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Internship, Materials Engineering (Fall 2024)



20d ago

  • Internship
    Off-cycle Internship
  • Engineering
  • Palo Alto, +2

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  • You should be studying Materials Science or related, skilled in 3D CAD/Simulation tools, and have a deep understanding of material properties to excel in this Fall 2024 Materials Engineering internship at Tesla.
  • You will support various engineering teams at Tesla, working on projects ranging from additive manufacturing and coatings to polymers and materials testing. Collaborate with cross-functional teams, troubleshoot issues, and contribute to innovative design solutions.


  • Currently pursuing a degree in Materials Science or a related field
  • Proficient in 3D CAD tools and/or Simulation tools (CATIA, Solidworks, Delmia, and Witness or similar such as TC, Process Designer, Process Simulate would be considered an advantage)
  • Strong fundamental understanding of mechanical, thermal, electrical, and physical properties of materials


  • Qualified applicants may be reviewed by one or more of the following teams:
  • Additive Engineering, Die Shop:
  • The die shop team is seeking an Additive Engineer intern. You will work with other engineers and technicians in support of the hands-on operation of Additive Manufacturing (AM) machines and post-processing. You will closely collaborate with tool design engineers to develop and optimize parts to leverage additive manufacturing technology. This candidate will work to characterize fabricated parts to understand defects and mechanical properties such as Charpy, Tensile test, and metallography. They will monitor, troubleshoot and correct issues associated with process or equipment. Experience in Catia, NX, Magics, 3DXperts, NTop preferred.
  • Manufacturing Engineering, Coatings:
  • The Coatings team is seeking a Manufacturing Engineering Intern. You will work with other engineers in support of the design and develop technically complex processes for finishing/coating our products; which includes process development, specification and validation, establishing and optimization of critical process parameters, design for anufacturing, equipment specification and design, as well as installation and commissioning. The candidate will work closely with internal cross-functional teams, external vendors and technology partners on process development from concept to production. Seeking candidates who have experience in developing, executing and interpreting results of Design of Experiments (DOE); familiar with Catia, SolidWorks, Inventor, and/or AutoCAD; and interested working with or developing functional/aesthetic finishing processes, including but not limited to: Automotive Paint and Powder Coating, Thin Film Coating (eg. PVD, CVD, PECVD), Thermal Spray Coating, Dip Coating and Surface Finishing (eg. Sanding/Graining, Laser Texturing, etc.).
  • Materials Engineer, Polymers:
  • The polymers team is seeking an intern with a solid foundation in polymer chemistry and a deep understanding of the structure-performance relationships of polymers. The ideal candidate should possess knowledge in one or more of the following areas: paint, coatings, adhesives, soft goods, or structural plastics (thermoplastics). Additional proficiency in coding, particularly with Python and Matlab is a plus.
  • Materials Test team:
  • The Materials Test Team is part of the Materials Engineering organization and gets involved with almost all aspects of materials level testing performed at Tesla. Activities encompass a broad spectrum of materials, including metals, polymers, textiles, adhesives, and ceramics. The scope of testing is similarly broad, spanning standardized validation testing, investigative material characterization for manufacturing troubleshooting and creating new tests and characterization capabilities to develop custom materials faster. As an intern on the Materials Test Team, you will take on the role of a Materials Test Engineer and be given ownership of a technical project focused on one of the growing needs within the team. Seeking candidates who are familiar with materials testing and characterization, have experience working with or around hazardous materials, and a willingness to promote health and safety.
  • Fastener Engineering:
  • You will be an integral part of Fastener Engineering organization, pursuing our mission to provide Fasteners, Processes and Joining methods that equip Tesla's Engineers and Manufacturing Facilities with a competitive advantage in their mission to design and produce products that accelerate the world to sustainable energy. You will work closely with our engineering teams in the early phases of design to suggest and implement the best joining methods for systems to control assembly time, cost and process are as lean as possible from the start. Experience selecting fasteners, analyzing, and optimizing bolted joints would be a plus.
  • Mechancial Design Engineer, Castings:
  • As an intern Mechanical Design Engineer, you will play a crucial role in supporting our castings team. Your responsibilities will include designing, manufacturing, installing, launching, and enhancing high-pressure die casting dies (tooling). You’ll collaborate with cross-functional teams to gather requirements for new die designs and then proceed to specify, engineer, and design the mechanical aspects (Solid Mechanics, Fluid Dynamics, Heat Transfer) related to high-pressure die casting. Experience with CATIA V5/V6 and SolidWorks would be advantageous.


When does the internship start and how long does it last?

The internship is expected to start around August 2024 and continue through the entire Fall term (i.e. through December 2024) or into Spring 2025 if available. A minimum of 12 weeks, full-time and on-site work is required for most internships.

What locations are possible for this internship?

Possible locations for this internship include Palo Alto, CA; Fremont, CA; and Austin, TX.

What are the qualifications needed for this internship?

Candidates should be currently pursuing a degree in Materials Science or a related field. Proficiency in 3D CAD tools and/or Simulation tools (such as CATIA, Solidworks, Delmia) is required. A strong fundamental understanding of mechanical, thermal, electrical, and physical properties of materials is also necessary.

What are the benefits of being a full-time Tesla Intern?

As a full-time Tesla Intern, you will be eligible for benefits such as healthcare plans, dental and vision coverage, 401(k) options, life and disability insurance, employee assistance programs, paid time off, commuter benefits, employee discounts, and more.

Tesla’s mission is to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy.

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Tesla’s mission is to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy through increasingly affordable electric vehicles in addition to renewable energy generation and storage. California-based Tesla is committed to having the best-in-class in safety, performance, and reliability in all Tesla cars. There are currently over 275,000 Model S, Model X and Model 3 vehicles on the road worldwide. To achieve a sustainable energy future, Tesla also created infinitely scalable energy products: Powerwall, Powerpack and Solar Roof. As the world’s only vertically integrated energy company, Tesla continues to innovate, scale and reduce the costs of commercial and grid-scale systems, with the goal of ultimately getting us to 100% renewable energy grids.