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Intern - Security, Arms Control, and Force Protection Engineering (iSAFE) - RD Undergraduate Summer

What Your Job Will Be Like:

The Interns for Security, Arms control, and Force protection Engineering (iSAFE) Institute is one of the premier Intern Institutes at Sandia National Laboratories. We are currently seeking outstanding undergraduate students majoring in Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. Interns will work on high-caliber, multi-discipline, cohesive teams to support programs and projects related to United States National Security. These projects include but are not limited to, critical asset protection and security, nuclear weapons and force protection, and weapons of mass destruction nonproliferation and cooperative threat reduction, energy and homeland security, intelligence science, and reliability engineering.

On any given day, you may be called on to:

  • Work with your team in designing, developing, implementing, testing, and delivering advanced data processing and exploitation software
  • Work with your team in designing, developing, and conducting tests and experiments related to our NS missions
  • Work in a collaborative and learning environment and assume significant responsibilities for assisting in the development of first-of-a-kind hardware and software solutions and data exploitation methods to solve challenging technical problems for national security needs
  • Utilize your knowledge, skills, and abilities to deliver quick and accurate solutions to complex and nationally significant problems
  • Develop new skills that focus on addressing needed capabilities for our projects
  • Contribute to data analysis and review in support of our NS mission projects
  • Contribute to reports and papers on technical topics
  • Help to identify and implement new tools and approaches to solving complex technical problems
  • Work with other Sandia National Laboratories Intern Institutes on shared projects.

Posting Duration:

This posting will be open for application submissions for a minimum of seven (7) calendar days, including the ‘posting date’. Sandia reserves the right to extend the posting date at any time.
Qualifications We Require:
You bring the confidence and skills to be eligible for the job by meeting these minimum requirements:
  • Currently attending and enrolled full time (or scheduled to graduate in the spring) in an accredited undergraduate program
  • Pursuing a science, engineering, or math major
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0/4.0
  • Ability to work up to 40 hours per week during the summer
  • U.S. citizenship

Note: If you have not yet started your undergraduate program, please apply to a high school intern position.

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Self-motivated, hard-working, detail-oriented with problem solving skills
  • Ability to work well in a team environment
  • Experience with modeling: SolidWorks, CAD
  • Knowledge in programming and scripting languages such as C, Python, MATLAB, LabVIEW
  • Embedded Systems Hardware Layout Specifications (e.g. making sure that the controller has the proper pins connected to the proper places)
  • Knowledge of Embedded Systems Programming/Testing

About Our Team:

The Interns for Security, Arms control, and Force protection Engineering (iSAFE) Institute provides the opportunity to develop next-generation systems for compelling national security missions. Our interns work on complex and challenging problems to lower the risk posed by high-consequence events, such as nuclear and biological proliferation, terrorist threats, catastrophic incidents, and potentially destabilizing world and national events. Our projects range from small R&D and data analysis efforts to large, multidisciplinary team collaborations on complex multidimensional national security deliverables. Sponsored by Sandia’s Global Security Division, iSAFE offers our interns the opportunity to work with highly competent technical mentors and staff members which enhances the intern's experience at Sandia, while contributing to challenging national security mission problems. The mission of iSAFE is to identify and attract highly skilled interns to Sandia National Laboratories and provide contributions to national security through the effective use of science, technology and full-spectrum system solutions to lower the risk posed by high-consequence events. iSAFE’s objective is to create a pipeline of highly skilled and competent STEM interns for possible future employment at Sandia.

About Sandia:

Sandia National Laboratories is the nation’s premier science and engineering lab for national security and technology innovation, with teams of specialists focused on cutting-edge work in a broad array of areas. Some of the main reasons we love our jobs:

  • Challenging work with amazing impact that contributes to security, peace, and freedom worldwide
  • Extraordinary co-workers
  • Some of the best tools, equipment, and research facilities in the world
  • Career advancement and enrichment opportunities
  • Flexible work arrangements for many positions include 9/80 (work 80 hours every two weeks, with every other Friday off) and 4/10 (work 4 ten-hour days each week) compressed workweeks, part-time work, and telecommuting (a mix of onsite work and working from home)
  • Generous vacations, strong medical and other benefits, competitive 401k, learning opportunities, relocation assistance and amenities aimed at creating a solid work/life balance*

World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers. Learn more about Sandia at:*These benefits vary by job classification.

Security Clearance:

Sandia is required by DOE to conduct a pre-employment drug test and background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications. Applicants for employment need to be able to obtain and maintain a DOE L-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship. If you hold more than one citizenship (i.e., of the U.S. and another country), your ability to obtain a security clearance may be impacted.

Applicants offered employment with Sandia are subject to a federal background investigation to meet the requirements for access to classified information or matter if the duties of the position require a DOE security clearance. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause a clearance to be denied or terminated by the DOE, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment.


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status and any other protected class under state or federal law.

Job ID: 685900