Industrial Design Internship (Spring 2024) at

The Opportunity


About the Team

The design team at Tesla conceives products that directly support the company’s mission to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy.  We care greatly about building products that stand the test of time, even as design and technology keep evolving. The product design team design and develops all products that carry the Tesla brand.

You will be involved with energy products, charging products, vehicle accessories, environments, on-product graphics, etc.  The scope of the work will range from hand sketches and renderings to 3D CAD modelling and building physical prototypes.


What to Expect

Disclaimer: This position is expected to start around January 2024 and continue through the entire Winter/Spring term (i.e. through April/May) or into Summer 2024 if available. We ask for a minimum of 12 weeks, full-time, in-person. Please consider before submitting an application.

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. 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 and develop emerging talent. Our 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. We 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.

What You’ll Do

  • Provide creative and relevant conceptual thinking for a variety of projects
  • Photoshop, Illustrator
  • Hand-sketching, rendering and visual communication of concepts
  • 3D CAD modelling – software such as Solidworks, Alias, or Rhino
  • Hands-on foam sculpting and physical prototyping
  • Interfacing with 3D Digital Modeling, Engineering, Retail Development, and Marketing teams to provide design solutions to various challenges
  • From time-to-time graphic design challenges will surface; the ideal candidate will have an eye for graphics

What You’ll Bring

  • Currently working towards a BS in Industrial Design
  • Humble, professional, and positive (great can-do attitude)
  • Previous internship and/or project experience is a plus

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

$20.00 - $50.00 + 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.


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