Sandia National Laboratories Intern - Computational Mathematics R&D Undergrad Year Round in Albuquerque, New Mexico


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

Contribute towards the goals of Office of Science projects on computational plasma modeling and tokamak disruption simulations. We are seeking students to contribute to the following topics:

  • Learn the software infrastructure that supports Sandia’s Drekar code, concurrently there will be instruction and self-study in the basic underlying mathematical models for MHD and plasma models
  • Contribute to aspects of code porting, code maintenance, code verification, and model development
  • Work closely with team members to extend the capabilities of the simulation code in physics and algorithmic areas
  • Help with specific scientific simulation studies and parallel and algorithmic scaling studies


You bring the confidence and skills to be eligible for the job by meeting these minimum requirements:

  • Currently attending and enrolled full time 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 25 hours per week during the academic year, and up to 40 hours per week during the summer
  • U.S. citizenship

Additional Requirements:

  • Communication skills appropriate for participating in multi-disciplinary teams of mathematicians, engineers and computer scientists
  • Must be pursuing degrees in mathematics, computer science, statistics, or related fields with a strong academic record
  • Coursework on partial differential equations (PDEs) and electricity and magnetism (E&M)
  • Familiarity with C++


  • Familiarity with computational plasma modeling
  • Familiarity with Sandia codes, specifically Trilinos or Drekar
  • Familiarity with tools and practices of scientific computing

Department Description:

The Computational Mathematics Department (01442) conducts research in computational and applied mathematics motivated by science and engineering applications of interest to Sandia National Laboratories and the U.S. Department of Energy. Members of the department interact and collaborate with a broad range of Sandia and DOE staff and also maintain a research presence in the external professional community by collaborating with universities and industry, publishing peer-reviewed literature, participating in professional societies, and refereeing and editing for journals.

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 withamazingimpact 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 schedules, generous vacations,strongmedical and other benefits, competitive 401k, learning opportunities, relocation assistance and amenities aimed at creating a solid work/life balance*

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Security Clearance:

This position does not currently require a Department of Energy (DOE)-granted security clearance.

Sandia will conduct a pre-employment drug testing, and a pre-employment background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record checks, and employment and education verifications. Further, employees in New Mexico must pass a U.S. Air Force background screen for access to the work site. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause access to be denied or terminated, rendering the inability to perform the duties assigned and resulting in termination of employment.

If hired without a clearance, and one subsequently becomes required or you bid on positions that require a DOE-granted security clearance, a pre-processing background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record and credit checks, and employment and education verifications may be conducted prior to a required federal background investigation. Applicants for DOE-granted security clearances must be U.S. citizens and be able to obtain and maintain the appropriate DOE security clearance as required for the position.

EEO Statement:

Equal opportunity employer/Disability/Vet/GLBT