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Intern - Biosciences and Chemical Defense - Clerical Union Undergraduate Year-Round

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 691544

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What Your Job Will Be Like:

We are seeking an Intern Year-Round - Clerical Union Undergraduate Intern to support managers, staff and administrative professionals in Group 8630, Biosciences and Chemical Defense.

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

  • Support office functions including administrative processes.

  • Work closely with administrative professionals to ensure that tasks are completed in a timely and accurate manner.

  • Work closely with experienced administrative professionals, learn best practices, and develop a comprehensive understanding of administrative functions.

  • Engage with staff to provide support, address questions, and assist with organizational duties.

  • Assist in preparation of documents, including forms, reports, slides, charts, etc. in accordance with SNL policies and procedures. Assist in editing and formatting documents for both internal and external recipients.

  • Assist in handling telephone communications and receiving visitors which includes ascertaining nature of calls or visits; taking messages or scheduling appointments; responding to routine questions or referring individuals to appropriate sources of information; and serving as an information resource to the manager and staff.

  • Assist in placing purchase orders and supply orders.

  • Assist with meeting preparation, including copying and collating. Assist with the upkeep of building records, such as rosters, space documents, phone, and data port logs, etc. Assist with special event planning. Assist with mail distribution and mailbox upkeep.

  • Utilize Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook in performing daily operations.

    As a condition of employment, the selected candidate will be represented by the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU), which requires monthly membership dues or agency fees.

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

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5/4.0

  • 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

As a condition of employment, the selected candidate will be represented by the Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU), which requires monthly membership dues or agency fees. New hires into an OPEIU represented position will remain in the initial position for twelve (12) months before being eligible to be considered for other Sandia employment.

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Strong academic achievement, as evidenced by strong GPA and academic honors and recognition.

  • Strong, professional written and verbal communication skills

  • General office skills including use of the MS Office Suite of tools (including Word, Excel and PowerPoint, Outlook)

  • Highly organized and strong attention to detail

  • Able to follow complex work processes with accuracy and speed.

  • Good multitasking capabilities

  • Strong customer service focus

  • Ability to problem solve.

  • Self-motivated and able to work independently.

  • Dependable and possess initiative and enthusiasm.

  • Proactive approach

  • Ability to work mornings during the academic school year.

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 Biosciences and Chemical Defense Group, which is part of Sandia's Biological, Radiation and Signatures Science and Technology Center, supports mission areas in biodefense, emerging infectious disease, and biofuels. The Center performs exploratory science and develops technology to address pressing national needs in energy security, homeland security, and national defense. Through extensive partnerships inside and outside Sandia, the Center is focused on understanding and countering natural, traditional, and engineered biological threats, as well as on developing alternative lignocellulosic and algal-derived transportation biofuels. The Molecular and Microbiology and Environmental Systems Biology Departments conduct fundamental and applied research in cell biology, immunology, genomics, phenomics, microbiomics, materials science and microbiology, with a focus on the development and use of innovative bioanalytical technologies such as synthetic biology, nanotechnology, multi-omics, advanced optical imaging, and data analysis tools to advance the understanding of biological systems. Key sponsors include the DOE Office of Science (Biological and Environmental Research; Basic Energy Sciences), the DOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Advanced Research Project Agency-Energy, Department of Defense, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, Department of Homeland Security, and the National Institutes of Health.

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: 691544

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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

Life in New Mexico

  • Affordable housing, reasonable cost of living
  • Minimal traffic congestion compared to larger cities
  • Outdoor recreation - Ski, snowboard, hike, etc.
  • Experience rich culture and history
  • International Balloon Fiesta
  • Green chile – NM Cuisine
  • Museums, Parks, Sports

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