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Panasonic Engineering Intern (PENA) in Sparks, Nevada

Panasonic is looking for interns to join our creative team of engineers. Our engineers are hard-working, goal-oriented, and creative, and they are looking for interns to train. The interns hired for this position should expect to learn all facets of manufacturing and will leave this position with invaluable skills and industry knowledge. Also, this internship program is highly regarded in our field, so successful participation will be a great addition to your resume.

Essential Duties:

  • Engineering intern areas include: Materials Engineering, Hardware Development and Installation, Cell and Process Engineering, Transportation Design, Safety Engineering, Data Analytics, Strategic Controls, and IS.

  • Conducts battery cell manufacturing process improvement for mass production lines

  • Conducts research and development work for new and existing production lines to improve cell assembly process on safety, quality, and productivity

  • Analyzes and evaluate cell physical data. This may include dimensions of jelly roll, cell and cross-sectional dimensions. From this data evaluation is needed to determine direct and interaction effects of the machinery and processes

  • Analyzes operating procedures and functions of equipment and machinery to reduce time and cost of assembly manufacturing processes

  • Provides engineering support to cell assembly and electrode production teams to resolve manufacturing process issues

  • Works closely with other team members to increase understanding of failure modes, performance, and life expectancy of cell products

  • Applies principles and knowledge of engineering to solve manufacturing problems

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Requirements:

  • To ensure the health and safety in the workplace and for the protection of our employees, wearing PPE is a possibility and may include equipment such as a full Tyvek suit, safety shoes, gloves, safety glasses, face mask, bump cap, and a full hazmat suit that includes a respirator.

The foregoing description is not intended and should not be construed to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills and efforts or work conditions associated with the job. It is intended to be an accurate reflection of the general nature and level of the job.

Qualifications: Requirements - Required and/or Preferred


  • Basic/Required: B.S./M.S. in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Materials Engineering, Industrial Engineering, or related discipline Preferred: None

Essential Qualifications:

  • Evidence of exceptional ability. Panasonic follows a culture of full-cycle engineering where members will have full responsibility and accountability for their projects from start to finish.

  • Must be currently enrolled as a fulltime student at an accredited four-year college or university.

  • GPA of 3.0 or higher.

  • Demonstrated experience solving difficult hands-on engineering problems with an ability to clearly articulate technical detail and thought process

  • Familiarity with basic lithium-ion battery chemistry

  • Good understanding of basic manufacturing principles

  • Strong problem-solving skills

  • Strong organizational skills

  • Excellent interpersonal, teamwork, and collaboration skills

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

  • Ability to write and communicate technical information clearly and concisely

  • Skilled with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook)

  • Ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems

  • Must have working-level knowledge of the English language, including reading, writing, and speaking English

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Previous coursework in battery science, materials analysis, or advanced manufacturing

  • Hands-on full-cycle engineering experience acquired through internships, jobs, research, or personal projects

  • A desire to create a sustainable future through energy storage, renewable energy, and electric vehicles

Internship Details:

  • The program will be a fulltime paid summer internship working for Panasonic at the Gigafactory

  • The program will be 10 weeks in length, and is planned to occur between Monday, May 31st and Friday, August 6th. This date range is subject to change

About Us:

Panasonic Energy of North America (PENA) is collaborating with Tesla at a massive battery factory near Reno, Nevada which is known for its quality of life and expansive outdoor adventures. Panasonic's role at the Gigafactory is to manufacture and supply cylindrical lithium-ion cells to Tesla for their electric vehicles and energy storage systems.

Over the past few years, the Gigafactory has grown to the largest lithium-ion battery factory in the world. Together with our partner Tesla, we continue to revolutionize the lithium-ion battery space and accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy and transportation.

Our mission at PENA is to make the vision of affordable Electric Vehicles a reality by producing the world’s safest, high quality, and lowest cost batteries. Through this effort we will create a clean energy society and our products will change society’s use of and perceptions of electric power.

In addition to an environment that is as innovative as our products, we offer competitive salaries and benefits.

Supplemental Information:

Pre-employment drug testing is required. Due to the high volume of responses, we will only be able to respond to candidates of interest. All candidates must have valid authorization to work in the U.S. without restriction.

Panasonic is an Equal Opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender identity, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, and any other characteristic protected by law. All qualified individuals are required to perform the essential functions of the job with or without reasonable accommodation.

Thank you for your interest in Panasonic Energy of North America.