Technical Compliance and OBD Intern (Master's Student)

Long Beach, CA
Certification & Regulatory Affairs – EPA/CARB Liaison & Compliance Testing (4033) /
Intern /
Embedded in a worldwide network Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America continuously strives to remain at the forefront of successful automotive research and development. MBRDNA is headquartered in Silicon Valley, California, with key areas of Autonomous Driving, Advanced Interaction Design, Digital User Experience, Machine Learning, Customer Research, and Open Innovation. In Farmington Hills, Michigan, the focus is on Powertrain and eDrive technology as well as in Long Beach, where the teams test durability of the latest driver assistant and telematic systems. The Digital Hub in Seattle focusses on developing a cloud architecture and building out the cloud platform for the next generation of connected car services. The Testing and Regulatory Affairs Division in Ann Arbor and the Advanced Vehicle Design in Carlsbad complete the competence center.

The Technical Compliance and OBD Certifcation Intern is part of a cross-functional team that supports fuel consumption, emissions and OBD certification and compliance testing for the US market. We are seeking a talented and motivated summer intern to assist in the creation and enhancement of code that interacts with measurement, calibration, and diagnostic software. The ideal candidate will have a passion for software development, strong problem-solving skills, and the ability to work with complex systems.

In this position, you will get insights into the US certification process and will help the team to improve existing processes. Our ideal candidate is pursuing a Master's Degree, and available to intern from June to December. This position is fully on-site in Long Beach, CA, Monday through Friday - no remote or hybrid arrangements are possible. Relocation assistance (domestic or international) is not provided for this position.

Job Responsibilities:

    • General support in regard to AECD documentation and OBD Certification topics.
    • Support of the team by creating and maintaining VBA-based documentation and evaluation files.
    • Support new tool development based on the requirements.
    • Analyze data, summarize results, and prepare technical reports for internal development partners.
    • Support collaboration within MBRDNA on common projects and objectives.
    • Collaborate with the compliance team to understand requirements and specifications for code development.
    • Assist in the creation and optimization of Python scripts to manipulate data and generate reports.
    • Create and maintain data visualization dashboard using Power BI or similar tools.
    • Troubleshoot and debug existing code to ensure functionality and reliability.
    • Utilize Python libraries such as Pandas, Matplotlib, Openpyxl, and others for data manipulation, visualization, and Excel file handling.
    • Develop and maintain clear and concise documentation for the codebase and scripts.
    • Work closely with team members to test, review, and implement software changes or improvements.

Minimum Qualifications:

    • Pursuing a Masters degree in Mechanical/Automotive Engineering, Data Science, Computer Science or related field.
    • Familiarity with software development methodologies and practices.
    • Prior experience or coursework in Python programming and data manipulation. 
    • Proficient in Python programming language with experience in writing efficient and maintainable code.
    • Familiarity with libraries and frameworks commonly used in data manipulation and analysis such as Pandas, Matplotlib, NumPy, and Openpyxl.
    • Understanding of software development concepts including debugging, version control (e.g., Git), and best practices.
    • Equipped with problem-solving skills and a solution oriented mindset.
    • Attention to detail in coding and data handling.
    • Ability to work independently and as part of a collaborative team.
    • Ability to act and perform under every circumstances with personal integrity and represent the certification values.
    • Experience with VBA and Excel, or other programming skills.
    • Experience basic documentation principles.
    • Detail-oriented mindset.
    • Ability to execute and develop detailed documentation.
    • Ability to learn and understand different technical topics fast and being able to discuss and explain it to internal stakeholders.
    • Ability to clearly discuss and communicate complex technical topics in a diverse multicultural environment.
    • Desire to build effective working relationships.
    • Desire for continuous, personal development and growth.
    • Frequent use of speech, vision, hearing, use of hands for computer use and presentations. Frequent sitting, standing and reaching with hands.
    • Valid US Driver's License.
Additional Information:
The current hourly rate for this position is as follows and may be modified in the future: $28 (Undergraduate Students)/$32 (Graduate Students)/$36 (PhD)

Intern Benefits/Perks:
• Sick Time

Why should you apply?
Here at MBRDNA, you create digital ecosystems around cars, you design a language between humans and machines, you make a car even more intelligent - you make the new reality for cars. We have an open and flexible environment to allow you to push boundaries, join MBRDNA and design your future.

Benefits for Full-Time* Employees Include:
• Medical, dental, and vision insurance for employees and their families
• 401(k) with employer match
• Up to 18 company-paid holidays
• Paid time off (unlimited for salaried employees), sick time, and parental leave
• Tuition assistance program
• Wellness/Fitness reimbursement programs
• Vehicle lease subsidy or company car (for eligible employees only)
* Internships & Contractors excluded from Full-Time Employee benefits

MBRDNA is an equal opportunity employer (EOE) and strongly supports diversity in the workforce. MBRDNA only accepts resumes from approved agencies who have a valid Agency Agreement on file. Please do not forward resumes to our applicant tracking system, MBRDNA employees, or send to any MBRDNA location.  MBRDNA is not responsible for any fees or claims related to receipt of unsolicited resumes.

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