Thermal Engineering, Thermal R&D Internshipkato


  • Internships


Disclaimer: This position is expected to start around May 2023 and continue through the entire Summer term (i.e., through August/September) or into early Fall 2023 if available. We ask for a minimum of 12 weeks, full-time, for most internships. Please consider before applying. International Students: If your work authorization is through CPT, please consult your school on your ability to work 40 hours per week before applying. Again, please do not apply until you know you can work 40 hours per week. This is required for external applicants. Many students will be limited to part-time during the academic year. 



Internship Program at Tesla  

The Internship Recruiting Team is driven by the passion to recognize emerging talent. Our year around 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 provide an experience that allows for the intern to experience life at Tesla by given them projects that are critical to their team’s success.


  • Fremont, CA 



About the Team: 

Thermal Engineering is the team behind the Tesla Heat Pump, Supermanifold, Octovalve, Superbottle, Airwave, Bioweapon Defense Mode and more. Our multi-disciplinary team of mechanical, manufacturing, electrical, aerodynamics, and thermal engineers works together across all phases of development from idea inception, through prototyping, production, and fleet support. 


Thermal R&D is responsible for system level thermal architecture (including radiators, refrigerant heat exchangers, compressors, fans, pumps, etc.) supporting the cabin, battery, and powertrain across all Tesla vehicles. We’re looking for the engineers that are interested in implementing thermal models and numerical solvers from scratch, pushing the limits of heat exchanger design, and finding the next step up for system COP 


At Tesla you will get the training, mentorship, resources, and opportunities to drive meaningful projects that raise the bar for electric vehicles and build your career. Come join our team and help accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy. 



  • Pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering or related field 

  • Excellent first principles understanding of heat transfer, fluid mechanics, and thermodynamics with relevant project and research experience 

  • Experience in developing numerical models and experimental characterization of thermal/fluid/refrigerant systems and heat exchangers