Intern - Competitive Testing

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 Competitive Testing team at Palo Alto Networks. You will play a key role in providing detailed technical information to our partners, customers, and our employees. You will work with cutting edge technology, redefining the future of network security. You will perform competitive analysis, perform technical gap analysis and support the product management team in identifying next-generation innovations.


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


        1:1 mentorship

        Fun and engaging events that inspire your intellectual curiosity

        Opportunities to expand your knowledge and work on challenging projects

        Connections to other interns, recent grads, and employees across the company as well as our leaders.


Your Impact


        Setup and maintain competitive test lab including test harness, competitive products, automation environment, etc. 

        Configure and test competitive products, evaluate product strengths for security efficacy, product features etc.

        Work with marketing to develop collaterals with battle cards, presentations, white papers, etc.

        Work with Engineering in identifying product gaps based on competitive analysis and work with PMs to drive enhancements to bridge them.

        Be the domain authority on Palo Alto Networks products to help Systems Engineers with product related questions

        Identify Sales challenges based on any competitive situations and provide solutions

        Document technical concepts to ensure our products are well understood and utilized to the greatest extent possible


Your Experience


        Computer Science or engineering major with courses in computer/network/data security.

        Course work or research on pen-testing, ethical hacking or related areas.

        Strong programming skills, Python preferred

        Knowledge of various NGFWs, IDS/IPS systems, and test tools

        Understanding of network and application security threats, attack techniques, and mitigation options

        Excellent written and verbal communication skills


Requirements – To apply, you must be pursuing a 4-year Undergraduate Degree, 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’re facing. For the fastest-growing cybersecurity company, the curve is the evolution of cyberattacks, and the products and services that proactively address them. Our Product Management Team helps us do just that.

This team provides the behind-the-scenes support for our products by being a source of information for our systems engineers, staying on top of the environment we sell in, and helping to implement technical solutions based on our client’s feedback and needs. As threats and technology evolve, we stay ahead to accomplish our mission.


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.