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Tesla Materials Engineering Internship

Tesla is accelerating the world’s transition to sustainable energy. They design, manufacture, sell and service the world’s best solar technology, energy storage systems, and electric vehicles, providing customers the opportunity to generate, store and consume energy entirely sustainably.

Tesla is committed to hiring and developing top talent from around the world for any given discipline. Based in California, Tesla’s workforce spans across four continents. We work to build an inclusive environment in which all people, regardless of gender, race, religion, or background, can come to do their best work.Their world-class teams operate with a non-conventional philosophy of inter-disciplinary collaboration. Each member of the team is expected to challenge and to be challenged, to create, and to innovate. They're tackling the world’s most difficult and important problems—and we wouldn’t succeed without our shared passion for making the world a better place.

Internship Program at Tesla

The University Recruiting Team is driven by the passion to recognize emerging talent. Their year-round program places the best students in positions where they will grow both personally and professionally through their experience working closely with their manager, mentor, and team.They are dedicated to providing an experience that allows the intern to experience life at Tesla by giving 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 

The Materials Engineering team is responsible for multiple facets of materials at Tesla. This includes qualifying, testing, developing, implementation and consultation involving metals, ceramics, glass, various polymers, adhesives, etc.


Pursing a degree in Materials Engineering/Science and/or have a focus in Materials Engineering/Science OR a relevant program (i.e. Mechanical Engineering).

Preferred Graduate/PhD level students.

Fundamental knowledge of materials science and physical metallurgy.

Preferred former internship experience at another vehicle and/or aerospace manufacturer.

Experience with 3D CAD tools is expected.

Enjoy hands on engineering, turning wrenches, and putting things together.



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San Luis Obispo, CA 93407

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