Audi Future Mobility Practicum Looking Into EV; For US Students

Audi is recruiting some of America’s brightest undergraduates to take part in a unique student program that will address future mobility concerns of megacities around the world.

Audi explained its Future of Mobility Practicum will initially engage 12 students in a six-week practicum next summer at AUDI AG headquarters in Ingolstadt, Germany. Those finalists will explore, per Audi, innovative concepts of how cars will be used in the more densely packed and chaotic urban environments expected to arise a generation from now.

The program will be modeled on existing Audi internship programs, but will be available only to U.S.-based undergraduate students pursuing degrees in fields such as engineering, design and computer science.

Audi said the goal of the program is to investigate future automotive opportunities in topics as wide ranging as Big Data, sensors, electric vehicles, safety engineering and urban planning.

At the end of the six-week practicum, two students with the most inventive concepts will be offered a six-month internship to further develop their ideas with the Audi Technical Development team in Germany.

“Societies around the world have enjoyed great benefits from personal transportation,” said Peter Kainz, Head of Pre-development Vehicle Concepts at AUDI AG. “At the same time, navigating through the world’s burgeoning urban areas has become more stressful, chaotic and time consuming. Our aim is to begin tackling this reality with creative insights from America’s best young minds.”

The application period for undergraduate students interested in the Audi Future Mobility Practicum opened October 25, 2013 and closes November 30, 2013. The 12 finalists for next summer’s six-week fellowship will be selected in December 2013 and announced at CES in January 2014.

Full details on the practicum, including how to apply, are available at www.AudiFutureMobility.de. Audi said interested undergraduates are encouraged to submit a creative multimedia brief to bolster their applications.