Software Engineering Internship, Diagnostics  At Tesla


Job CategoryVehicle Software
LocationPALO ALTO, California
Req. ID221265
Job TypeIntern/Apprentice

What to Expect

Consider before applying: This position is expected to start around Aug/Sep and continue through Dec/Jan. Internships are in-person for 40 hours a week for a minimum of 12 weeks. Please consider before submitting an application.

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

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

About the Team

At Tesla, Service Engineering exists uniquely at the intersection of firmware/hardware design, service, diagnostics, manufacturing, quality, and reliability. Service Engineering multiplies efforts of service in the areas of diagnostics, repairs, and maintenance, while simultaneously reducing the need for each. Our mission is to ensure that customers’ vehicles are diagnosed accurately, reliably, and as quickly as possible with the feedback mechanisms to enable continuous improvement of diagnostics. Our vision is to have a diagnostic strategy and software that ensures our vehicles do not have to come to service for diagnosis.

What You’ll Do

  • Build out and maintain highly available mission-critical applications and dashboards with appealing visual designs
  • Contribute to the full software lifecycle including design, development of backend and frontend, documentation, testing, deployment, and maintenance
  • Contribute to our goals of improving diagnostic simplicity, meeting regulatory compliance and building proactive diagnostic systems
  • Improve and maintain our web-based diagnostics platform
  • Debug issues in production, root cause and apply fixes in timely manner
  • Participate in architectural improvements to support our growing user base
  • Improve application security
  • Improve reliability, scalability and performance of Tesla’s diagnostic platform

What You’ll Bring

  • Currently pursuing a degree in Computer Science, Engineering, or a related field
  • Demonstrated ability with SQL and comprehension of complex relational database schemas
  • Experience with frontend languages, libraries, and JS frameworks (e.g. HTML/ CSS, JavaScript, Node.js, React, Redux)
  • Experience with backend languages, libraries, and frameworks (e.g. Python, Golang, Django, Flask)
  • Previous experience with Rest APIs and building them from scratch
  • Attention to Detail
  • Proven ability to work across the stack in a fast-paced environment
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills required
  • Ability to work well with others in a collaborative team environment
  • A passion for sustainable energy
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

$36.06 – $50.48 + 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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