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Intern - Lethality & Threat - R&D Undergraduate Summer

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 692733

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What Your Job Will Be Like:

Sandia’s Lethality and Threat department (5417) is currently seeking a Summer – R&D Undergraduate Intern interested in one of the following technical areas: shock physics modeling and simulation (M&S) and/or testing, hydro-structural analysis, non-linear solid mechanics, lethality engineering, or hypersonics. The selected candidate will be provided opportunities to apply theories, laws, and methods across a range of scientific and engineering fields to develop or demonstrate new designs, concepts, materials, products, processes, or systems. Computational simulation, analysis, and evaluation are expected activities. The successful candidate will work closely with the technical staff to apply integrated technical judgment to anticipate, innovate, and deliver solutions to Sandia National Laboratories missions.

On any given day, one may be called upon to:

  • Conduct research to deepen their understanding and background in at least one of following technical areas by working closely with technical staff to perform technical analysis on any key programs supporting the national defense: shock physics, hydro-structural interactions, high-rate structural mechanics, lethality/vulnerability evaluations, or hypersonics.

  • Expand their experience and proficiency in MATLAB, python, or other programming language to develop tools and perform analysis

  • Develop and implement novel scientific and engineering test and analysis approaches to address technical needs associated with the national defense

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 the spring term immediately preceding the internship (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

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

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Interest and/or experience in one or more of the following technical areas: shock physics modeling and simulation and/or testing, hydro-structural analysis, non-linear solid mechanics, or lethality engineering.

  • Interest and/or experience in the material sciences including modeling and simulation, testing, and characterization of advanced composites and foam material response

  • Experience using MATLAB, python, or other programming language to develop tools and perform analysis

  • Experience with hypervelocity gas guns

  • Experience in large-scale, parallel computing for analysis

  • Experience performing assessments using fast running Lethality/Vulnerability engineering codes

  • Strong presentation abilities

  • The ability to work successfully in a team environment

  • Experience with Computer Aided Design (CAD)

  • An active DOE Q-level security clearance; or other equivalent active security clearance such as DOD Top Secret

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:

Sandia National Laboratories Lethality and Threat organization plays a key role in supporting the Missile Defense Agency (MDA) technically and programmatically across both the Lethality and Threat mission spaces. The department supports multiple DOE and DoD customers in support of national security using our advanced solid mechanics, coupled hydro-structural, and shock physics analysis capabilities. The organization is a key member of the Missile Defense Agency’s Corporate Lethality Program and provides technical support with an emphasis on using first principles computational tools for the development and evaluation of lethality/vulnerability criteria for target reentry vehicles, assessment, and characterization of post-intercept debris and associated signatures for target typing and kill assessment, hypersonic defense lethality, as well as other missile defense related applications. The department also supports MDA’s Threat Engineering efforts by reaching across the intelligence community and laboratory to engage experts across a wide range of technical areas including Computed Aided Drafting (CAD), Coupled Aero-thermal analysis, Trajectory analysis, and other specialized areas to develop comprehensive threat packages.

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 Q-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 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: 692733

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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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