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Intern - Safeguards and Security - Business Undergraduate Summer

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 691487

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What Your Job Will Be Like:

We are seeking an Intern Summer - Business Undergrad to support the Safeguards and Security Program at Sandia National Laboratories. This position will support a group level organization with three departments with the programs noted below.

The Safeguards & Security (S&S) Program's purpose is to protect people, information, facilities, and material to enable our national security mission. S&S solves security challenges by listening to customer needs and then developing and implementing solutions. S&S continues to monitor and manage risks that could adversely affect the security of our operations and safety of our workforce. Those risks include:

  • a continued increase in Incidents of Security Concern (IOSCs);

  • an increase in clearance processing times;

  • an active shooter;

  • an insider threat that may maliciously release critical and/or classified information;

  • Members of the Workforce who travel and conduct business internationally

    The Safeguards and Security Programs include functional areas that offer security expertise to members of the workforce, mission partners, and stakeholders. Expertise is offered through development and dissemination of critical security guidance and key services that mitigate and assess risk to protect the members of the workforce and national security.

    Focal initiatives implemented by the Safeguards and Security Programs include:

  • Authorizing appropriate security access to people, facilities, and information.

  • Ensuring safe, secure, and efficient foreign travel for members of the workforce.

  • Assessing and tracking the storage of accountable nuclear material (ANM).

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

  • Support team members in project deliverables tied to Safeguards and Security objectives.

  • Help coordinate communications and information flow between organizations and team members for greater efficiency.

  • Contribute to continuous improvement methodology

  • Partner with Safeguards and Security professionals and obtain knowledge and experience with the functions of the departments supported in this Safeguards and Security group level organization.

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 related undergraduate 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 undergraduate program, please apply to a high school intern position.

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Strong organizing and communications skills

  • Desire to learn about Safeguards and Security at a national laboratory.

  • Excellent teaming skills

  • Proactive problem solving

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:

To support the mission, multiple Sandia organizations acquire, use, and possess accountable nuclear materials. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) requires all sites that possess accountable nuclear materials to establish and maintain nuclear material management (NMM) and Material Control & Accountability (MC&A) programs. Nuclear Material Management programs are designed to ensure that nuclear materials are managed as valuable assets, used appropriately, and disposed of properly when no longer needed. MC&A programs are designed to deter and detect theft and diversion of nuclear material by both outside and inside adversaries. The Nuclear Material Management/MC&A Department develops and implements effective NMM and MC&A programs that are compliant with DOE/NNSA requirements, while supporting line organizations mission objectives.

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: 691487

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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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