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Design Quality Internship

Join Tesla's team as a Design Quality Intern and immerse yourself in automotive innovation, contributing to design precision and quality assurance.

Opportunity details

Opportunity Type
Internship, Clerkship or Placement
Start Date
2 Sep 2024 - 30 Sep 2024

Application dates

Applications Close
31st May 2024 (Prosple Estimate Closing Date)

Minimum requirements

Accepting International Applications
Qualifications Accepted
Manufacturing Engineering
Materials Engineering
Mathematics & Statistics
Design & User Experience

Hiring criteria

Entry Pathway

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Working rights

United States

  • US Citizen
  • US Permanent Resident
  • US Student Visa
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About Tesla

Tesla Inc. is a global automotive and energy company known for its electric vehicle lineup including Model Y, Model 3, Model X, and Model S, as well as upcoming releases like the Cybertruck and Tesla Roadster. It also offers energy solutions, such as solar panels and storage systems, operating globally with manufacturing plants in the US, Germany, and China.

Your role

About the Team:

As an intern on the Design Quality team, you will develop the skills and learn the process for approving appearance parts for colour, appearance quality, and harmony. You will engage with suppliers, giving direction based on the product target and approving/rejecting parts. The Design Quality Team interfaces with Design and Engineering to gain an understanding of design intent and develops products with suppliers as a champion of that intent.

What you’ll do:

  • Engage with suppliers to provide direction based on the product target and approval or rejection of parts.
  • Conduct vehicle reviews to assess the technical perceived and aesthetic quality of interior and exterior components – throughout development stages.
  • Coordinate with Tesla Product Excellence/Industrialization Teams to support colour and appearance harmony reviews.
  • Manage timing, parts documents (AARs) and the supply base through the supplier portal.

Training & development

The Internship Recruiting Team is driven by the passion to recognize and develop emerging talent. Their 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. They 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. 


If you join as a full-time employee, you will get the following benefits:

  • Aetna PPO and HSA plans > 2 medical plan options with $0 payroll deductions.
  • Family-building, fertility, adoption, and surrogacy benefits.
  • Dental (including orthodontic coverage) and vision plans. Both have an option with a $0 payroll contribution.
  • Company (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 include critical illness, hospital indemnity, accident insurance, theft & legal services, and pet insurance.
  • Commuter benefits.
  • Employee discounts and perks program.

Career progression

Tesla offers a comprehensive array of training, mentorship, project-based work, networking opportunities, and professional development resources to interns, fostering their growth and providing valuable hands-on experience. Career progression at Tesla is often driven by individual performance, initiative, and a willingness to take on new challenges. The company values employees who are passionate about their work, demonstrate a strong work ethic, and are committed to driving Tesla's mission forward. 

Work-life balance

At Tesla, work-life balance is a top priority, with a commitment to providing employees with flexible schedules and support to ensure their well-being. By promoting a healthy harmony between work and personal life, Tesla encourages a productive and motivated workforce.

International Students:

If your work authorization is through CPT, please consult your school on your ability to work 40 hours per week before applying. You must be able to work 40 hours per week on-site. Many students will be limited to part-time during the academic year. 

Culture & vibe

Tesla’s organizational culture empowers its workforce to search for ideal solutions that make the business stand out in the automotive and energy generation and storage industries. The company encourages employees to innovate to support the continuous improvement of the business. Through the organizational culture, Tesla Inc.’s management optimizes employees to achieve creative and innovative behaviours. 

About you

What you’ll bring:

  • Currently pursuing a degree with a focus on Design Engineering and/or Industrial Design, or a related field.
  • Must meet the minimum requirement for Color Blindness and Color Vision Skill Test (test will be administered during interview process).
  • As an added advantage: Basic to intermediate knowledge of materials: textiles, leather, PUR, vacuum forming, colourants, paints, and plating.
  • Process/assembly knowledge: injection moulding.
  • Working knowledge of automotive components.
  • Strong communication skills and confidence when giving feedback.
  • Dynamic problem solver.


The following sources were used in researching this page:

  • tesla.com
  • youtube.com

Hiring criteria

You should have or be completing the following to apply for this opportunity.

Entry Pathway
Degree or Certificate
Minimum Level of Study
Bachelor or higher
Study Field
Manufacturing Engineering
Materials Engineering
Mathematics & Statistics
Design & User Experience

Work rights

The opportunity is available to applicants in any of the following categories.


United States

United States

US Citizen

US Permanent Resident

US Student Visa

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