Vehicle Software Validation Internship (Summer 2023)

Tesla Palo Alto, California
software software validation software team firmware test hardware infrastructure design intern tools automation engineering
March 23, 2023
Palo Alto, California
What To Expect

Disclaimer: This position is expected to start around May or June 2023 and continue through the entire Summer term (i.e. through August/September) or into early Fall 2023 if available. We ask for a minimum of 12 weeks, full-time, in-person. 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. Again, please do not apply until you know you can work 40 hours per week. 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.

  • Fremont, CA
  • Palo Alto, CA

  • What You ll Do Qualified applicants may be reviewed by one or more of the following teams:
  • Authentication & Keys: Interns on this team would be doing software development for test infrastructure on our Authentication and Keys Team in the scope of Vehicle Software. Vehicle access control is a critical user facing system providing cutting edge user experiences like auto presenting doors, phone key and cloud key management. It is both crucial and challenging to design exhaustive test plans that exercise the full gamut of user behaviors and failure modes. It is also closely linked with the growing needs of autonomy and vehicle access needs. You will be challenged to think out of the box to bring up validation infrastructure while maintaining scalability, reliability, and efficiency. Come join a team of deeply knowledgeable engineers that strive to build the most robust and reliable embedded systems using cutting edge software development tools and practices.
  • Factory Firmware: This is a hybrid position requiring both system-level automation & validation with a focus on integrating vehicle firmware into manufacturing environments. The core responsibility of this role is to oversee testing and advise on the firmware (or change) quality leveraging our validation tools, analyze the data find trends, provide feedback to R&D engineering, work with the validation team to improve automation pipelines, and execute regression testing at the component, subsystem, and vehicle levels prior to firmware release into manufacturing. The scope of responsibility includes some software development, hands-on design of HIL and SIL systems, attention to detail, and ensuring safe and quality firmware to support manufacturing requirements.
  • Low Voltage: Interns will help develop methods to simulate vehicle, environmental, and user behaviors at system-level to guide future product development and raise the quality of existing firmware releases. This is an opportunity to work in an innovative automation lab environment with a team dedicated to building software, hardware, and mechanical solutions to automate system-level tests. The ideal candidate is proficient in Python, system-level troubleshooting, automation tools, hardware debug/design, and firmware development. Areas we cover include Low Voltage Network Management, Lithium-Ion and Lead-Acid Battery Management, Functional Safety Concepts, and Security and Authentication.
  • Body Controls: The body controls firmware team is responsible for firmware, sensing, and controls of mechatronics systems in Tesla vehicles. These systems include falcon wing doors, seats, liftgates, windows, latches, wipers, mirrors, various sensing systems, interior and exterior lighting, and control of other small motors in the vehicle. The team is small, passionate, and fast moving. As a validation intern you will design exhaustive automated test cases that run in both software and hardware in the loop test fixtures. This work requires collaborating with software, hardware, and integration engineers. Your test cases will be added to a suite of regression tests you will help maintain and execute to validate each release of vehicle software. To assist with test execution, you will develop and maintain test infrastructure that automates test execution, result collection, and result analysis.
  • Passive Safety: The Passive Safety Firmware team is looking for a Validation Intern to design and maintain a Hardware in the Loop (HIL) tester, as well as: develop validation software, test cases, infrastructure, and tools to validate safety-critical embedded firmware and application software. You will support software releases, sign off on regression tests, design the infrastructure to execute these tests, and work with a world-class team to deliver high-quality software releases. This is a unique opportunity to build innovative infrastructure, tooling, automation, validation systems, and more while applying your creativity without constraints!
  • Systems Validation: Tesla s Systems Validation Team is seeking interns who will be responsible for ensuring firmware for new vehicle features and new hardware are designed, implemented and tested to achieve Tesla s standards for safety and customer experience. The intern will develop robust validation strategies and deliver automated solutions to execute those strategies efficiently and repeatedly, thus enabling rapid iteration and evolution of Tesla s vehicle systems. Come join a team of deeply knowledgeable and motivated engineers that strive to build the most robust, performant and reliable vehicles in the world, using cutting edge software and hardware development tools and practices.

  • What You ll Bring
    • Currently working towards a BS, MS, or advanced degree in a relevant engineering program such as Software Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Mechatronics, or related field.
    • Experience with Python or other scripting languages and C and/or C++ for embedded systems.
    • Experience developing tests with reusable code.
    • Experience with electronic circuits and analysis, testing, and debugging microcontroller / embedded / electromechanical projects is a plus.
    • FSAE, Hyperloop or Solar Racing experience is a plus.
    • Ability to drive problems to solutions across different groups in the company.
    • Ability to develop test guidelines from specifications.
    • Understanding of hardware and software development processes
    • Experience shipping customer facing software and hardware is a plus.
    • Ability to use oscilloscopes, multimeters, and other electrical test instruments to support troubleshooting.


    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

    $36.06 - $50.48/hour + cash and stock awards + 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.

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