Intern - Software Engineer in Test (Cortex)

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

Palo Alto Networks® Cortex Data Lake Platform team enables you to consume security innovations quickly and efficiently. The Cortex Data Lake team extends the capabilities of the Palo Alto Networks Security Operating Platform

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.

Learning Opportunities

  • Test scalable software features and help automate on our next-generation Application Framework

  • Work with different development and quality assurance groups to achieve the best quality

  • Work with DevOps and the Technical Support teams to troubleshoot customer issues

  • Learn the latest Big Data Technologies and get hands-on experience by working on them 


The successful applicant should…

  • Have extensive hands-on programming skills in Python or proficiency in at least 1-2 other programming languages

  • Understanding of Big Data Technologies such as Kafka, Big Query, Kubernetes, Docker

  • Networking skills is a plus

  • Experience in one or more cloud platforms, such as AWS, GCP, is a plus

  • High energy and the ability to work in a fast-paced environment

  • Strong collaboration and 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 authorization to work within the United States.

The Team

Our Cortex team is responsible for extending the capabilities of the Palo Alto Networks Security Operating Platform with apps for detection, analytics, automated prevention, and rapid response.                               

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.