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Qualcomm Hardware (Digital Design, DV, CPU, GPU) Engineering Internship – Summer 2024 in Santa Clara, California


Qualcomm Technologies, Inc.

Job Area:

Interns Group, Interns Group > Interim Engineering Intern - HW

General Summary:

Before there were smartphones or smart cities, before autonomous cars or 360° virtual reality videos, there was our technology. Headquartered in San Diego, for over 30 years Qualcomm inventions have inspired others to make the impossible, possible. From 5G to artificial intelligence, from IoT to automotive and extended reality applications, Qualcomm is inventing the technologies of an intelligently connected future, spearheading research efforts for the next global wireless standard, and collaborating with industry leaders in the wireless value chain to make this future a commercial reality. You’re bringing skills. We’ll provide the environment and the experience to push your limitless potential. Join us for our U.S. 2024 summer intern program! 

As a Qualcomm Hardware Engineering Intern, you’ll have the opportunity to push the boundaries of what exists and help establish the new standards for tomorrow. You will leverage your electrical and/or computer engineering degree to work on one of the following Qualcomm multi-disciplinary teams: System (architecture, modeling), Front-end Design (micro-architecture, modeling, RTL), Implementation (synthesis & timing constraints), Design-for-Test (DFT), Physical Design (Place & route, CTS, timing closure), Pre-silicon Verification (DV), Emulation, Post-silicon Validation (VI), CAD, GPU Design, and Machine Learning.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Currently enrolled in a bachelor’s, master’s, or Ph.D. degree program in computer engineering, computer science, electrical engineering, or a related field

  • Must be available for 11 – 14 weeks during Summer 2024 (May-September) with a graduation date of December 2024 or later

Successful candidates will have experience in one or more of the following Hardware technical tracks:

Digital Design/DV (Wireless)

  • RTL development for modem physical and MAC layer processing

  • Development of verification components using System Verilog and UVM

  • Participating in model cellular modem datapaths for bit exact correctness and verification of wireless modem

  • Digital design fundamentals and digital signal processing

  • Wireless communication, digital communication, communication theory

  • Cellular (LTE, 5G) and WiFi (802.11 be)

  • C, Perl, Verilog, System Verilog, C++, Matlab

GPU (Multimedia)

  • Engineering design and development in MSM SOC (Mobile Station Modem System on chips) and Chipset Architecture

  • ASIC implementation of Image processing Camera IP

  • GPU pipeline validation (stimulus generators, checkers, monitors, drivers and models for power/performance)

  • Graphics power analysis & optimization (Vulkan)

  • C, Perl, Verilog, System Verilog, C++, Python


  • Validation of concepts and high-level system requirements related to CPU and SOC level micro-architecture

  • Develop detailed test and coverage plans based on the architecture and micro-architecture

  • Develop verification methodology, ensuring scalable and portable environment

  • Develop verification plans and test benches

  • Execute verification plans, including design bring-up, DV environment bring-up, regression enabling for all features, debug of the test failures

  • Verification methodologies and tools such as simulators, coverage collection, gate level simulation, waveform viewers

  • C, C++, Python


  • Mixed signal IP and high speed interface (ADC/DAC, PLL, Sensor, Serdes, DDR, etc.) architecture definition, design, implementation (using standard ASIC flow), and SoC integration

  • RTL coding, lint checks, CDC checks, DFT updates, formal equivalency checks, and ECO implementation

  • Static timing analysis and optimization of high-speed critical paths and complex mixed-signal IPs

  • Cadence Design Environment

  • Low power analog/digital design

  • Perl, Verilog, Shell, Python, Tcl, SystemVerilog

Qualcomm’s Internship Program

Our interns join world-class teams to help define and build what is next for mobility and the world. You’ll be paired with a mentor with visibility to your project and team, receive support from your manager, and have access to the entire Qualcomm employee community to ensure your success. To round out your summer internship, we host professional development workshops, social events, cross-functional speaker sessions, and an executive speaker series. In addition to competitive hourly pay and accrued vacation time, you will receive relocation coverage and furnished housing accommodations for the duration of your internship.

When applying, you can specify which technical track(s) you would like to be considered for. By applying here, you are expressing interest in one of our many 2024 Qualcomm Hardware Engineering internships. It is important to note that this is not a job posting for a specific role. We will review resumes on an ongoing basis, and a recruiter may reach out to you.

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Pay range:

$0.00 - $0.00

The above pay scale reflects the broad, minimum to maximum, pay scale for this job code for the location for which it has been posted. Even more importantly, please note that salary is only one component of total compensation at Qualcomm. We also offer a competitive annual discretionary bonus program and opportunity for annual RSU grants (employees on sales-incentive plans are not eligible for our annual bonus). In addition, our highly competitive benefits package is designed to support your success at work, at home, and at play. Your recruiter will be happy to discuss all that Qualcomm has to offer!

If you would like more information about this role, please contact Qualcomm Careers (http://www.qualcomm.com/contact/corporate) .

EEO Employer: Qualcomm is an equal opportunity employer; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, Veteran status, or any other protected classification