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Intern - Applied Science & Tech Maturation - R&D Undergraduate Year-Round

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 692609

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What Your Job Will Be Like:

We are seeking undergraduate student interns to support research and development in the Applied Science and Technology Maturation Department in advanced manufacturing processes. Our team’s research vision is to leverage state-of-art manufacturing technology to impact current and future systems. This work will be performed onsite at Sandia in Albuquerque and will require a time commitment between 10 to 20 hours per week in the laboratory.

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

  • Characterize printed components using latest digital inspection tools.

  • Operate various commercial 3D printing tools

  • Support the operation and maintenance of AM tools

  • Support design and computer aided drafting (CAD) for 3D printing

  • Characterize printed materials for physical, mechanical, and/or electrical properties

  • Contribute to research reports and publications

    Outstanding candidates will demonstrate their interest in additive manufacturing by academic and/or practical experience in AM. The successful candidate must be customer oriented and possess good interpersonal skills. Self-initiative and self-motivation are necessary.

    Specific job assignments will depend upon the intersection of the needs of the projects at the time and the skills of the student. We expect this to be a multi-year internship and the intern’s responsibilities will grow as they gain experience.

    Student Internships are career development opportunities. We are especially interested in supporting interns who are interested in long-term working relationships and who are interested in applying to graduate school in a related field.

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 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

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Classroom and/or laboratory experience at the undergraduate level with any of the following would be helpful in making an immediate impact:

  • (1) additive manufacturing; (2) programming CNC systems or motion platforms; (3) CAD-Solidworks/CREO

  • Demonstrated experience working in a research laboratory environment

  • Demonstrated interest in Advanced Manufacturing

    We would also like to see that you can demonstrate the following qualities in order to work in a high-performing team environment:

  • Dedication to laboratory safety

  • Ability to work independently and in teams

  • Technical background and passion to learn new tools/techniques and to share knowledge with the team

  • Flexibility to changing tasks and projects as needed

  • Problem-solving skills to develop creative technical solutions

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

  • Eagerness to work and share in a multi-disciplinary team environment

  • The addition of diversity to the department through background, experience, interests, etc.

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE Q 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 mission of the Neutron Generator Applied Science and Technology Maturation Department is to conduct focused research towards the discovery, integration, and protection of the scientific knowledge behind the design, production, and sustainability of neutron generators. Our work uses computational modeling, materials science, chemistry, plasma science, high voltage & arc physics, advanced manufacturing methods, and neutron testing to support manufacturing and design. Along with our internal expertise, we also collaborate with a variety of internal organizations and external institutions to accomplish our goals. We apply this knowledge in creative and innovative ways for understanding the health of the existing stockpile, to design for the future, and to support national security. Research Areas within the Department include: properties of materials containing tritium, thin film structure of rare earth and transition metals/materials, surface and interface properties, gas-solid interaction, hydride formation and hydride thin film properties, encapsulation and mold release processes, plasma physics and modeling, and additive manufacturing investigations of metals and ceramics.

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 Q-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 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: 692609

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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.
  • Experience rich culture and history
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