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Intern - Strategic Workforce Initiative (MSIPP) - R&D Graduate Summer

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 691537

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What Your Job Will Be Like:

We are seeking Summer - R&D Graduate Interns to join our dynamic team! The DOE/NNSA Minority Serving Institutions Partnership Program (MSIPP) is aimed at developing the next generation of experts in cyber and information security specialist. This internship program is designed specifically for students from Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) who are currently pursuing degrees in the field of Computer Science, Computer Architecture, Computer Engineering, or any closely related field of study and are interested in furthering their knowledge in the area of cyber security and information protection while working on their undergraduate degree. The MSIPP program also provides students with the opportunity to work on a diverse collection of ongoing Sandia projects focused exclusively on high-consequence information systems and various aspects of cyber security research, including conducting science-based computer security research and vulnerability analysis as well as developing computer security tools. The MSIPP program matches skills of qualified candidates with projects and provides mentorship. The goal of the MSIPP is to foster students' appreciation for the unique challenges of cyber security and encourages the exploration of original ideas necessary to keep pace with both the rapid changes in information security technology and the increasing sophistication of cyber threats.

Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) that qualify for this internship:

  • University of Texas at San Antonio

  • University of Nevada at Las Vegas

  • Savannah State University

  • North Carolina Agricultural & Technology State University

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.

Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) that qualify for this internship:

  • University of Texas at San Antonio

  • University of Nevada at Las Vegas

  • Savannah State University

  • North Carolina Agricultural & Technology State University

Qualifications We Desire:

  • GPA of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale

  • Desired skills in network programming, system testing, virus and malicious code defense and basic cryptography

  • Desired skills in Computer hardware, knowledge such as FPGA, VHDL, Low Level Programming

  • Desired skills in software tools such as IDA Pro, VMware, Wireshark

  • Desired skills in programming and scripting languages such as C,C++,C#, Java, Python, Ruby, PHP, SQL

    Additional Requirements for the MSIPP:

  • Majoring in Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Mathematics or a very closely related field of study

  • Graduate students should have demonstrated knowledge and understanding of information security, computer architecture, and networking

  • Demonstrated knowledge of at least one or more programming languages

  • Ability to work with more than one operating system

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 mission of Sandia National Laboratories’ Information Operations (IO) Program is to conduct research to assess, design, implement, and influence the development of national-security information systems and technologies in support of the defense and intelligence communities. Sandia is a national leader in cyber threat-discovery techniques. The team’s success is grounded in a half century of experience analyzing complex systems as well as their ability to leverage Sandia’s wide-ranging expertise and capabilities in science, engineering, and technology.

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: 691537

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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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  • Affordable housing, reasonable cost of living
  • Minimal traffic congestion compared to larger cities
  • Outdoor recreation - Ski, snowboard, hike, etc.
  • Experience rich culture and history
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