Sandia National Laboratories Intern - Center for Cyber Defenders R&D Graduate Summer in Albuquerque, New Mexico


We are seeking an Intern Summer - R&D Grad

Qualified candidates will be placed in a Technical Internships To Advance National Security (TITANS) institute based on their education, experience, and interests.

TITANS consist of the following 6 institutes:

  • The Center for Analysis Systems and Applications (CASA) institute embeds interns with software engineering experts to develop significant mission applications, including remote sensing, data analysis, and real-time applications
  • The Center for Cyber Defenders (CCD) institute develops the next generation of cybersecurity experts contributing to national security by combating cyber-attacks, while gaining practical experience in understanding computer systems, network operations, and information protection
  • The Monitoring Systems and Technology Intern Center (MSTIC) institute develops students interested in remote sensing, space-based systems, sensor technology, and high-consequence systems
  • The Interdisciplinary Design, Engineering, and Assurance Students (IDEAS) institute is a multi-discipline, product focused intern program that provides engineering design, components, subsystems, integration, testing, and field support for nuclear weapons and other national security applications
  • The RISE institute targets students who are interested in developing a wide range of technologies that will enhance, protect, or transform Sandia’s national security mission and IT enterprise
  • The AutonomyNM institute focuses on research and development of autonomous system technologies (including machine learning) in support of the Autonomy 4 Hypersonics Mission Campaign LDRD


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

  • Earned bachelor's degree
  • Currently attending and enrolled full time (or scheduled to graduate in the spring) in an accredited science, engineering, or math graduate program
  • 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 graduate program, please apply to an undergraduate intern position.


  • GPA of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • Working knowledge and understanding of an engineering or science-related field, such as Computer Science, Computer Engineering, or other relevant STEM disciplines
  • Scholarship for Service Recipient

Department Description:

The CCD gives computer science interns practical experience with computer systems, network operations, and information protection. The year-round program combines research with education and provides a venue for interns to perform experiments on attacking and defending computer systems with proper guidance and protective measures in place.

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*

World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers. Learn more about Sandia at:

*These benefits vary by job classification.

Security Clearance:

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

Sandia will conduct a pre-employment drug test and background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications. Furthermore, employees in New Mexico must pass a U.S. Air Force background screen for access to Kirtland Air Force Base. 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, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment.

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

EEO Statement:

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.