Tableau Software Research Intern in Palo Alto, California

Research Intern

Department: Engineering

Location(s): Palo Alto, CA or Seattle, WA

Tableau Software is a company on a mission. We help people see and understand their data. After a highly successful IPO in 2013, Tableau has become a market-defining company in the business intelligence industry. But don’t take our word for it—read what analysts like BARC and Gartner have to say about us. (Spoiler: You’ll find terms like “Leader” and “#1.”)

Tens of thousands of companies and organizations have chosen Tableau. From the executive suites of Fortune 500 companies to the jungles of Central America, from immunology research labs to high school robotics club meetings, our software can be found anywhere people have data and questions. Additionally, journalists, bloggers, and major media web sites have embraced our free product, Tableau Public, for its ability to help them share data online in the form of interactive visualizations. Check out all of our products at: at .

Tableau’s culture is casual and high-energy. We are passionate about our product and our mission and we are loyal to each other and our company. We value work/life balance, efficiency, simplicity, freakishly friendly customer service, and making a difference in the world. Tableau offers exceptional professional and financial growth potential.

To learn more about Tableau’s mission, please visit: at


Tableau is on a mission to help people see and understand data, which requires significant innovation.  Tableau Research is a small team that uses academic methodologies to foster innovation throughout the company. 

  • Research topics of interest for a data-focused internship include the following: machine learning, data sketching, approximate query processing, optimization, compilation, performance, domain specific languages, data cleaning, and data analytics.

  • Research topics of interest for a visualization-focused internship include the following: visual analytics, data visualization, human computer interaction, natural language processing, collaboration, graphical perception, dashboards, and storytelling with data.

Our research innovation often involves a dual focus on data and visualization.

A research internship is typically a mutually formulated project that furthers both a graduate student’s research career and a research topic that is being explored by a member of Tableau Research.  Research internships at Tableau provide excellent opportunities for graduate students to publish their work at top academic conferences and help drive innovation in our products. Research internship start and end dates are flexible with regard to academic schedules.  A typical internship involves three months of full-time work.

What you’ll be doing…

As a Research Intern you will work closely with a mentor who is a member of Tableau Research on a mutually formulated project.  Interns will typically meet daily with their Tableau Research mentor.  The intern will be asked to present a couple of times during the internship at our weekly Research Workshop.  The research typically involves designs and prototyping, supported by design critique and engineering support from Tableau engineering. Research interns will be expected to co-author an academic paper when that makes sense for a given project.

Who you are…

  • Educated.  You are a PhD student in computer science or a related field. 

  • Data Rockstar.  Your research passion aligns with Tableau’s mission to help people see and understand data.

  • Excellent Communication.  You have clear written and oral communication skills.

  • Highly Technical.  If your project involves prototyping, you have strong technical skills to prototype in a language of your choice - C++, C#, Java, D3/JavaScript, Python.