Internship, Electrical Design Engineer, Vehicle Engineering (Fall 2024)

    • Tesla Motors
  • Palo Alto, CA
  • Posted 53 days ago | Updated 2 days ago


On Site
USD 20.00 per hour
Full Time


Digital circuit design
Electrical engineering
Heavy equipment
Employment authorization
Palo Alto
Safety management
Power electronics
Thermal management
Electronic engineering
Test equipment
PCB design
Failure analysis
Certification and accreditation
Lean methodology
Computer hardware
Mechanical engineering
Software development
Health care

Job Details

What to Expect

Consider before submitting an application:

This position is expected to start in-person around August or September 2024 and continue through the entire fall term (i.e. through end of 2024) or into early 2025 if available. We ask for a minimum of 12 weeks, full-time and on-site, for most internships. Please consider before submitting an application.

International Students: If your work authorization is through CPT, please consult your school on your ability to work 40 hours per week before applying. You must be able to work 40 hours per week on-site. Many students will be limited to part-time during the academic year.

Internship Program at Tesla

The Internship Recruiting Team is driven by the passion to recognize and develop emerging talent. Our year-round program places the best students in positions where they will grow technically, professionally, and personally through their experience working closely with their Manager, Mentor, and team. We are dedicated to providing an experience that allows the intern to experience life at Tesla by including them in projects that are critical to their team's success.

Multiple Locations Possible: Palo Alto, CA; Fremont, CA

What You?ll Do

Your application will be considered across all opportunities for the teams listed below:

Battery Electronics

  • Tesla's Battery Electronics (BE) team is hiring an Electrical Design Engineer to design state-of-the-art High-Voltage-Controller (HVC) PCBs for Tesla's lineup of automotive and energy products. These PCBs perform safety management, battery management & charge control functions that are critical to the operation of the overall high voltage system. As a member of the BE team, you will collaborate with cross-functional teams to design HVCs from concept to mass production. You will contribute new technology ideas, design proof of concepts, and be responsible for end-to-end ownership of best-in-class HVC designs across our vehicle and energy product lineup.

Interiors Engineering

  • Tesla is looking to hire a rock-star engineer to push the boundaries of lighting, switches and haptics technology. Working alongside the most creative and resourceful designers and engineers in the world on a lean and agile team, you will design, simulate, implement, and debug systems and circuits used in Tesla vehicles and related HWs. You will experiment with and develop novel solutions to the myriad of complex electrical problems in interior systems. You will work closely with cross functional hardware and software engineers on exploration and definition of advanced systems. You will own the electrical design from prototype to production. You should have extensive experience in complex PCBA development integrating processors, sensors and lighting.

Drive Inverter

  • The Drive Inverter team designs the power electronics that move Tesla's cars - quickly, efficiently, and reliably. Delivering hundreds of kilowatts of power from the battery to the motor, the drive inverter integrates high voltage power electronics, low voltage circuits, controls, functional safety, thermal management, and mechanical packaging. Electronic Design Engineers on the Drive Inverter team deliver component designs to ensure the system-level performance of the industry's highest production volume traction inverters.

What You?ll Bring

  • Currently pursuing a degree in Electrical Engineering or a related field
  • Familiarity in test equipment such as impedance analyzer, oscilloscope, network analyzer, probing techniques, power supplies and multimeters
  • Familiarity in a major programming language such as C++, Python, Matlab, LTSpice, Altium

  • Used at least one PCB design software as part of academic project or coursework
  • Strong understanding of analog, digital circuit design and high voltage power electronics design
  • Experience with low voltage or high voltage and/or high frequency power domain is a plus
  • Experience with working in a lab setting and having used modern measurement techniques is a plus
  • Fundamental knowledge of batteries, and/or solar especially in conjunction with electronics is a plus
  • Hands on experience with soldering, quick prototyping, PCBA rework, troubleshooting and failure analysis
  • Excellent grasp of engineering fundamentals

Compensation and Benefits


As a full-time Tesla Intern, you will be eligible for:
  • Aetna PPO and HSA plans > 2 medical plan options with $0 payroll deduction
  • Family-building, fertility, adoption and surrogacy benefits
  • Dental (including orthodontic coverage) and vision plans. Both have an option with a $0 payroll contribution
  • Company Paid (Health Savings Account) HSA Contribution when enrolled in the High Deductible Medical Plan with HSA
  • Healthcare and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)
  • LGBTQ+ care concierge services
  • 401(k), Employee Stock Purchase Plans, and other financial benefits
  • Company Paid Basic Life, AD&D, and short-term disability insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Sick time after 90 days of employment and Paid Holidays
  • Back-up childcare and parenting support resources
  • Voluntary benefits to include: critical illness, hospital indemnity, accident insurance, theft & legal services, and pet insurance
  • Commuter benefits
  • Employee discounts and perks program

    • Expected Compensation

      $20.00 - $50.00 + benefits
      Pay offered may vary depending on multiple individualized factors, including market location, job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. The total compensation package for this position may also include other elements dependent on the position offered. Details of participation in these benefit plans will be provided if an employee receives an offer of employment.