Intern - Software Engineer in Test, Performance

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

As a SQA Engineer you will be working on our Performance Team who automates testing using Python, executes performance tests and develops new test tools.

Past projects have ranged from machine learning/data analysis  to augmenting open source tools to use new networking technologies and typically involve scripting and or programming.

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 about firewall performance testing methodologies

        Achieve knowledge of DBA

        Learn about Automation Frameworks, Cloud, and Virtualization

        Responsible for performance testing of our next-generation firewall platforms

        Build and maintain complex test environment

        Develop and execute test plans and test cases

        Develop tools and infrastructure to improve the quality and efficiency of testing

        Work closely with the Software Engineering, Product Management teams during product development from design to release

        Reproduce and debug issues found during and after software release

        Develop and maintain complex test bed environments

Your Experience

        L2-L3 network testing experience with knowledge of most common switching and routing protocols

        Knowledge of L4-L7 network layers and protocols

        Knowledge of setting test beds and testing in a Virtualization environment, including cloud platforms AWS, Azure, GCP etc.

        Experience testing network security products, preferably with firewalls and intrusion prevention is a plus

        Knowledge of encryption and tunneling protocol test methods is a plus

        Experience with typical test tools from Spirent, Breaking Point, and Ixia is a plus

        Experience with CMS and bug tracking tools as CVS, Perforce and Jira

        Assist in design, monitoring, and administering a scale-able, development and test automation system: From test integration to automation framework with proficiency in Python is preferred

        Provide innovative insight to better the reliability, scale-ability, and maintainability of systems

        Create and execute automated and manual test plans and maintain accurate documentation of results and process

        Knowledge of Windows and Linux system set up and administration is a plus

        Experience with Python, Linux, MySQL, and Networking

Requirements: 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. Please note that we will not be sponsoring work visas for this position. 

The Team

The Performance QA Team is responsible for validating all products including physical, virtual and cloud perform as defined in specifications.

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.