Technology Scout Intern / Masters Thesis - New Tech Team

Who is Zenuity? 

A joint venture owned 50/50 by Volvo Cars and Veoneer, we are creating software for autonomous driving vehicles. 

Watch these short videos to gain insight to our culture, work environment and inspiring work that we’ve showcased at Las Vegas CES 2019. 

-Click here to check out our Autonomous Valet Parking Demo at CES

-Click here to watch our short Zenuity movie


Main responsibilities 

In this role you will be in a key position to create a brighter future for society and mobility. At Zenuity we are making it real by building a robust self-driving software platform. 

Though new as a company, Zenuity combines years of AD and ADAS experience from our parents Volvo Cars and Autoliv. Fully Agile operational mode enables us to move quickly and be open for changes and trying out new things while speeding the innovation adaptation rate in our technology. 

You will be part of the team at Zenuity Silicon Valley Tech Hub with mission to connect the external innovation with the internal experts through connecting people and ideas.  

The ideal candidate will have a passion towards automated driving, connected cars, and future mobility. The daily job of technology and innovation scouting will be to interact with start-ups, incubators, accelerators, VC’s, academia and tech companies as well as attending and hosting events. You will evaluate, forge and foster long term strategic partnerships as well as screen the competitor landscape.  

As an intern, you will also play a key role in organizing the scouting data in a CRM-like tool and helping to define the process for evaluating the potential leads inside of Zenuity.  

As a Master's Thesis student you'll get an opportunity to work in a project related to scouting of proof of concepts as defined in collaboration with the university. The topics vary in nature and setup, but always require an entrepreneurial mindset.


Your responsibility comprises:  

  • Scouting start-ups and technology trends (30%): Research, identify and evaluate specific business opportunities as well as innovative technologies. Work with product management and R&D to discover and evaluate new markets and products that can be derived from emerging technologies. Reach out to potential companies, arrange and facilitate meetings. 
  • Business Strategy and Development (10%): Define, validate, improve and execute strategic plans. Activities would include, but not be limited to, primary research, market and competitive analysis and customer need assessment. 
  • Partnership Development (20%): Identify, build and manage long-term relationships with strategic partners in pursuit of growth opportunities. Initiate and complete touch points, presentations, negotiations, legal and licensing agreements with partners as needed. 
  • Project / CRM management (40%): Define, develop and maintain a database of scouted start-ups and other leads and follow-ups   


To be successful in this role you should have: 

  • Pursuing or newly graduated BS or MS with dual focus both in technology and/or business, either as part of the degree or through prior work experience. Technical studies should be in a relevant area, e.g. automotive, robotics, computer science or electronics. 
  • Must be available for 6-12 month
  • Experience in networking / partnering functions e.g. through student associations or similar 
  • Prior experience in the automotive or affiliated space 
  • Understanding of existing and emerging automotive, cloud computing, consumer electronics, digital, entertainment and mobile trends 
  • Innovative thinker who enjoys working on green field opportunities; University studies or prior experience with innovation management desired 
  • A passion for developing solutions from concept to completion 
  • Share our Zenuity values; I dare to, I am curious, I engage, I trust, and I share…with the highest integrity 


In addition, we believe that the filling the following requirements would be beneficial 

  • Experience from Agile methodologies and Jira 
  • Previous scouting or innovation research experience 

Interviews are held on a continuous basis, so we highly recommend that you submit your application at your earliest convenience.


Full medical/dental/vision

401(k) and Gain Sharing with
company matching funds

Generous Vacation, Personal Time Off and Holidays

College Savings Plan

Car Allowance Program

Generous Parental Leave


Flexible working hours & great work-life balance

Dynamic work environment with attractive and flexible work spaces


With the skillset and mindset described you have the chance to make self driving cars a reality as an engineer at our site in Detroit.

We are really excited to welcome candidates with these skills so don't hesitate to take the chance of a lifetime!

Zenuity work proactively to create a culture of diversity and inclusion, where individual differences are appreciated and respected. To drive innovation we see diversity as an asset, which means we value and respect differences in gender, race, ethnicity, religion or other belief, disability, sexual orientation or age etc.

Interviews are held on a continuous basis, so we highly recommend that you submit your application at your earliest convenience.

Or, know someone who would be a perfect fit? Let them know!

California, US or Munich, GER

95050 Santa Clara Directions

Making safe and intelligent mobility real.

At Zenuity, we lead the global movement of crafting tomorrow's mobility with the software platform of choice. Our mission is to “Make safe and intelligent mobility real, for everyone, everywhere”. This statement marks our conviction and dedication to bring autonomous driving out on the streets for real and is at the center of everything we do.  

We could not dream of achieving this without our great teams of very talented people. We are on this journey together and our agile way of working is reflected throughout our entire organization; it is part of our culture and how we work, develop and grow together. 


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