Sandia National Laboratories Intern - ISR Real Time Processing R&D Undergraduate Summer in Albuquerque, New Mexico


We are seeking an Intern Summer - R&D Undergrad

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

  • Work with the software development team to develop flight software for Sandia’s airborne synthetic aperture radar systems
  • Develop extensions to nightly regression test suites
  • Automate the transfer, analysis, and display of generated data and test results


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

  • Currently attending and enrolled full time (or scheduled to graduate in the spring) 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 40 hours per week during the summer
  • U.S. citizenship

Additional Requirements:

  • Experience writing basic software programs, including file I/O, RegExp, and data structures
  • Familiarity with navigating *nix operating systems and user-level commands for file and directory management
  • Experience with basic shell scripting

Note: If you have not yet started your undergraduate program, please apply to a high school intern position.


  • Understanding of basic Linux/Windows system administration, including authentication schemes, file systems and network shares, and job scheduling
  • Web UI development experience
  • Experience with Python
  • General understanding of typical software development lifecycles and engineering best practices

Department Description:

Sandia National Laboratories offers state-of-the-art capability in the design and development of Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) Systems, from system design through system integration to data collection and analysis. As a multidisciplinary laboratory, Sandia applies world-class expertise, such as high performance computer processing, semiconductor device physics, mechanical stress analysis, flight dynamics, motion measurement, etc., to the difficult problems Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) and Ground Moving Target Indication (GMTI) systems may present. Department 5348, ISR Real-Time Processing, develops and delivers highly advanced digital hardware and software solutions to meet the demands of embedded processing for advanced radar (SAR/GMTI) and other advanced RF system development activities. Software development capabilities include: object-oriented analysis and design, operating system development, configuration and setup, quality attribute driven design, model-driven development, component-based development in support of a software product line, automated testing, low-level driver software for COTS and custom hardware, real-time embedded software, concurrent software for multi-core processors and GPUs, and GUI software. Digital design capabilities and duties include: advanced digital signal processing (analysis, simulation and implementation), high speed ASIC and FPGA design, use of common digital interface architectures with embedded processors, high-speed PCB design (digital and mixed-signal), and VHDL design, simulation, implementation and test.

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.