General Motors R&D – R&D Propulsion Systems Research Lab (Masters and PhD)


At GM, we look to move humanity forward. We translate breakthrough technologies into vehicles and experience that people love. It all starts with research and development. We are looking for R&D Interns to craft, design, and develop groundbreaking designs and concepts. In this internship, you will plan and execute collaborative research to generate new knowledge and sophisticated technology for our vehicles. Our culture of “Innovate Now” gives you the opportunity to be creative and implement designs that could possibly be driving around in the near future!

In Propulsion Systems Research (PSR) lab, you will have the opportunities to contribute to the research, innovation, and development of future electrification and propulsion technologies. These include but are not limited to architecture & battery management systems, traction & drive systems, energy management, charging & clean energy solutions, cabin experience and vehicle health management. We design and prototype proof-of-concept hardware for tomorrow’s vehicles. We also explore and develop models, controls and prognostics with cutting-edge big data / AI / ML technologies. Join our world-class research team today if you want to make positive impact to the lives of millions of people’s.

Some of the exemplar research topics in PSR lab are:

  • Battery & Systems Architecture
  • Power Electronics & Energy Conversion Systems
  • Electric Machine & Drive Systems
  • Propulsion Controls
  • Aerodynamics & Thermal Management
  • Diagnostics & Simulations
  • Vehicle Health Management, including Advanced Diagnostics and Prognostics
  • Strategic Energy & Mobility


  • Conduct research and/or experiments to collect required data and validate research ideas
  • Document and present results. Depending on the assignment, results could lead to external publications and/or intellectual property
  • Assist lab management in identifying mega trends in technology and business strategies in the automotive sector
  • Develop and execute specific research plans, including concept generation, development, implementation, and validation
  • Collaborate effectively with peers, management, operations groups, and outside organizations

Additional Description


  • Must be a second year Masters student or currently pursuing PhD
  • Preferred degree in science/engineering subject areas
  • Strong theoretical and experimental skills
  • Previous research work experience in development of design methodology and technology transfer
  • Ability to work both independently and in teams
  • Consistently demonstrate critical thinking and strong teamwork
  • Effective verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent persuasion, active listening, delegation, and leadership skills to work effectively with GM internal and external customers

Desired Skills:

  • Prior internship experience in automotive, technology, or manufacturing
  • Outstanding interpersonal and relationship management skills to effectively collaborate with varying levels of the organization as needed
  • Demonstrates leadership in field of study, extra-curricular activities or service organizations
  • Strong critical thinking and analytical skills, especially the ability to synthesize large amounts of data involving multiple variables into comprehensive, impactful insights
  • Willingness to ask questions, take initiative and be inventive
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills with the ability to distill sophisticated subjects to a wider audience
  • Emerging partnership and teamwork skills and ability to learn from and share knowledge with co-workers in a rapidly moving environment
  • High level of integrity, ability to deal with ambiguity, takes initiative/self-directed
  • Evidence of strong character with integrity, honesty, accountability and trust

The median salary range for this position in Colorado is $6800/month. Applicable salary ranges may differ across markets. Actual pay will be determined based on experience and other job-related factors permitted by law

GM will provide a one-time lump sum taxable stipend payment to each student selected for the 2022 Student Program

This is a hybrid position. Some remote working opportunities may be available depending on the role candidate is selected for. Some roles may require the individual to be onsite.

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