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Internship, Cell Qualification, Cell Engineering (Fall 2024)



Palo Alto, CA, USA
Posted on Tuesday, February 13, 2024
What to Expect

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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.

The Cell Qualification team develops test methods to characterize and qualify cell designs for all Tesla products. Our mission is to help Tesla make the best cell technology decisions rapidly and with confidence. This position will collaborate with various teams within Cell Engineering to understand test lab operations and help optimize them. A successful candidate will apply first-principles thinking to improve the framework that is used to qualify every cell design, and knowledge of software tools to help implement it. We are looking for a self-motivated candidate with an interest in battery technology, and who thrives in a fast-paced environment.

What You’ll Do
  • Collaborate with cross-functional teams to understand testing requirements and timelines

  • Design and implement test profile for targeted cell requirements with first-principle understanding of battery behavior and fleet representativeness

  • Implement data parser to for automatic data analysis and establish data pipelines to link the designed test to database

  • Participate in team meetings, seek feedback, and gain hands-on experience in full-stack development and the project management lifecycle

What You’ll Bring
  • Currently pursuing a degree in Chemistry, Materials Science and Engineering, Nano Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Computer Science or a related field

  • Experience writing Python scripts for data processing and analysis

  • Direct experience working with Li-ion batteries

  • Previous internship experience in an R&D environment (or equivalent)

  • Significant, demonstrated technical contributions towards past projects

  • First principles understanding of engineering concepts with relevant project/research experience

  • Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written

  • Ability to work independently on multiple projects with complex requirements