What kinds of colleges is Tesla Motors targeting for internships and job recruitment?

Updated on : January 20, 2022 by Austin Marquez



What kinds of colleges is Tesla Motors targeting for internships and job recruitment?

In short, I don't think Tesla is specifically targeting just one type of university. But let me develop a bit.

Tesla generally likes the following (and other companies are likely to feel the same way too)

  • They want you to join after your internship (as long as your performance is average or better). The time and effort to train an intern is really expensive and the company is always hiring. Honestly, what company would want to train someone, just to have them leave?
  • They like universities with programs that integrate industry expertise into the undergraduate / graduate curriculum. For example, many Canadian universities
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In short, I don't think Tesla is specifically targeting just one type of university. But let me develop a bit.

Tesla generally likes the following (and other companies are likely to feel the same way too)

  • They want you to join after your internship (as long as your performance is average or better). The time and effort to train an intern is really expensive and the company is always hiring. Honestly, what company would want to train someone, just to have them leave?
  • They like universities with programs that integrate industry expertise into the undergraduate / graduate curriculum. For example, many Canadian universities require students to complete CoOps before graduation. The ideal situation for Tesla would be if he did what it takes to cooperate after all his courses, but before graduation. So that once you complete the internship and perform well, they can extend an offer right away.
  • Usually they like third year, fourth year, masters, PhD students for their interns. You know enough to know what's going on, plus you'll be looking full time soon.
  • (For the sake of this point, I will choose MechEng.) Each school will have a different mechanical engineering program. For example, I know that Boston University graduate students and many go into industry. Its curriculum has manufacturing / supply chain courses. On the other hand, my school at UC San Diego is a research-based institution. We do not have a manufacturing / supply chain course. There are no MechEng graduates with exposure to manufacturing. Tesla doesn't visit UCSD that often. However, I still have an internship and I am a biomedical engineer.

In short, Tesla doesn't 'head' to schools for interns, so don't think so closed. They are looking for exceptional people who are potentially ideal for internships. Of course, it is easier to hire interns at certain schools like Canadian universities, but Tesla hires from all schools. They want to see passion, hard work, relevant experience, and if they would be willing to sit next to you for the next six months, etc.

See my other post on How to Get an Internship at Tesla.

Tesla visited the following schools in early 2014 according to the Tesla Facebook page for students Tesla Motors Student Center.

  • University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • Carnegie mellon University
  • Arizona State University
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Utah
  • Harvey Mudd University
  • Olin College of Engineering
  • Michigan University

The colleges that Tesla visits change every year. If you are really interested in joining Tesla, it is much more important to stand out as an applicant. One of the best ways to get noticed is to compete in engineering competitions. The SAE student contest

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Tesla visited the following schools in early 2014 according to the Tesla Facebook page for students Tesla Motors Student Center.

  • University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • Carnegie mellon University
  • Arizona State University
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Utah
  • Harvey Mudd University
  • Olin College of Engineering
  • Michigan University

The colleges that Tesla visits change every year. If you are really interested in joining Tesla, it is much more important to stand out as an applicant. One of the best ways to get noticed is to compete in engineering competitions. SAE Student Competitions (Formula, Baja, etc.) are a great place to start and are always popular.

Tesla also hires art / arch students for retail store design internships. It would be important, if not mandatory, to have an online design portfolio to show off as well.

It's also worth noting that there are also a ton of Canadian interns (UBC, Waterloo, Toronto) at Tesla ...

It seems that Tesla is not really targeting graduates of European universities for their internships and graduate positions in the USA. If you have experienced otherwise, please share your story :)

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