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Intern - Growing STEMS - R&D Undergraduate Year Round

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 693114

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What Your Job Will Be Like:

We are seeking a highly motivated Intern Year Round - R&D Undergrad to join a dynamic team and assist in designing and conducting laboratory testing experiments to improve our abilities to detect PFAS. These experiments span across technical disciplines and require interaction with staff across a broad range of knowledge and expertise to properly construct and conduct the tests. Work will be primarily conducted in a collaborative group coordinating across different scientific and engineering disciplines to develop materials for effective PFAS sorption and methods for PFAS quantitation at trace concentrations. An intern with interest in environmental science, analytical chemistry, or materials science, are being sought.

On any given day you will be involved in:

  • Perform materials characterization, such as spectroscopy, scanning electron microscopy, thermal gravimetric analysis, etc.

  • Work closely with experimentalists to provide validated results of complex and challenging problems.

  • Aid in analytical measurement and detection of PFAS.

  • Synthesizing materials to sequester PFAS.

  • Perform adsorption and desorption experiments.

  • Development of new testing setups/techniques for unique sample geometries and/or environmental constraints.

  • General lab maintenance.

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

  • Be enrolled at one of the following institutions that qualifies for the Growing STEMS program with Sandia National Laboratories: Texas Tech, NM Tech, University of California-Merced, Amarillo College

  • 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:

  • Pursuing a degree in Chemistry. Materials Science & Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Geology, Environmental Science, or a related discipline.

  • College level general chemistry and lab or equivalent (AP Chemistry with 4 or 5).

  • At least one college-level laboratory class in a STEM subject area.

  • Experience in safe handling of chemicals and materials.

  • Experience with data analysis and reduction.

  • Proven evidence of excellent teaming, interpersonal and written communication, and organizational skills.

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 Storage and Transportation Technologies Department conducts the R&D to support the development of the technical basis for the extended storage and transportation of commercial used nuclear fuel, and safeguards and security modeling and analysis of nuclear fuel cycle facilities. The department performs research pertaining to many areas of used nuclear fuel storage, transportation, and security. Within this department, this team is linking up with Geochemistry and the Materials Reliability groups to develop new methods for PFAS sequestration and degradation as well as critical material recovery from unconventional sources.

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 L-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 the 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: 693114

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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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