Intern - SaaS Research Engineer

  • Santa Clara, CA, USA
  • Intern
  • Department: Information Security

Company Description

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.

Job Description

Your Career

We are looking for a motivated, intelligent, hardworking and creative intern to join the SaaS Security team as a SaaS Research Engineer. As a Security Research Engineer, you will be part of a team that researches on network traffic to identify signatures of SaaS Applications and help identify all Security compliance attributes for those SaaS applications. You will be applying your network knowledge on our SaaS security product to build SaaS Signatures at scale and help build various analytics on SaaS usages. You will be working on our SaaS Security Engineering and Research team who builds automated systems, writes signatures to detect SaaS application usage and help build compliance attributes for these applications.

Our Summer Internship Program from May-August or June-September provides you with:

  • 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.

Your Impact

  • Build and Review SaaS applications signatures and help us validate / improve them on a volume basis to increase coverage on the number of supported applications.

  • Ensure our applications' signatures are of highest quality to maintain very high customer satisfaction.

  • Automated repeatable processes to make impact on a very large volume of application signatures.


Your Experience


  • Experience with Python.

  • Knowledge of L7 networking and information on how to interpret network traffic headers.

  • Currently enrolled in a 4-year Undergraduate Degree, 2-year Master's Degree,, or Doctorate degree program and returning to school in the fall.

  • Authorization to work in the United States.


  • Familiarity with Java., AWS, and/or GCP.

  • Experience with other Basic understanding of common network protocols such as TCP/IP, HTTP, SMTP and FTP.

  • Experience in analyzing SaaS applications looking at network traffic to identify anomaly / security issues.

  • Experience with tools like Wireshark.

  • Experience with Fiddler Proxy.

Additional Information

The Team

To stay ahead of the curve, it’s critical to know where the curve is, and how to anticipate the changes we’re facing. For the fastest growing cybersecurity company, the curve is the evolution of cyberattacks, and the products and services that proactively address them. Our engineering team is at the core of our products – connected directly to the mission of preventing cyberattacks. They are constantly innovating – challenging the way we, and the industry, think about cybersecurity. These engineers aren’t shy about creating products to solve problems no one has tackled before. They define the industry, instead of waiting for directions. We need individuals who feel comfortable in ambiguity, excited by the prospect of challenge, and empowered by the unknown risks facing our everyday lives that are only enabled by a secure digital environment.

Our engineering team is provided with an unrivaled opportunity to build the products and practices that will support our company growth over the next decade, defining the cybersecurity industry as we know it. If you see the potential of how incredible people products can transform a business, this is the team for you. If you don’t wait for directions, instead, identifying new features and opportunities we have to just get better, this is your new career. 

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 [email protected].

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.

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.

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