Environmental, Health, Safety, Sustainability Internship / Co-op (Summer 2018)



The Role

EHSS interns engage in variety of activities in a wide range of EHSS disciplines. Under the mentorship of EHSS specialists or EHSS managers, EHSS interns undertake projects directed at specific topics such as equipment safety, industrial hygiene, occupational ergonomics, environmental compliance, sustainability and training & education. They also work closely with multiple teams ranging from production to engineering to provide EHSS support to day-to-day operations, conduct safety walkthroughs and audits, deliver safety trainings to employees, participate in analyses of workplace incidents and help drive corrective actions.

EHSS interns have a genuine passion for the health and safety of people, respect for our environment and a deep desire to learn and acquire knowledge and skills related to environment, health, safety and sustainability. EHSS interns interact with a variety of individuals and establish and maintain professional working relationships with internal and external customers. An internship with the Tesla EHSS team provide incumbents an opportunity to help foster a strong safety and sustainability culture, be enablers of business processes, and above all, be part of Tesla’s mission to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy.

Team Overview

The Environmental Sustainability Group (ESG) was established to reduce the environmental impact of Tesla operations.  ESG strives to establish and integrate sustainable strategies and programs for greener innovation, a responsible workplace and profitable growth.

Tesla’s ESG is comprised of 7 subgroups: Environmental Compliance, Hazardous Waste and Wastewater Treatment; Sustainability Operations; Renewable Commodities; Workstation Design; and 5S/Factory Excellence.  Interns will be assigned to one of our 7 subgroups, based on prior experience, interest and educational background.  Specific project assignments and required technical aptitude will vary based on the needs of the individual hiring team.

Environmental Compliance  is responsible for ensuring Tesla conforms to all Federal, State, County and City regulations

Environmental Hazardous Waste  is responsible for managing the collection, disposal and transportation of hazardous waste materials

Environmental Wastewater Treatment  is responsible for managing our 500,000 gallon holding tank that allows Tesla to treat our industrial trade waste and discharge to the City sewer system rather than transport for hazardous waste disposal.

Sustainability Operations  is responsible for managing waste streams, improving recycling and reuse efforts, and reducing energy and water use.

Renewable Commodities  is responsible for managing the collection, sorting and sale of scrap materials (various metals, production plastic, MRB scrap and e-Waste)

Workstation Design  is responsible for making a wide range of custom racks, carts, shadow boards, whiteboards and signs to support the needs of teams throughout Tesla.

5S/Factory Excellence  is responsible for supporting the entire factory by removing unwanted items from both the interior and exterior.  Items that can be reused are taken to the 5S Store for use by other departments. 

Ergonomics & Equipment Safety Functional Support Ergonomics and Equipment Safety at Tesla is about setting the conditions of work – from manufacturing and maintenance, to sales and service - such that all Tesla employees are able to achieve and sustain healthy high work performance.

Specific project assignments and required technical aptitude will vary based on the needs of the individual hiring team.

Required Skills and Qualifications

  • Currently working towards a BS, MS, MBA or PhD in a relevant Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Industrial & Systems Engineering, Occupational Health & Safety, Industrial Safety, and Industrial Hygiene.
  • Excellent skills with Microsoft Excel.
  • Ability to develop and maintain key project metrics and assure compliance with federal, state, local, and corporate policies. You must be self-managed and committed to working in a fast-paced environment.
  • Knowledgeable in areas of safety and most common causes of EHSS incidents from machinery, pressurized and robotic systems.
  • Hands-on experience is a must.
  • Professional and positive communication skills both verbal and written.
  • Previous internship and/or project experience is a plus.
  • Availability to Intern/Co-Op onsite for 4-6 months.

·       This role is available across various Tesla locations, including headquarters in Palo Alto, CA, the factory in Fremont, CA, and Gigafactory 1 in Sparks, NV – must be able to relocate for the duration of your internship.


Tesla Motors is committed to a policy of equal employment opportunity. We recruit, employ, train, compensate, and promote without regard to race, color, age, sex, ancestry, marital status, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, veteran status, present or past history of mental disability, genetic information or any other classification protected by state or federal law.


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