent a few days organizing the Flight Ops area, another week or so installing Go Pros and LEDs on X8s, and replacing autopilots and GPS units and diagnosing any issues.
My free time was spent on an abandoned project from a year ago, a one of a kind copter with eight arms and sixteen motors (in the X8 style). It took quite a bit of work to get going, including soldering a power module into the existing power connectors, but I was finally able to get flying on the final day of my internship.
All in all, it's been a fantastic experience, and I am not particularly looking forward to going back to school next week."
If you are interested in an internship with 3DR,