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Intern - Harsh Environment and Energetic Testing and Diagnostics (HEETED) - R&D Graduate Summer

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 691394

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What Your Job Will Be Like:

The Harsh Environment and Energetic Testing and Diagnostics (HEETED) program is seeking interns for the summer of 2024. The program is focused on a variety of topics covering explosives, fire science, and diagnostic development. This internship will provide meaningful, hands-on exposure of the work performed at national laboratories, specifically highlighting Sandia’s mission. Candidates will have the opportunity to partner with engineers and technologists, contributing to multiple mission critical efforts across the laboratory. At the end of the internship, team members will present the results of their work to their peers, staff, and leadership at Sandia.

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

  • Assist staff members performing research and testing on fire science and energetics

  • Assist staff members in the development of advanced diagnostics such as optical, X-ray or other real-time diagnostic methods

  • Process data or script processes using various software systems, including MatLab, Python, LabView, SolidWorks, etc.

  • Research current state of the art in these fields utilizing scientific literature

  • Plan and design experiments, write reports in PowerPoint or Word

Qualifications We Require:

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 in the spring term immediately preceding the internship (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.

Qualifications We Desire:

  • GPA greater than 3.5

  • Pursuing a graduate degree in Mechanical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Materials Science or closely related field

  • Strong written and verbal communication skills

  • Ability to interact well with fellow technical workers of diverse technical backgrounds

  • Prior experience in energetics, combustion, or diagnostic development

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 Engineering Sciences Center continually advances its S&T capabilities to ensure enduring mission relevance and impact. We seek to drive understanding and innovation by integrating theory, computational simulation, and experimental discovery and validation across length and time scales to assess complex physical phenomena and systems for our national security mission. The center stewards a breadth of disciplines for the laboratory including Thermal, Fluid, Aero, and Fire Sciences as well as Structural Dynamics, Shock Physics, and Solid Mechanics. Work in the center spans the RDA spectrum, with fundamental discovery and advanced diagnostics applied to highly integrated full scale physical and computational simulation of engineered systems subjected to extreme environments.

The Explosive Systems and Technologies group provides leading edge training and explosive testing to counter strategic threats. We solve some of the nation’s top energetic challenges with focused research, design and performance validation, cutting-edge predictive modeling, material characterization, effects analysis, high-consequence assessment, and specialized field training. The group operates four explosive test facilities across 913 acres with explosive limits up to 2000 lbs. We also maintain an environmentally controlled detonation facility and an indoor ballistics test facility. The team employs world-class diagnostics, radiography and high-speed videography techniques and equipment to acquire critical test data.

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: 691394

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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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