Intern - Data Scientist

Internships Santa Clara, California


Our Mission

At Palo Alto Networks® everything starts and ends with our mission:

Being the cybersecurity partner of choice, protecting our digital way of life.

We have the vision of a world where each day is safer and more secure than the one before. These aren’t easy goals to accomplish – but we’re not here for easy. We’re here for better. We are a company built on the foundation of challenging and disrupting the way things are done, and we’re looking for innovators who are as committed to shaping the future of cybersecurity as we are.

Your Career

We are looking for a brilliant Data Scientist that wants to make a career out of using machine learning to address security problems.  Previous intern projects include building a novel ML algorithm in Hadoop, setting up a pipeline that classifies over 1M webpages a year, building a classifier to detect malicious Javascript pages, a classifier to identify web applications and upgrading production systems to use deep learning models instead of traditional ML models.  A high percentage of data science interns join the Palo Alto Networks team full time.

Our Summer Internship Program from May-August or June-September provides you: 

  • 1:1 mentorship
  • Fun and engaging events that inspire your intellectual curiosity
  • The opportunity to expand your knowledge and work on challenging projects
  • Connections to other recent grads, and employees across the company as well as our leaders

Your Impact

  • Learn to apply Machine Learning in a production environment
  • You will be exposed to research related to security and malware.
  • Work on large Hadoop and/or Spark clusters on petabytes of data

Your Experience

  • Be an excellent programmer; experience with distributed systems like Hadoop or Spark a big plus
  • Have a strong working knowledge of machine learning algorithms that may include Naïve Bayes, Decision Trees, SVM, Logistic Regression, Deep Learning, and Boosting
  • Be comfortable working independently, be able to produce something impressive in one summer, have the ability to come up with novel solutions to difficult problems

Requirements – To apply, you must be pursuing a 4-year Undergraduate Degree with a GPA of 3.0 or above, a 2-year Master’s Degree or a Doctorate degree and returning to school in the fall. You must have the authorization to work within the United States.

The Team

To stay ahead of the curve, it’s critical to know where the curve is, and how to anticipate the changes we may be facing. For the fastest growing cybersecurity company, the curve is the evolution of cyberattacks, and the products and services that proactively address them. As a predictive enterprise environment, we analyze petabytes of data that pass through our walls daily and we hire the most talented minds in data science to build creative predictive analytics and data science solutions for our cybersecurity solutions.

Our Commitment

We’re trailblazers that dream big, take risks, and challenge cybersecurity’s status quo. It’s simple: we can’t accomplish our mission without diverse teams innovating, together.

We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations for all qualified individuals with a disability. If you require assistance or accommodation due to a disability or special need, please contact us at

Palo Alto Networks is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity in our workplace, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ancestry, color, family or medical care leave, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, national origin, physical or mental disability, political affiliation, protected veteran status, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, or other legally protected characteristics.