Intern - Threat Research Engineer

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

Our Security Research Group is responsible for building next generation threat prevention and antivirus solutions and shipping high quality content to our products to prevent successful cyberattacks. The areas include malware analysis, IoT security, Web security, network security, privacy protection.  

We are looking for a talented and motivated intern who will be able to conceive, design, implement and evaluate systems to detect and prevent various threats in the security landscape.

Your Impact

  • Opportunity to learn to analyze and identify real world malware and exploits
  • Gain hands-on experience with scalable, extensible and real-time detection/prevention systems
  • Learn to leverage data-driven approaches to automatically identify threats
  • Publish discoveries to the public and be recognized by peers and media!

Your Experience

  • Have great passion and be highly self-motivated on security research, especially on discovering real world security problems, and addressing in-the-wild security threats
  • Anyone of the following(s)technical skills:
  • Knowledge or experience on binary reverse engineering and network traffic analysis
  • Client/Server, distributed system development experience; Familiarity with basic network protocols, such as TCP/IP, HTTP, DNS
  • MacOS security research experience
  • Windows security research experience
  • IoT security research experience
  • Linux security research experience
  • Excellent programmer; experience with building tools or automate a procedure from scratch by yourself.Preferably using Python or Shell
  • Be comfortable working independently, efficiently
  • Good knowledge of machine learning models and data driven approaches
  • Proven success (past publication record, open source project contributions) is a big plus

The Team

Our global internship program trains the next generation of cybersecurity talent across a range of specializations, from threat intelligence to information security, engineering, and marketing. The program also features a combination of challenging projects with tangible impact, engaging social events, and networking opportunities. Interns and recent graduates can learn about the network security industry from leading thinkers, grow their professional networks, and be part of a career-defining experience.

The duration of our Internship Program is 5-6 months and provides you:

  • 1:1 mentorship by industry leaders
  • 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

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

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.

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