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Quality Engineer, Manufacturing Engineering Internship

Empower your future: Join Tesla as an intern, where you'll make impactful changes from day one!

Opportunity details

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

Application dates

Applications Close
1st July 2024 (Prosple estimate closing date)

Minimum requirements

Accepting International Applications
Qualifications Accepted
Manufacturing Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Engineering & Mathematics (all other)

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, an electric innovator, is revolutionizing transportation with their cutting-edge electric vehicles, blending style with sustainability. Beyond cars, Tesla's energy solutions and advancements in autonomous driving are reshaping the future of mobility. Their commitment to a cleaner, electric world is steering the world toward a greener tomorrow.

Your role

What to expect:

This position is expected to start in person around August or September 2024 and continue through the entire fall term (i.e. through the end of 2024) or into early 2025 if available. They ask for a minimum of 12 weeks, full-time and on-site, for most internships. Please consider before submitting an application.

About the team:

The Quality Engineering Team members are expected to have the skills to analyze data surface takeaways and communicate recommendations to leaders at all levels in the company. Through the intern program, they are looking to find the next wave of talent to drive these efforts.

In this position, you will work as a member of Tesla’s Quality Team. The primary objective of this role is to support the production of high-quality products through the continual improvement of process and product quality and the systems that surround them. The successful candidate for this position must be a problem-solver at their core, have a strong quality & customer-focused mindset, and have the personal drive and stamina for relentless, continual improvement, personally and professionally.

Quality Interns will be responsible for providing on-time support to their internal or external customers on Quality Improvement opportunities.

What you’ll do:

  • Monitoring their manufacturing processes and creating/monitoring quality data systems.
  • Identifying continuous improvement opportunities and implementing best practices.
  • Performing design engineering analysis and reviewing engineering documentation.
  • Capture and document root cause analysis.
  • Contain defective products through ownership of problem definition (8D’s), Root Cause Analysis (RCA’s), leading dispositions, and resolution effectiveness tracking.
  • Reviews, develops, and implements revised/new processes using Six Sigma/Lean manufacturing.
  • Working cross-functionally with various teams to achieve quality standards Detect non-conformances through the use and standardization of SPC systems, and Change Control management.
  • Ensure standards and specifications by championing product/process Control Plans, Inspection Standards, quality and testing plans and instructions, Visual Work Instructions, and Technical Specifications.
  • Prevent failed customer satisfaction and durability by coordinating Failure Mode Effects Analyses (FMEAs), product design specifications and tolerances reviews, past problem history, and supplier development.

Training & development

At Tesla, interns are offered the opportunity to engage in impactful projects and develop their skills from day one. They are expected to perform at the same level of excellence as full-time employees, often leading to future employment. Interns work closely with their Manager, Mentor, and Team, contributing to critical projects while immersing themselves in the dynamic environment. With a focus on impactful projects and a commitment to excellence, their interns gain valuable skills from day one, while experiencing life at Tesla.


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

Career progression

At Tesla, your career progression begins with impactful work from day one, as you tackle high-impact projects and elevate your technical prowess, consistently exceeding expectations. Interns are held to the same high standards as full-time employees, often paving the way for them to join Tesla permanently, fostering the potential for a seamless transition into a full-time role.

Work-life balance

Tesla prioritizes work-life balance, recognizing the importance of employee well-being. They offer flexible work arrangements, encouraging a healthy integration of personal and professional lives. With a commitment to a sustainable future, Tesla fosters an environment where individuals can thrive both at work and in their endeavors.

Culture & vibe

Tesla's culture and vibe pulsate with innovation, driven by a fervent commitment to sustainability. In this dynamic and ever-evolving ecosystem, employees embrace audacious ideas, nurturing a spirit of perpetual learning and progress. Rooted in a mission for global energy transformation, Tesla radiates a purpose-driven, vibrant atmosphere where brilliant minds unite to forge a substantial difference.

About you

What you’ll bring:

  • Currently pursuing a degree in Manufacturing, Mechanical Engineering or other related field.
  • Prior internship experience in a manufacturing setting preferred.
  • Evidence of bringing assignments to a successful completion.
  • Strong verbal / written communication and computer skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively.
  • Ability to multi-task effectively within a team environment in managing priorities.

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 in person. Many students will be limited to part-time during the academic year.


The following sources were used in researching this page:

  • tesla.com/careers/internships
  • youtube.com/@tesla

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
Engineering & Mathematics (all other)
Manufacturing Engineering
Mechanical Engineering

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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