Tesla Motors

Firmware Engineering Intern, Drive Inverter Team, June 2012 - August 2012

In the Summer of 2011, I interned at Tesla Motors, an electric car company headquartered in Palo Alto, CA. I worked in the Firmware department on the Drive Inverter subteam. The tasks I took on that summer focused updating and maintaining the drive inverter alert system, and code that pushed has been live the Model S as well as Daimler cars that used our system. 

I pursued an internship with Tesla simply because of their strong messaging that sustainable technology can be just as performative and beautiful as gasoline alternatives - and in some cases, even better. Tesla is changing the world's perception of the automotive industry, disproving the ideas that have long hindered the electric car movement, and inspiring people to favor sustainable life choices.

As a middle school student in the Techbridge program, which encourages girls to pursue a careers in STEM, my interest in sustainable technology was piqued when we were visited by an engineer who brought along her vegetable oil fueled car. Having to opportunity to work at Tesla and seeing that passion in myself realized was a dream come true. I was able to apply course knowledge and FSAE project team experience to my internship while also learning new skills and programs - and of course getting to work with some of the world's best cars! 

 Starting my internship at the Model S release party!

Starting my internship at the Model S release party!

 Everyone clapping as the cars roll out at the Model S release party!

Everyone clapping as the cars roll out at the Model S release party!

 The Drive Inverter Team.

The Drive Inverter Team.

 Model S on display.

Model S on display.

 The entrance to HQ in Palo Alto.

The entrance to HQ in Palo Alto.

 Outside the Freemont Factory, where I worked on the testing track each Friday. 

Outside the Freemont Factory, where I worked on the testing track each Friday. 

 Roadsters lined up at the charging stations outside of HQ. 

Roadsters lined up at the charging stations outside of HQ.