Internship, Product Security Engineer, Vehicle Software (Fall 2024)

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Engineering & Information Technology

PALO ALTO, California

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What to Expect
Consider before submitting an application:
This position is expected to start around Aug/Sep and continue through Dec/Jan. Internships are in-person for 40 hours a week for a minimum of 12 weeks. 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.
The Internship Recruiting Team is driven by the passion to recognize emerging talent. Our year-round 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 giving them ownership over projects that are critical to their team’s success.
About the Team

We are looking for a highly motivated student with a strong interest in security to work on Tesla products and future R&D projects. Other car companies have talked for years about a future of "connected cars." At Tesla, we make it happen. We regularly send over-the-air software updates to our fleet, seamlessly delivering new features and improvements to our customers. Our mobile applications allow customers to interact with their cars via real-time, low-latency two-way communication. We also build tools for our internal sales, delivery, and service teams. Today we remotely identify potential vehicle issues before a customer does—and often fix problems remotely too. To this end information and product security is of the utmost importance.
As a Product Security Engineering Intern, you will be expected to analyze system services, operating systems, networks and applications from a security perspective. You will be involved in discovering security issues and recommending patches. You will participate in security audits, risk analysis, vulnerability testing and security reviews.
What You’ll Do
  • Help ensure Tesla's products are implemented to a high security standard
  • Work with teams to implement, identify and advance security at Tesla
  • Conduct penetration tests and risk assessments in an automotive environment
  • Work with Tesla teams and external suppliers to drive remediation. Help to design a secure connected vehicle architecture
  • Audit embedded code to identify security vulnerabilities
  • Lead security initiatives and serve as a point of contact
  • Work with vendors, partners, and other Tesla teams to drive remediation
  • Conduct risk assessments to prioritize threats and compare mitigation strategies
  • Assist design teams in developing secure automotive systems
What You’ll Bring
  • Currently pursuing a degree in Computer Science or a related field of study with a graduation date between 2024-2025
  • Strong investigative and analytical problem-solving skills
  • Experience with one or more of the following is required: CTF, secure architecture design, writing secure source code
  • Deep understanding of fuzzing, static analysis, sandboxing, and defending against common vulnerabilities
  • Technical experience with one or more of the following: Go, Rust, C, C++, x86, ARM, CAN, cryptography, exploit development
  • Proficiency in software development, auditing code and features
  • Automotive & hardware experience a plus but not required
Compensation and Benefits

As a full-time Tesla Intern, you will be eligible for:
  • Aetna PPO and HSA plans > 2 medical plan options with $0 payroll deduction
  • Family-building, fertility, adoption and surrogacy benefits
  • Dental (including orthodontic coverage) and vision plans. Both have an option with a $0 payroll contribution
  • Company Paid (Health Savings Account) HSA Contribution when enrolled in the High Deductible Medical Plan with HSA
  • Healthcare and Dependent Care Flexible Spending Accounts (FSA)
  • LGBTQ+ care concierge services
  • 401(k), Employee Stock Purchase Plans, and other financial benefits
  • Company Paid Basic Life, AD&D, and short-term disability insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Sick time after 90 days of employment and Paid Holidays
  • Back-up childcare and parenting support resources
  • Voluntary benefits to include: critical illness, hospital indemnity, accident insurance, theft & legal services, and pet insurance
  • Commuter benefits
  • Employee discounts and perks program

Expected Compensation

$38.46 - $53.85 + benefits

Pay offered may vary depending on multiple individualized factors, including market location, job-related knowledge, skills, and experience. The total compensation package for this position may also include other elements dependent on the position offered. Details of participation in these benefit plans will be provided if an employee receives an offer of employment.

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.
Tesla is also committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities. Please let your recruiter know if you need an accommodation at any point during the interview process.