Human-Centered Applied Behavioral Science Intern

Toyota Research Institute

Toyota Research Institute

Los Altos, CA, USA
Posted on Saturday, November 18, 2023
At Toyota Research Institute (TRI), we’re on a mission to improve the quality of human life. We’re developing new tools and capabilities to amplify the human experience. To lead this transformative shift in mobility, we’ve built a world-class team in Robotics, Human-Centered AI, Human Interactive Driving, and Energy & Materials.
This is a Summer 2024 paid 12-week internship opportunity. Please note that this internship will be a hybrid in-office role.
The Mission
This internship opportunity falls within the Carbon Neutrality Department in the Human-Centered AI Division (HCAI). At the core of our research, we aim to understand, simulate, and shape carbon-neutral behaviors and the technology that enables them.
The Team
We are an integrated team of behavioral scientists, machine learning researchers, and human-computer interaction experts. Our Applied Behavioral Scientists bridge our research with the next generation of Toyota products and strategy.
The Internship
We are looking for an Applied Behavioral Science intern with methodological expertise in experimental design and data analysis and topical expertise in at least one of the following areas: Decision-making, behavior change, or intervention development and testing, especially in the context of carbon neutrality.
We will match the interns with mentors based on their experience. Over the course of the project, in addition to Carbon Neutrality group meetings, you will also participate in all Human-Centered AI Division meetings. You will be exposed to how interdisciplinary industrial research works and learn from our team and the other interns in our division. Furthermore, you will engage in strategy discussions about how your internship research project connects to business impact at Toyota.
Our goal is that you end the summer with work that informs internal strategy and may be publishable in an academic journal or conference.


  • Scope a research project to align with our Carbon Neutrality Applied Behavioral Science efforts
  • Be the primary driver of the technical plan (e.g., study design, model development, analysis plan) with regular feedback from mentors
  • Implement the project using TRI resources
  • Present the project’s approach and findings in research meetings to the Carbon Neutral Department, the HCAI Division, and TRI, as well as to team members from Toyota business groups


  • Enrolled in a PhD degree program
  • Track record of performing research projects from start to finish
  • Desire to work on challenging, open-ended research projects
  • Desire to be part of a highly interdisciplinary team, and an understanding of how this will improve your work
  • Desire to apply research skills and findings to real-world problems
  • Demonstrated ability to work autonomously while soliciting feedback
  • Interested in the topic space of carbon neutrality, electrified vehicles, and behavior change
Please add a link to Google Scholar and include a full list of publications when submitting your CV to this position.
The pay range for this position at commencement of employment is expected to be between $45 and $65/hour for California-based roles; however, base pay offered may vary depending on multiple individualized factors, including market location, job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. Note that TRI offers a generous benefits package including vacation and sick time. Details of participation in these benefit plans will be provided if an employee receives an offer of employment.
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