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Intern - START HBCU Mechanical Engineering - R&D Undergraduate Summer

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 691405

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What Your Job Will Be Like:

The Securing Top Academic Research Talent at Historically Black Colleges & Universities (START HBCU) Institute is designed to provide collaborations with Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and to develop an intentional talent pipeline for minority students in various Business fields. We are interested in identifying candidates from HBCUs ( and growing collaboration opportunities between HBCUs and Sandia. A key part of this is through granting internships to undergraduate students to work at Sandia National Laboratories. The START HBCU Institute will hire interns into several critical R&D functions.

Are you passionate about your work and dream of utilizing state-of-the-art facilities to explore solutions? Do you want to join a dynamic team that solves significant issues for our nation's security?

As a mechanical engineering intern at Sandia, you will be guided by a technical mentor and work closely with a team of engineers and interns on issues of national significance. Projects are tailored to individuals and can support, but are not limited to, the following mission areas…

  • Remote sensing and technologies in key areas of interest to include space missions, treaty verification, nuclear nonproliferation, cooperative monitoring, surveillance, and reconnaissance.

  • Engineering design, component/subsystem development, and product testing in support of the Nuclear Deterrence (ND) mission

On any given day you will work within a dynamic, multi-disciplinary, team-focused environment, and may be called on to:

  • Perform conceptualization, design and analysis

  • Assist with developing design definition

  • Conduct fabrication oversight

  • Assist with assembly/integration

You will work as a fully integrated member of a highly skilled team in one of the critical disciplines listed below based on your skills and interests:

  • Aerodynamics & Flight Mechanics

  • Mechanical Engineering

  • Ordnance and Propulsion

Students may be sited in either our Livermore, CA or Albuquerque, NM laboratories.

Students will be expected to work full time onsite for the duration of their internship.

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

Additional requirements:

  • Currently attending a Historically Black College or University ( during the Spring term prior to this summer.

Note: If you have not yet started your undergraduate program, please apply to a high school intern position.

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Ability to obtain or maintain a DOE L clearance

  • Experience with design definition, configuration management, requirements development, tracking, and verification

  • Experience with prototyping, mechanisms, controls, sensors, modeling and simulation, geometric dimensioning and tolerancing (GD&T), electro-mechanical interfacing, structural dynamics, mechanical design, software/hardware integration

  • Experience with modeling and simulation platforms, programming languages (CAD, SOLIDWORKS, MATLAB, Ansys, Programming Languages)

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 Securing Top Academic Research & Talent with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (START HBCU) Program fosters strategic academic partnerships with select HBCUs to increase research collaborations with universities with complementary research focus and expertise. START HBCU also facilitates research opportunities for qualified underrepresented minority students, who are pursuing advanced degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

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: 691405

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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

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