Facebook Research Intern, Interaction Design (MFA / MS / MDES Graduate Student) in Redmond, Washington


Facebook's mission is to give people the power to build community and bring the world closer together. Through our family of apps and services, we're building a different kind of company that connects billions of people around the world, gives them ways to share what matters most to them, and helps bring people closer together. Whether we're creating new products or helping a small business expand its reach, people at Facebook are builders at heart. Our global teams are constantly iterating, solving problems, and working together to empower people around the world to build community and connect in meaningful ways. Together, we can help people build stronger communities - we're just getting started.


Oculus Research is looking for an intern to help us to invent technologies for interacting with augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) devices. You will explore ways users can interact in AR/VR using a variety of input and output methods and study the user implications of them. Your design work will inform further development and research for the novel methodologies the team is developing in order to interact with virtual as well as real world in VR and AR applications. You will work with world-leading collaborators and mentors in the AR/VR & HCI fields.

This internship is sixteen (16) to twenty-four (24) weeks long and we have various start dates throughout the year.

Required Skills:

  1. Design the detailed interactions, end to to end scenarios and user testing protocols for various interaction methods

  2. Envision and design for use cases that especially demonstrate multimodal interactions - both input and output and analyze the tech requirements for the same

  3. Explore and analyze pros and cons of various user interactions in the context of VR/AR applications

  4. Work with prototyping and user testing / research teams to draw meaningful conclusions that can inform further research and development

Minimum Qualifications:

  1. MFA or MS or MDES candidate in Design, human-computer interaction, or related field.

  2. Excellent design skills involving use case definitions, wire-framing, and defining detailed user facing as well as technology requirements

  3. Penchant for quick prototyping with novel methods to demonstrate design ideas

  4. Familiarity with user testing and research methodologies

  5. Interpersonal skills: cross-group and cross-culture collaboration

  6. Able to obtain work authorization in the US in 2018.

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Understanding of technology for inputs such as speech, gesture tracking, eye gaze tracking etc

  2. Experience designing or evaluating non-conventional multi-modal interfaces

Industry: Internet

Equal Opportunity: Facebook is proud to be an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. We do not discriminate based upon race, religion, color, national origin, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, or related medical conditions), sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, transgender status, sexual stereotypes, age, status as a protected veteran, status as an individual with a disability, or other applicable legally protected characteristics. We also consider qualified applicants with criminal histories, consistent with applicable federal, state and local law. Facebook is committed to providing reasonable accommodations for candidates with disabilities in our recruiting process. If you need any assistance or accommodations due to a disability, please let us know at accommodations-ext@fb.com.