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Intern - Thin Films and Packaging - Technical Undergraduate Year-Round

Albuquerque, NM

Job ID: 692970

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What Your Job Will Be Like:

Are you a creative and detail-oriented person with a passion for applying your skills to meet national security needs? If so, you would be perfect to join our packaging and thin films team. Our team develops a wide variety of custom solutions to meet national security mission needs, including depositing custom thin films and coatings, building intricate microsystems assemblies, and laser machining custom parts and fixtures. If selected for this role, you will become an integral part of the packaging team, with direct impact to our national security mission.

On any given day, you may be asked to do the following:

  • Assist with cleaning, organization, and general housekeeping of in several lab spaces, including class 10,000 clean rooms

  • Track lab supply and chemical inventory levels and coordinate restocking

  • Assist with the operation of the PVD and CVD tools to grow thin films

  • Assist with basic equipment maintenance activities

  • Use microscopes and other metrology equipment to collect, process, and analyze data

  • Conduct searches in the peer-reviewed literature

  • Develop CAD drawings and use 3D printers to print custom fixtures

  • Assist with data preparation and publication, e.g. statistical analysis and preparing graphs, tables, and figures

  • Maintain a well-organized lab notebook

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 a related accredited undergraduate program

  • 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:

  • Undergraduate student (sophomore or junior) majoring in Chemistry, Physics, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science, or a related field

  • Completed basic (freshman-level) Physics and Chemistry courses with labs. Completed or enrolled in Differential and Integral Calculus, Materials Science, Organic Chemistry, and Inorganic Chemistry

  • Experience working in a research laboratory

  • Experience with data collection, statistical analysis, presenting data, and maintaining a lab notebook

  • Fluent with MS Office; experience with LabVIEW, MATLAB, and data processing software packages

  • Experience with CAD software (e.g. AutoCAD, Solidworks, CREO)

  • Experience with 3D printing

  • Able to work in a team as well as independently with minimal supervision

  • Good communication skills - both written and oral

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 Packaging and Thin Films Department specializes in two areas: (1) advanced packaging of electrical, MEMS-based, and optical components, and (2) developing custom thin films for microelectronic, optoelectronic, and tribological applications.

The packaging and thin films team develops custom coatings, prototypes, fixtures, and proof-of concept devices to meet a wide variety of national security mission needs. We have advanced packaging and assembly capabilities that include precision wire bonding of integrated circuits, laser machining, and hermetic sealing, which are used to prototype complex integrated electronics assemblies. Our team also has a wide variety of sputter, evaporative, chemical vapor deposition, and atomic layer deposition systems that are used to probe fundamental materials science in order to develop novel thin films and coatings for tribological, optoelectronic, MEMS, and microelectronic applications.

Our team is committed to ensuring a nurturing environment compatible with a broad group of people and perspectives in accordance with the changing makeup of the workforce. In support of this vision, our center actively recruits applicants from diverse groups of backgrounds and fosters an inclusive community.

Join us and work towards your goals while making a difference!

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: 692970

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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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  • Minimal traffic congestion compared to larger cities
  • Outdoor recreation - Ski, snowboard, hike, etc.
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