Tesla Gigafactory New York Internship

In Tesla’s quest to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy, the company manufactures infinitely scalable clean energy generation and storage products. These products make use of the most sustainable energy source: the sun. In 2017, Tesla began production of solar cells and modules at Gigafactory New York – a 1.2 million square-foot facility in Buffalo that was originally a steel manufacturing site. In 2019, Tesla added new production lines to support electrical components for Supercharger and energy storage products.

Fall, Spring and Summer opportunities available.

Tesla has numerous undergraduate and graduate student internships available for UB students focused around the manufacturing of clean energy products. Internships are year-round and available for Fall, Spring, and Summer terms in Buffalo, NY.

  • Interns must work 20 to 40 hours per week; preference is given to those who can work 40 hours per week.

If additional information is needed, contact Dr. Marianne Sullivan, SEAS Special Projects Manager, at mks@buffalo.edu.

Current Tesla Interns

Nihar Patel.

Nihar Patel

Nihar Patel is from Gujarat, India. He is pursuing a master's in Mechanical Engineering and expects to graduate in Summer 2021. He has an aspiring interest in Collaborative robotics, perception, and Industrial Automation. Nihar has worked as a research intern with the Indian Space Research Organization(ISRO) in the past.  With his internship at Tesla, Nihar hopes to gain real ground experience from many verticals which is extremely crucial for robotics that leads towards sustainable energy. Nihar's future goals are to work in an industry that is always constantly evolving in technology and innovation. He is a nature enthusiast. He loves to do hiking and canoeing. In his spare time, he listens to music and loves to watch sports. He follows soccer more a lot. His favorite team is FC Barcelona.

Andrew Heagle.

Andrew Heagle

Andrew Heagle was born and raised in Syracuse, NY. Currently, he is a junior aerospace engineering undergraduate student at the University at Buffalo and looks forward to gaining hands-on professional engineering experience - learning and contributing as a team member - throughout his time as an intern with Tesla. When not being studious or working, he enjoys reading, writing, and enjoying the outdoors atop a bike or on a hike. Andrew is always seeking new challenges in efforts to continuously grow and holds a joint Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology and anthropology from Colgate University.


Luke Miller

Luke was raised in Buffalo, NY, and attends University at Buffalo. He studies Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, planning to graduate in the spring of 2022. Interning as a Technical Writer with Tesla, Luke will combine his love for writing with his passion for Tesla's mission. After graduation, he plans on working with early businesses and startups. In his spare time, he reads and writes fiction.


Robert Cordova

Robert is from Port Chester, NY and is a Mechanical Engineering student expecting to graduate in Spring 2021. From his internship at Tesla, he hopes to gain industry experience in manufacturing and renewable energy. In the future, Robert plans to work in the automotive industry and hopes to continue a career at Tesla. Robert is currently the vice president of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) and a member of the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program. In his spare time, he likes to tinker with his 3D printer and watch Marvel movies.