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Intern - Mission Tech Computer Science - R&D Graduate Summer

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 692473

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What Your Job Will Be Like:

Ready to join the Sandia mission and work on real-world projects with national security impact?

MissionTech, Sandia’s Nuclear Deterrence (ND) Mission Technologies student program, is seeking motivated computer science graduate students to join us for a summer internship. With a technical focus in engineering design, component/subsystem development, and product testing, you will partner with ND teams to collaborate on real mission-related deliverables. You will use your foundational skills in development and deployment, data analysis, and systems-thinking in an applied contribution to our nation’s security.

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

  • Work within a research and development, science and engineering environment

  • Collaborate with Sandia staff on projects by using the scientific method to recognize and formulate problems, collect data through observation and experimentation, and formulate and test hypotheses

  • Support work in the fundamentals of science and engineering while applying an understanding of engineering and scientific principles

  • Assist in the creation and application of scientific theories, laws, and engineering methods used within engineering disciplines to develop or demonstrate new designs, concepts, software/hardware applications, products, processes, or systems

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:

  • Excellent verbal, written, and presentation skills

  • Demonstrated ability to interact well with diverse teams

  • Demonstrated ability to develop new knowledge and learn new skills

  • Experience with programming languages and platforms (C, Python, Java, MATLAB, LabVIEW)

  • Experience with data acquisition and manipulation, software/hardware integration, DevOps

  • Ability to obtain a Q-Level security clearance

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:

MissionTech is an internship program that serves the Nuclear Deterrence (ND) mission at Sandia National Laboratories. MissionTech comprises five mission centers: 1) System Modernization, Advanced Systems and Digital Engineering; 2) Design Engineering and Assurance; 3) Component Science, Engineering, and Production; 4) Stockpile Systems; and 5) Surety, Design Engineering, and Weapons Quality. Our projects span multiple disciplines across mission-critical work and crosscut across all of ND; projects include engineering design, product testing, component research and development, remote sensing, data analytics, and more.

MissionTech interns are onboarded as an integrated part of their project teams and work collaboratively with experienced technical staff who are leaders and experts in their fields. All projects are reviewed for substance and impact to ensure that interns have a productive learning experience and are contributing to deliverables with real national security implications.

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: 692473

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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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