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Intern - Cognitive Systems Engineer

Intern – Associate Cognitive Systems Engineer
Our Cognitive Systems Engineering Team is changing the world of decision-making in human – machine interaction. We work on the forefront of decision technology, and we make a difference. We are recruiting revolutionary problem solvers to join our elite team.

We have intern opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students for 2023. Our intern program embraces the student as a fully contributing member of a project team with the developmental support of a mentor. Many regular fulltime employees at RCS started as an intern. Learn more about our unique, immersive, developmental intern program: RCS | Enabling Advanced Decisions ™ - Intern Program .

At RCS, our Cognitive Systems Engineering (CSE) Team builds revolutionary information systems that directly support decision-making in high stakes environments. Our projects are executed by creating both the concept and detailed designs for these systems. Our CSE team first analyzes the work domain through cognitive work analysis to reveal functional insights, which then serves as the cornerstone for the project. By focusing on the design of human-machine systems, our CSEs ensure that the systems work effectively for decision makers.  As part of the workflow process our CSEs work close with our talented group of software developers, providing specifications of information, visualization, and functionality requirements as guidance for their system development efforts.

You are smart, creative and have an interest in human behavior and engineering systems. You enjoy working in a team environment and find satisfaction in solving very difficult problems. You want to continue to learn and grow. You are motivated by work where you can make a difference in the world. 

Our Cognitive Systems Engineers come from diverse educational backgrounds that often include Engineering and/or Behavioral Sciences (Psychology).   Many CSEs have pursued their own education and career interests outside of traditional paths. Throughout their education they often sought out additional course work or assignments outside the standard curriculum, often crossing into other areas of study. They seek and enjoy the challenge of solving difficult, whole system problems encompassing multiple disciplines.

People who are motivated by meaningful work and are energized by the challenge to solve highly complex problems in a team environment are likely a good fit on our team. 


Associate Cognitive Systems Engineer (CSE) Interns are fully contributing members of our teams. From the very first day you will be integrated into a team working alongside and supported by seasoned level CSE experts. Our interns are fully immersed in our client project work using a team-based, collaborative approach following proven, time-tested methodologies.
We leverage the diverse background of our team members to develop robust, creative solutions to complex client challenges. 
A previous intern experience, “I learned more at RCS in two weeks than an entire semester at school.”   
The RCS experience is a unique, supportive, high performance, learning environment. RCS leaders put an emphasis on continued learning and professional development in a fast-paced nurturing environment. Our customers present challenging problems in high-stake situations, providing RCS employees with a chance to make a real impact in the world. The work we do here is meaningful and makes a difference. 
-         Weekly one on one meeting / discussion with the CEO.
-         You will participate in weekly structured group learning activities using case methods and problem-solving exercises led by the CEO and senior leaders.
-         Each intern has a mentor to help them grow.     
Learn more about our organization and career opportunities:

Candidates interested in learning more about an Intern opportunity with RCS are asked to submit a resume to:
ABOUT: RCS is focused on helping executives and analysts make smarter, faster decisions within high-stakes, fast-paced environments. We do this by combining two forms of intelligence that do not easily mesh: Human Intelligence and Computer Intelligence. We work with best-in-class organizations from around the world and across multiple industries including defense, finance, healthcare, and energy.

LOCATION: RCS is in Pittsburgh, PA, near major universities (Carnegie Mellon University, University of Pittsburgh, and others) minutes away from a thriving city center. We have easy access to some of the best entertainment and sports venues in the country and Pittsburgh is ranked as one of the most livable and affordable cities. Once a thriving steel town, Pittsburgh is now known as an incubator of technology and medical innovation. RCS uses a hybrid in-office and /or remote post-covid work model (including the intern program).

PEOPLE: Our people are passionate about changing the world! They know that their innovative solutions can save a person’s life, increase security, protect property, and better our communities. They help our clients improve their work-life by enabling them to make better, faster decisions.

CULTURE: We offer a culture that produces experts in an atmosphere where fun and hard work go together! We provide the fertile ground and freedom for personal and professional growth. We also believe in harnessing the power of group innovation and perspective. We encourage collaboration to help expand ideas and learning.

LEADERSHIPRCS is a veteran-owned consultancy under the senior leadership of William Elm, a CSE Fellow and pioneer in the field. Our leadership team encourages excellence through clear expectations while providing the freedom for innovation. We challenge the status quo and develop our people and trade with passion. We are leaders that can and do IMPROVE THE WORLD!

OTHER DUTIES: Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

AAP/EEO: RCS is an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
With a career at RCS, you will make a difference in the world by helping enterprises overcome decision-making complexity.
POSITION: Intern - Associate Cognitive Systems Engineer
CEO & LEADER:  William Elm
LOCATION: Pittsburgh, PA with virtual work options
CITIZENSHIP: Due to nature of the work performed within our facility, U.S. Citizenship is required.

Key Words: Cognitive Systems Engineering, Human Factors Engineers, Human Machine Teaming, Human Machine Interaction, User Experience, Cognitive Affordance, Decision Science, Data Science, Visual Analytics