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Intern - Secure Commerce & Border Systems - Technical Graduate Year Round

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 693635

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What Your Job Will Be Like:

We are seeking a Technical Computer Systems intern to join our dynamic team in the Secure Commerce & Border Systems department. On any given day, you may be asked to:

  • Code and test computer applications

  • Support software development, integration, and testing of specialized and commercial software

  • Prepare software requirements specifications, design documents, flowcharts, layouts, diagrams, charts, and test plans

  • Support testing and evaluation of border security technologies

  • Support the identification of new scientific and technical capabilities to increase the effectiveness of systems engineering, communications, and cyber security solutions relating to radiation detection technologies

  • Utilize data visualization tools to process and convey programmatic and scientific data

  • Install, configure, and repair computing or network equipment

Salary Range:

At Sandia, we value the important work done by our interns and its contribution to National Security. Because of this, our interns earn competitive pay rates. Our pay structure is based on earned credit hours, classification, and degree level. Your pay rate will be determined during the hire process and included in your offer package. You can view the Intern Pay Rate chart here ( .

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 a related accredited graduate program

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0/4.0

  • Ability to work up to 30 hours per week during the academic year, and up to 40 hours per week during the summer

  • U.S. citizens, legal permanent residents, asylees or refugees in the U.S.

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Computer programming experience in modern programming languages such as C++, HTML/JavaScript, Python, Ruby, Angular, and the suite of Microsoft web development technologies.

  • Experience with the following: a) defining and documenting user and system requirements, system designs and test plans; b) designing, coding, and debugging software applications; c) developing software applications on multiple operating systems, e.g., Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X or Linux; d) relational database design, database administration, and structured query language, e.g., MySQL, Microsoft SQL Server, PostgreSQL or SQLite

  • Experience with data visualization tools (e.g., Power BI, Tableau)

  • Experience with databases and knowledge of how data interacts with other systems

  • Experience with local and wide area networks, intranets and extranets, switching and routing.

  • Experience in relevant federal and private standards cyber security standards (e.g., NIST, ISO, CNSS, STIGS)

  • Experience in Linux and Windows system architecture and security policies

  • Experience with cloud and containerized software deployment environments (e.g., Azure, AWS, etc.)

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:

The Secure Commerce and Border Systems Department (6813) provides systems engineering expertise essential for the successful execution of programs that advance national security missions related to the National Nuclear Security Agency (NNSA). Our department leverages Division 6000 capabilities to support critical tasks within the International, Homeland, and Nuclear Security Program Management Unit (PMU). We offer comprehensive services throughout the lifecycle of high-value asset security projects, including planning, research, development, analysis, implementation, monitoring, and testing of systems and their components. Our innovative and sustainable solutions are designed to mitigate global proliferation and terrorism risks.

Our current portfolio emphasizes enhancing global capacities to deter, detect, and intercept illicit nuclear and radiological materials at international borders, such as airports, seaports, and land crossings. We collaborate extensively with the NNSA, other national laboratories, domestic and international industries, facility operators, and foreign government officials. Our department leads in systems engineering and integration to develop and implement effective radiation detection systems at strategic international border sites, along with conducting comprehensive systems-level acceptance testing.

Additionally, we spearhead and collaborate with other Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) teams on the Borders and Maritime Security subprogram under the Department of Homeland Security. Our projects cover a wide range of topics, from enhancing cargo security and optimizing port entry operations to developing new methods and simulation tools for systems-level risk assessment and effectiveness evaluation of border and near-coastal security measures. We also focus on improving situational awareness, guiding tactical operations and technology deployment, creating new tools for the detection, tracking, and interception of illegal border crossers, and supporting domestic nuclear detection analyses.

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:

This position does not currently require a Department of Energy (DOE) security clearance.

Sandia will conduct a pre-employment drug test and background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications. Furthermore, employees in New Mexico need to pass a U.S. Air Force background screen for access to Kirtland Air Force Base. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause access to be denied or terminated, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment.

If hired without a clearance and it subsequently becomes necessary to obtain and maintain one for the position, or you bid on positions that require a clearance, a pre-processing background review may be conducted prior to a required federal background investigation. Applicants for a DOE security clearance need to be U.S. citizens. 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.

Members of the workforce (MOWs) hired at Sandia who require uncleared access for greater than 179 days during their employment, are required to go through the Uncleared Personal Identity Verification (UPIV) process. Access includes physical and/or cyber (logical) access, as well as remote access to any NNSA information technology (IT) systems. UPIV requirements are not applicable to individuals who require a DOE personnel security clearance for the performance of their SNL employment or to foreign nationals. The UPIV process will include the completion of a USAccess Enrollment, SF-85 (Questionnaire for Non-Sensitive Positions) and OF-306 (Declaration of for Federal Employment). An unfavorable UPIV determination will result in immediate retrieval of the SNL issued badge, removal of cyber (logical) access and/or removal from SNL subcontract. All MOWs may appeal the unfavorable UPIV determination to DOE/NNSA immediately. If the appeal is unsuccessful, the MOW may try to go through the UPIV process one year after the decision date.


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: 693635

Job Family: 91

Regular/Temporary Position: T

Full/Part-Time Status: P

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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

Life in New Mexico

  • Affordable housing, reasonable cost of living
  • Minimal traffic congestion compared to larger cities
  • Outdoor recreation - Ski, snowboard, hike, etc.
  • Experience rich culture and history
  • International Balloon Fiesta
  • Green chile – NM Cuisine
  • Museums, Parks, Sports

Learn more about Life in Albuquerque, New Mexico


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