Enterprise SSD Firmware Engineer Intern

Engineering - Firmware San Jose, California


Position at Samsung Semiconductor, Inc.

Enterprise SSD Firmware Engineer Intern

Summer 2020 internship applications are open November 2019 through January 2020.  Samsung Semiconductor summer internships start in May/June 2020.

Join us for a unique 12-14 week paid internship that offers personal and professional development. You’ll work with the teams that create new computing system architectures needed to support emerging machine learning applications, internet of things (IoT) and edge computing that benefit millions of users.  This program will give you the opportunity work on complex solutions to that address some of the world’s most complex technological challenges.


Based in San Jose, California, Samsung Semiconductor, Inc. (SSI) is a multi-billion dollar subsidiary of Samsung Electronics, Ltd. and a world leader in Memory, System LSI and LCD technologies.  We provide the widest range of memory, logic, storage devices, LED components and LCD/OLED panels to enhance the user experience in home entertainment, mobile devices, lighting and computing. SSI has advanced R&D labs focused on product design and research in memory, displays, logic, image sensors, and mobile technologies. 

We are currently looking for exceptional software talent to join our team in San Jose, CA for the summer of 2019.  We are currently looking for firmware/software engineers to join our rapidly growing effort to develop the next generation of enterprise solid-state flash technologies.  Our core development focus is the host interface firmware layer that sits at the intersection of system software and flash management firmware.  This key host interface firmware technology drives Samsung’s breakthrough V-NAND technology and enables our customer to power performance-oriented, demanding enterprise-class applications including Hyperscale data centers, big data processing and software-defined virtualized storage arrays and infrastructures. 


  • Triage and root cause system, driver and device interoperability issues
  • Development and Debugging of firmware and software for cutting-edge enterprise SSD products
  • Debug, optimize & validate/test SSD firmware on embedded multi-core architectures
  • Support customer qualification of SSD products on OEM Storage Racks and Servers.
  • Learn operations of cutting-edge SSD, system-level operation and test tool suites
  • Write debug software; work with real-time systems and hardware debugging
  • Analyze NVMe or SAS protocol & debug utilities; write API for interpretation of data
  • Develop test cases for actual product development
  • Research and document main issues and feature gaps by testing existing products and system configurations
  • Gain expertise with SSD test automation environment
  • Work with technical lead to present reports to group detailing project work


  • Pursuing a BS, MS, or PhD in Computer Science, Computer Engineering or software-focused Electrical Engineering
  • Knowledge of storage systems and familiarity with flash devices
  • Comfortable in lab environment & interacting with teams; good communication skills
  • Knowledge of revision control tools and processes, including Subversion, Bazaar, or Git and knowledge of C/C++ development for embedded systems, including storage devices and other embedded platforms is desirable.
  • Knowledge or Experience with one or more of the following storage related technologies: NAND Flash/FTL, Fiber Channel, NVM Express (NVMe), SAS, SATA, SCSI, SSD, PCI Express (PCIe), eMMC or UFS is desirable
  • Knowledge or Experience with ARM or equivalent embedded multi-core microprocessor architectures & experience with JTAG/ICE debuggers & protocol analyzers is desirable
  • Scripting experience in one of Python/Perl/JavaScript is desirable
  • Familiarity and experience with modern agile software development methodologies and practices is desirable.



Samsung Semiconductor Inc. (SSI), an equal opportunity employer, is a world leader in Memory, System LSI, and LCD technologies. Headquartered in San Jose, California, SSI is a wholly-owned U.S. subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.- the second largest semiconductor manufacturer in the world and the industry's volume and technology leader in DRAM, NAND Flash, SSDs, mobile DRAM and graphics memory. It is one of the largest providers of system logic, imaging and LED lighting solutions, as well as providing advanced process design and manufacturing for fabless companies. Samsung Semiconductor, Inc. also has a research and innovation center with numerous labs providing product design and research in: logic, memory, image sensors, displays and mobile technologies. In addition, the company supports Samsung Display Company, the largest producer of LCD and OLED displays.



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