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Intern - Thermal, Fluid & Aero Sciences - R&D Undergraduate Year-Round

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 691607

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What Your Job Will Be Like:

We are seeking an Intern Year Round - R&D Undergrad to join our dynamic team!

In this position you will conduct chemical and materials science experiments for soft, polymeric materials R&D alongside accomplished scientists while using industry-leading equipment and facilities.

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

  • Support teams performing fundamental, academic research studying the chemistry, rheology, and thermomechanical properties of organic materials and 3D printed materials.

  • Perform laboratory experiments, which include organic synthesis, sample preparation, polymer thermal analysis, microscopy, spectroscopy and basic mechanical analyses.

  • Document procedures and results, organize and plot acquired data using common software, such as Microsoft Excel, and communicate findings.

  • Contribute to general laboratory housekeeping, including cleaning and waste disposal.

    Over the course of the internship, one or two opportunities are anticipated in which the intern will present their work to a larger audience. A primary goal of this research program will be to publish peer-reviewed manuscripts and, as such, the intern will have the opportunity to provide written contributions.

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 an accredited undergraduate program

  • Pursuing a science, engineering, or math major

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0/4.0

  • Ability to work up to 25 hours per week during the academic year, and up to 40 hours per week during the summer

  • U.S. citizenship

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate program in chemistry, biology, materials science, or chemical engineering

  • Fundamental understanding of organic chemistry or materials characterization

  • Hands-on experience working with chemicals in a laboratory setting including buffer solutions, strong acids, strong bases, ethers, amines, chloroform, solvents, aliphatics, aromatics, peroxides

  • Hands-on experimental knowledge including reflux reaction chemistries, column chromatography, vacuum filtration and extractions, UV-Vis spectroscopy

  • Ability to perform independent lab work efficiently and with high attention to detail

  • Ability to work effectively in multidisciplinary teams

  • Strong written and oral communication skills

  • Computer skills relevant for data analysis and presentation (word processing, spreadsheets, presentations)

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:

We conduct applied research on the structure and behavior of complex engineered material systems exhibiting coupled physical processes that span multiple length and time scales. This research encompasses theoretical/computational and experimental methods and analysis of energetic (propellants, explosives, pyrotechnics) and soft materials (complex fluids, aerosols, polymers, powders and particles) and multiphase/composite systems. We support partner organizations in scientific assessments for design, production, performance and safety of material systems (e.g., critical components) as well as in the development and manufacturing of novel materials for high consequence, extreme environment applications.

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: 691607

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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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