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Intern - Global Engineered Security Systems- Technical Undergraduate Year Round

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 689374

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What Your Job Will Be Like:

We are seeking an Intern Year Round - Technical Undergrad

On any given day, you may be called on to perform entry-level work within a technical science and engineering environment working in conjunction with Sandia staff on interdisciplinary projects including:

  • Researching, collecting data, analyzing, documenting, and evaluating systems for use in border security and non-proliferation related equipment in support of U.S. nonproliferation and nuclear security goals.

  • Conducting open-source research from various data sources on geographic regions, countries, adversaries, and pathways to aid staff in evaluating how geo-political conditions impact the mission.

  • Supporting equipment setup and performance testing in both and inside laboratory and outside field environments.

  • Supporting mission related logistical efforts such as international travel trip support, shipping and receiving of items for maintenance and sustainment activities abroad, inspecting received goods and filing Quality Level Inspection Reports, and processing documents for shipping and receiving of equipment.

    Note: This is a fully on-site position.

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.

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.

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 a related accredited undergraduate program

  • 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. citizens, legal permanent residents, asylees or refugees in the U.S.

Qualifications We Desire:

  • General knowledge of technical principles and processes.

  • Understanding of the use a variety of technical tools.

  • Good oral and written communication skills.

  • Ability to contribute in a team environment.

  • General knowledge of project management.

  • General knowledge and good understanding of a suite of software, including Microsoft Office.

  • Ability to model behaviors that reflect Sandia's core values.

About Our Team:

The Secure Commerce and Border Systems Department (6813) provides systems engineering expertise to ensure the successful implementation of programs and projects that further critical national security missions in support of multiple National Nuclear Security Agency (NNSA) efforts. The department stewards Division 6000 capabilities applied to vital missions across the International, Homeland, and Nuclear Security Program Management Unit (PMU). The department's expertise is applied across the entire life-cycle of high-value asset security systems engineering program execution, spanning planning, definition, research, development, analysis, implementation, control, and testing of systems and their components, ultimately delivering innovative and sustainable solutions to reduce global proliferation and terrorism risks. Our current portfolio focuses on strengthening the global capability to deter, detect, and interdict illicit nuclear and radiological material crossing international borders, including airports, seaports, and land crossings. We work closely with NNSA, other national laboratories, domestic and foreign industry, facility operators, and foreign government officials. The department's key role is to lead systems engineering and integration activities to develop and deploy effective radiation detection systems at selected international border locations, and to perform systems-level acceptance testing. The department also leads and partners with other organizations at SNL to perform research and development for the Borders and Maritime Security subprogram in support of the Department of Homeland on a wide variety of topics. These topics include researching, developing, and implementing solutions to cargo security problems; optimizing operations at ports of entry; building, testing and implementing new methods and simulation tools to assess systems-level risk and evaluate the effectiveness of border and near-coastal security systems; enhancing situational awareness and guiding tactical operations and technology deployments; building new tools for detecting, tracking, and interdicting illegal border crossers; and supporting analyses for domestic nuclear detection efforts.

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:

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 need to 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 clearance, a pre-processing background review may be conducted prior to a required federal background investigation. Applicants for a DOE security clearance need to 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.

Members of the workforce (MOWs) hired at Sandia who require uncleared access for greater than 179 days during their employment, are required to go through the Uncleared Personal Identity Verification (UPIV) process. Access includes physical and/or cyber (logical) access, as well as remote access to any NNSA information technology (IT) systems. UPIV requirements are not applicable to individuals who require a DOE personnel security clearance for the performance of their SNL employment or to foreign nationals. The UPIV process will include the completion of a USAccess Enrollment, SF-85 (Questionnaire for Non-Sensitive Positions) and OF-306 (Declaration of for Federal Employment). An unfavorable UPIV determination will result in immediate retrieval of the SNL issued badge, removal of cyber (logical) access and/or removal from SNL subcontract. All MOWs may appeal the unfavorable UPIV determination to DOE/NNSA immediately. If the appeal is unsuccessful, the MOW may try to go through the UPIV process one year after the decision date.


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.

Job ID: 689374

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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

Learn more about Life in Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Sandia is a drug-free workplace. As a national laboratory funded by a U.S. government agency, we are subject to federal laws regarding illegal drug use. Illegal use of a controlled substance, including marijuana even in places where it does not violate state law, may impact your ability to obtain and/or maintain a Department of Energy security clearance, and may result in the withdrawal of an employment offer or termination of employment.

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