Sandia National Laboratories Intern - Pulsed Power Engineering R&D Undergrad Summer in Albuquerque, New Mexico


We are seeking a summer intern to fill an R&D position that will support design and product realization efforts for the Pulsed Power Sciences Center.

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

  • Use engineering principles to research, design, or develop structures, instruments, machines, experiments, processes, systems, and technologies
  • Work with engineers and scientists to establish product design requirements, goals and objectives
  • Conceptualize, design, analyze, and assist with product realization of hardware on next-generation accelerators and pulsed power experiments
  • Create and modify three-dimensional models and detailed drawings in collaboration with engineers and designers
  • Gather information, conduct studies, perform calculations and prepare layouts and/or sketches to present/propose design concepts
  • Design new components applying engineering principles and processes to satisfy fit, form and function requirements in a collaborative environment with engineering and design partners
  • Collaborate with a team of engineers and technicians to realize hardware or resolve issues with existing hardware


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.

Additional Requirements:

  • Good communication skills (oral, written, and listening); personal and professional integrity and maturity; ability to work well both independently and as part of a team
  • Experience with 3D modeling and drafting in engineering design software (CAD), specifically CREO
  • Experience in hardware design
  • Desire to learn and questioning attitude
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Department of Energy (DOE) L-Level security clearance


  • Pursuing a mechanical engineering degree
  • GPA greater than 3.7/4.0
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office specifically Excel, Work, and PowerPoint
  • Proficiency with CREO and Solidworks
  • Experience with hardware realization
  • Experience with finite element analysis and software such as ABAQUS and ANSYS
  • Experience with MATLAB or equivalent program
  • Experience with Pulsed Power Systems (mechanical systems in extreme high current and voltage environments)
  • Ability to work in energetic and high-performance teaming environment

Department Description:

The Pulsed Power Engineering Department (01693) provides engineering to support the advanced science research and development programs in the Pulsed Power Sciences Center at Sandia National Laboratories. The department’s engineers and designers work together with the Center’s scientists to deliver engineered solutions in the complex development needs of next generation advanced pulsed power accelerators, and enhancement of current machines.

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:

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) L-level 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 must 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, disability, or veteran status.