Vehicle Controls Internship (Fall 2023)

April 07, 2023
Offerd Salary:Negotiation
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Contract Type:Open-ended
Working Time:Full time
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What to Expect

Disclaimer: This position is expected to start around August or September 2023 and continue through the entire Fall term (i.e. through December) or into Winter 2024 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.


  • Palo Alto, CA
  • What You'll Do

  • Intern will work on projects within a sub-system like battery management algorithms, vehicle dynamics control, torque production and motor control, thermal and HVAC controls etc.
  • Depending on the project, your responsibilities will include:
  • Develop control-oriented models of various systems in the car
  • Use them to develop and refine estimation and control algorithms
  • Work with firmware/integration engineers to implement, test, debug, and calibrate your algorithms in our cars
  • Develop analysis tools to track performance of these algorithms in the fleet
  • Participate in cross functional efforts to define control system capability and establish actuation/sensing requirements
  • What You'll Bring

  • Currently working towards a BS, MS, or advanced degree in a relevant engineering program such as Electrical, Mechanical, Aerospace, Automotive or Robotics Engineering.
  • Proficiency with C/C++
  • Strong proficiency with creating and using dynamic models of mechanical, electrical, or thermal systems, in Matlab/Simulink/Python or similar environments
  • Basic background in model-based control design
  • Experience with analysis of large data sets in Matlab/Python or similar environments
  • Strong willingness to collaborate cross-functionally, work hands-on, and dive into open-ended projects in a fast-paced environment
  • Willingness to work with actual vehicles test-benches to test your algorithms
  • Preferred:
  • Strong background in linear systems, state-estimation, first principles design/analysis, and real-world implementation of control systems
  • Strong background in a specific area like battery management, vehicle dynamics, motor control, thermal management, torque production, etc.
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