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Firmware Internship/Co-Op (Winter/Spring 2015)

Req. ID: 19129
Office Location: NA-US-CA-Palo Alto-Deer Creek-Office
# of openings: 5
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Job Type: Intern


Firmware Internship/Co-Op (Winter/Spring 2015)

About Tesla

Tesla’s goal is to accelerate the world’s transition to electric mobility with a full range of increasingly affordable electric cars. California-based Tesla designs and manufactures EVs, as well as EV powertrain components for partners such as Toyota and Daimler. Model S is the world’s first premium sedan to be engineered from the ground up as an electric vehicle. Model S was named Motor Trend’s prestigious 2013 Car of the Year, achieved the best safety score of any car ever tested by the NHTSA, and Consumer Reports is calling it the best car it has ever tested.

Tesla Motors is committed to hiring and developing top talent from across the world for any given discipline. Our world-class teams operate with a non-conventional automotive product development philosophy of high inter-disciplinary collaboration, flat organizational structure, and technical contribution at all levels.  You will be expected to challenge and to be challenged, to create, and to innovate. These jobs are not for everyone, you must have a genuine passion for producing the best vehicles in the world. Without passion, you will find what we're trying to do too difficult.

The Role

Tesla Motors offers compelling opportunities for students seeking internships and co-ops. To be eligible, you must be actively pursuing a BS, MS, or advanced degree. Your application will be considered for all applicable opportunities in Palo Alto, CA.

Required Skills

Specific project assignments and required technical aptitude will vary based on the needs of the individual hiring team.

  • Write code to interface with a range of automotive and communications hardware.
  • Work with a cross-functional team (design, QA, firmware) to design and improve Firmware.
  • Design, code, and debug system-level software across power modes and peripherals and create/update/augment hardware drivers.
  • Experience with embedded microprocessor design process: compilers, debuggers, IDE.
  • Experience debugging electrical problems on PCBA using multimeters, current measurement techniques, oscilloscopes, signal and spectrum analyzers, CAN tools, and other means.
  • Design electrical architecture and electronic circuits, processor selection and integration, system timing and bus loading.
  • High quality programming skills in C/C++/Java/Script languages, and practical knowledge of MATLAB/Simulink.


  • Currently working toward a BS, MS, or advanced degree in a relevant program including, but not limited to: Computer Science, Computer Engineering, and Software Engineering.
  • You must be self-managed and committed to working in a fast-paced environment.
  • Professional and positive communication skills.
  • Previous internship and/or project experience is a plus.
  • Ability and willingness to relocate to the Bay Area, California.


Tesla Motors is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity. We recruit, employ, train, compensate, and promote without regard to race, color, age, sex, ancestry, marital status, religion, national origin, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, medical condition, pregnancy, veteran status, genetic information or any other classification protected by state or federal law.


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