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Intern - MEMS Technologies - R&D Undergraduate Summer

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 692547

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What Your Job Will Be Like:

We are seeking undergraduate student interns to support semiconductor cleanroom fabrication of microelectromechanic systems (MEMS). Our team’s research vision is to scientifically understand the physics of electromechanical and optomechanical behavior at microscales and to apply our understanding to engineer physical systems. For example, we are developing microsystem technologies for sensors, RF signal processing, and quantum information systems by exploiting the optical and electromechanical physics at the microscale.

For this posting, we are seeking summer undergraduate student interns who want to gain skills relevant to a career in MEMS fabrication, especially in modern micro-scale optical systems, microelectronics, sensors, and quantum information systems. This work will be performed onsite at Sandia in Albuquerque.

On a given day, you may be called upon to:

  • Apply existing knowledge and gain new knowledge toward fabricating photonic, phononic, nano-optomechanical, or RF microsystems.

  • Assist with laboratory maintenance and experiment setup

  • Program computers to control data acquisition, acquire and manage data, analyze data, etc.

  • Work in a team environment, learn from others, and contribute your knowledge to the team.

    Specific job assignments will depend upon the intersection of the needs of the projects at the time and the skills of the student. Assignments are expected to grow in sophistication as the student gains experience. All students will learn about opto-electromechanical microsystems. Depending on the project, students may have the opportunity to work with optical and electrical data acquisition systems, MEMS fabrication, and/or photolithography mask design.

    Student internships are career development opportunities. We are especially interested in supporting students who are planning to pursue a related field in graduate school. The development of an undergraduate thesis topic related to this work is possible. Continuation to a graduate student internship is also possible. Qualified, current graduate students are encouraged to contact the manager directly.

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:

The desired characteristics below represent both potential starting points and opportunities for learning and growth in this position. Training will be provided for specific job tasks.

  • Academic standing as a Junior is preferred

  • Experience working in a laboratory and in a semiconductor fabrication cleanroom

  • Classes/experience with microelectronics, RF electronics, optical systems, laser systems, or microfabrication

  • Classes/experience with computer programming, especially for data acquisition

  • Classes/experience with finite element analysis tools

    Ideally, we would like to see that you possess the following qualities:

  • Flexibility to changing tasks and projects as needed

  • Problem-solving skills to develop creative technical solutions

  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills

  • Eagerness to work and share in a multi-disciplinary team environment

  • The addition of diversity to the department through background, experience, interests, etc.

  • Pursuing an undergraduate degree in physics, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, or a related field of study

  • Must be able to work at least 10 hours/week, 20 hours/week preferred, and full-time during the summer, onsite at Sandia National Laboratories, Albuquerque

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:

You will be part of the MEMS Technology Department ( We conduct research and development for advanced micro-electromechanical systems that push the technology envelope for national security applications. Our broad R&D portfolio includes traditional MEMS sensors and actuators (e.g., inertial sensors and switches), piezoelectric devices (e.g., ultrasonic transducers), RF/acoustic devices (e.g., RF filters), opto/acoustic devices (e.g., optical modulators), magnetic and photovoltaic devices, and emerging technologies. We also develop and maintain a comprehensive set of MEMS fabrication processes in Sandia's MESA Silicon and Micro Fabs, where we build MEMS with traditional bulk and surface micromachining, piezoelectric films, damascene and electrodeposited metals, through substrate vias, wafer bonding, and other semiconductor fab processes. MEMS is an interdisciplinary field. So our team includes a great diversity of technical backgrounds, including electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, aerospace engineering, chemical engineering, materials science, chemistry, physics, nuclear engineering, and even civil engineering. We highly value technical competence and entrepreneurial spirit. We welcome diversity of all kinds and strive for an inclusive environment.

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: 692547

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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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