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Sandia National Laboratories Intern - Materials Mechanics & Tribology - R&D Undergraduate - Summer in Albuquerque, New Mexico


We are seeking a Summer - R&D Undergraduate Intern to join our dynamic team in Summer 2021!

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

  • Develop computational models to predict a material’s stress state and failure given material properties and relevant boundary conditions and processing history
  • Assist in failure analysis of brittle materials
  • Research, interpret and compile technical knowledge from literature and documents
  • Design, execute and analyze results from experiments and modeling
  • Work independently and identify necessary resources and expertise


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.


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

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


  • Experience with stress analysis and finite element modeling
  • Experience with use of numerical methods in python, Matlab, or other languages
  • Knowledge of materials science and mechanical behavior of materials through work experience or relevant coursework
  • Interest in developing skills to perform quality research and capability development, organize and archive results, and communicate with research team and broader community
  • Experience with fracture mechanics and brittle failure prediction through work experience or relevant coursework
  • Experience with data collection, data processing, modeling, or preparation of manuscripts, presentations, and/or posters
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Critical thinking and organizational skills

Department Description:

The mission of the Materials Mechanics & Tribology department is to develop fundamental understanding of mechanical behavior of materials and to operationalize this understanding to resolve the engineering challenges facing Sandia's national security missions. The department has solved materials problems in Nuclear Deterrence (ND) applications ranging from routine material compatibility concerns to manufacturing scale issues. In addition to ND, the department also has a strong record of applying its resources to develop solutions for many unique challenges including; glass to metal seals, hardening drill bits, lubricating satellite mechanisms, coating hypersonic rails, and even measuring the elasticity of eye corneas.

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:

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.

EEO Statement:

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.