Cell Materials Engineering Internship (Summer 2023)

Palo Alto, CA

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What to Expect

Disclaimer: This position is expected to start around May 2023 and continue through the entire Summer term (i.e. through September) or into Fall 2023 if available. We ask for a minimum of 12 weeks, full-time, for most internships. 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.


Internship Program at Tesla 

The Internship Recruiting Team is driven by the passion to recognize emerging talent. Our year around 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 given them projects that are critical to their team’s success. Instead of going on coffee runs and making copies, you’ll be seated at the table making critical decisions that will influence not only your team, but the overall achievement of Tesla’s mission.


About the team 

Our team qualifies materials prior to cell production by examining material level metrics and correlating those metrics to cell level performance. Aspects of qualification includes safety, beginning of life performance, cost, and material degradation.


What You’ll Do

We are seeking highly motivated engineering students who thrive in a fast-paced environment and want to help accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy. Interns in our team work directly with full time engineers and support multiple, high-impact projects which will involve implementing existing techniques, developing new techniques, and analyzing existing data to rapidly recognize and solve key process upsets/deviations and performance gaps.


What You’ll Bring

  • Currently working towards a MS or PhD degree in a relevant engineering program such as Materials Science and Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Mechanical Engineering, or related field. 
  • Be available to work as a full-time intern for at least 6 months or more, starting May 2022. 
  • Experience with physical/chemical/electrochemical analysis techniques for high-Ni cathode materials in lithium-ion batteries. 
  • Considerable knowledge of cell chemistry, cell testing, and cell degradation. 
  • Strong communication skills. 
  • Strong data analytical skills 
  • Genuine curiosity and willingness to learn new concepts and methods, design and execute experiments


Tesla is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer committed to diversity in the workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, gender identity or any other factor protected by applicable federal, state or local laws.


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