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Intern - Airborne Radar Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Programs - R&D Undergraduate Summer

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 691505

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What Your Job Will Be Like:

Organization 5340 is seeking candidates for Summer 2024 Undergraduate R&D intern positions in our world-class Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) programs. Our engineering teams work closely with student interns to provide hands-on experience across a wide range of research problems in imaging radar design, implementation, and analysis.

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

  • Help with hardware- and software-in-the-loop testing activities

  • Support flight testing teams in RF data collection exercises

  • Curate and prepare RF datasets for analysis

  • Write software applications to support basic RF data analysis

  • Helping prepare briefings and reports for internal and external stakeholder briefings

  • Evaluating state-of-the-art in machine learning applications for imagery analysis

  • Support implementation of customized human-machine interfaces

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 in the spring term immediately preceding the internship (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:

Competitive candidates will have at least one of the following qualifications:

  • Coursework in electrical engineering, computer engineering, electronics engineering, software engineering, applied mathematics, computer vision, physics, or a related STEM field.

  • Coursework or experience using standard engineering applications, such as MATLAB, Simulink, CAD applications

  • Coursework in electrical engineering, software engineering, computer engineering, or a related STEM field

  • Coursework or experience with Python, C/C++, Java

  • Familiarity with Microsoft Office applications

    In addition, candidates must be eligible to obtain a US security clearance.

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.

About Our Team:

The Airborne ISR Systems Group, 5340, designs, develops, and fields state-of-the-art radar imaging systems that address current and future national security needs. We are a “full stack” radar shop responsible for research and development in all areas of airborne radar remote sensing, from mechanical and electrical design to signal processing, data exploitation, and human-machine teaming.

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.

NNSA Requirements for MedPEDs:

If you have a Medical Portable Electronic Device (MedPED), such as a pacemaker, defibrillator, drug-releasing pump, hearing aids, or diagnostic equipment and other equipment for measuring, monitoring, and recording body functions such as heartbeat and brain waves, if employed by Sandia National Laboratories you may be required to comply with NNSA security requirements for MedPEDs.

If you have a MedPED and you are selected for an on-site interview at Sandia National Laboratories, there may be additional steps necessary to ensure compliance with NNSA security requirements prior to the interview date.

Job ID: 691505

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  • Worklife Balance
  • Flexible Work Schedules
  • Generous Paid Time Off
  • Exceptional 401K Savings Plan
  • Medical/Dental/Vision Insurance
  • Wellness Programs
  • On-site Amenities
  • Vacation Buy Plan
  • Telecommuting Arrangements*

*with management approval

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  • Affordable housing, reasonable cost of living
  • Minimal traffic congestion compared to larger cities
  • Outdoor recreation - Ski, snowboard, hike, etc.
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