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Sandia National Laboratories Intern - Surety Mechanisms R&D Graduate Year-Round in Albuquerque, New Mexico

What Your Job Will Be Like:

We are seeking a Year Round R&D Graduate Intern to join our dynamic team!

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

  • Perform analytical and laboratory work within a research and development, science and engineering environment

  • Work in conjunction with Sandia staff on projects, using the scientific method to recognize and formulate problems, build test facilities, collect data through observation and experimentation, and formulate and test hypotheses

  • Support engineering work while applying an understanding of engineering and scientific principles

  • Assist in the creation and application of engineering methods used within scientific and engineering disciplines to develop or demonstrate new designs, concepts, materials, machines, products, processes, or systems

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.

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 an accredited science, engineering, or math 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. citizenship

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science or related field

  • Excellent verbal, written, and presentation skills

  • Demonstrated ability to interact well with diverse teams

  • Genuine scientific curiosity

  • Demonstrated ability to develop new knowledge and learn new skills

  • Basic proficiency with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

  • Ability to work up to 40 hours per week during the summer, or between 10-30 hours per week during the school year

About Our Team:

We are a mechanical engineering group responsible for the full life cycle of mechanism components for Nuclear Deterrence applications. Mechanisms for which we have design responsibility include unique signal strong links, environmental sensing devices, and weapon release detection switches. We have a diverse team with wide ranges of skills and experience, and we value critical thinking skills and good mechanical insight.

Surety Mechanism interns work collaboratively with experienced technical staff in a research and development environment rich in professional grade applications and facilities as well as the cutting-edge technology that is unique to Sandia National Laboratories. By partnering with product realization teams, you will propose new innovations; solve design challenges; and further develop your technical knowledge, skills, and abilities.

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.

Job ID: 685709