Sandia National Laboratories Intern - Experimental Mechanics R&D Undergraduate Year Round in Albuquerque, New Mexico


We are seeking an Intern Year Round - R&D Undergrad to support experimental testing in the Structural Mechanics Laboratory.

Your specific work days and work hours during the school year are: a minimum of 10 hours per every 30 consecutive days, and a maximum of 25 hours per week at times/days of your discretion that will not interfere with your academic performance. During school breaks, your work days and work hours will be up to full-time (40 hours per week).

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

  • Support physical mechanical testing at quasi-static rates of materials and structures. These efforts would cover the full spectrum of the research – development – applications domain. The lab includes a pressure test cell, multiple MTS load frames ranging from 22-220 Kips, a three-axis force table, a large structural frame and multiple actuators and sensors.
  • Perform sample preparation including imaging
  • Perform post-test sample investigation
  • Review and evaluate post-test data
  • Perform data reduction
  • Create testing profiles in testing software


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:

  • Current enrollment in an accredited university, pursuing a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Applied Mechanics, Material Science, or Nuclear Engineering or a closely related discipline
  • Ability to work on-site at the Sandia National Laboratories New Mexico site
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE L clearance
  • Basic knowledge of Strength of Materials or equivalent Solid Mechanics subjects


  • Experience or academic focus in the area of experimental solid mechanics
  • Experience in a laboratory environment (e.g. use of mechanical test frames, cameras, detectors, electronics, and data acquisition systems)
  • Experience with Excel, Matlab and image processing software
  • Experience with CAD modeling
  • Ability to work independently and integrate effectively into a dynamic teaming environment.
  • Attention to detail
  • Good interpersonal, organization, and communication skills both oral and written
  • Commitment to engineering excellence and continuous improvement, including a dedication to performing high quality work safely

Department Description:

The Experimental Mechanics Department 1528 is part of the Engineering Sciences Center at Sandia National Laboratories. Our center is the steward of engineering mechanics for Sandia and we are dedicated to solving our customer’s most pressing and important national security problems. Our department specializes in experimental technologies related to structural mechanics. With our state of the art experimental technologies, technical expertise, and analytical capabilities in sister departments, we provide integrated customer solutions in the following areas: accurate characterization of structural response of systems to force and pressure environments, development and application of state-of-the-art radiographic and acoustic diagnostics, structural dynamics testing including modal analysis and vibration characterization, and development of experimental configurations. Our mission is to support fundamental research, development, model validation, and qualifications.

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:

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE)-granted L-level security clearance.

Sandia is required by DOE directive to conduct a pre-employment drug testing, and a pre-employment background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record and credit checks, and employment and education verifications. Applicants for employment must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE L-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship.

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, rendering the inability to perform the duties assigned and resulting in termination of employment.

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.