Intern - Big Data Software Engineer

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 motivated, intelligent, hardworking and creative intern to join the Autofocus team as a Big Data Intern. You will be part of a team that develops large scale distributed systems to aggregate, correlate and generate threat intel data that prevents successful cyber attacks. You will be working on projects with well-defined scope that has immediate and meaningful customer impact. You will be employing BigData tools & technologies to solve complex data problems at Petabytes scale. You will also take part in our regular Agile development process and be integrated into the team ceremonies.

Our global internship program trains the next-generation of cybersecurity talent across a range of specializations, from threat intelligence to information security, engineering, and marketing. The program also features a combination of challenging projects with tangible impact, engaging social events, and networking opportunities. Interns and recent graduates can learn about the network security industry from leading thinkers, grow their professional networks, and be part of a career-defining experience.

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


        Be able to experience first-hand how our team transforms ideas into an enterprise class cloud security service.

        The opportunity to collaborate with many teams within Palo Alto Networks developing applications in our Platform

        Get exposed to different big data technologies such as Hadoop, Spark, Kafka, ElasticSearch, HBase etc

        Learn about running engines such as OpenStack and Kubernetes

Your Experience

        Be proficient in Algorithms and data structures

        Have good knowledge of Java and Google Cloud

        Previous experience in big data is a plus

        Team player with a can-do attitude

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


Autofocus Team is part of our Cloud Delivered Security Services group. The team is responsible for building the first ever Palo Alto Networks Threat Intelligence services by aggregating all threat intel generated from various PANW products, deriving correlations and making the intel actionable. This will integrate with our various offerings like XDR, Demisto to enhance their security functionality. We employ Big Data technologies to solve some very interesting cybersecurity threat intel problems at scale. The team values are around learning & sharing, continuous improvements, customer obsession to create a fun team environment.

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.