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Sandia National Laboratories Intern - TITANS AutonomyNM - R&D Undergraduate Summer in Albuquerque, New Mexico


We are currently hiring Undergraduate Student Interns to join our AutonomyNM Institute team for Summer 2022! Qualified candidates will part of the larger intern hub, Technical Internships to Advance National Security (TITANS) that includes tracks for Cybersecurity, Software and Math and Analytics.

AutonomyNM exists to innovate and implement autonomy solutions for our national security mission. We do this by recruiting the best and brightest from world-class institutions, mentoring the next generation of engineers and scientists, investing in our staff to develop new capabilities, and demonstrating cutting-edge research in the lab and beyond. The AutonomyNM intern program aims to give dedicated students opportunities to develop the leadership, technical, and professional skills necessary to positively impact the nation through autonomous systems R&D.

We are interested in students with a passion for research areas that include autonomous systems, aerodynamics and hypersonic flight, flight vehicle mechanics and modeling/simulation, machine learning, deep learning, complex algorithm development, neural networks, reinforcement learning, computer vision, sensing and perception, localization, sensor fusion, and navigation/guidance/control hardware and software development. Our program is highly interdisciplinary and designed for students pursuing degrees in the following majors, in alphabetical order:

  • Aerospace engineering

  • Computer engineering

  • Computer science

  • Data science

  • Electrical engineering

  • Mathematics

  • Mechanical engineering


Sandia demonstrates its commitment to public safety in the national interest by requiring that all new hires be fully vaccinated or have an approved medical or religious accommodation before commencing employment. The requirement also applies to those who are telecommuting and working virtually.

Any concerns about the ability to meet this requirement should be directed to HR Solutions at (505) 284-4700.


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.


You bring the confidence and skills to be eligible for the job by meeting these minimum requirements:

  • Currently attending and enrolled full time (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

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


  • Proficiency with MatLab, C++, Python, CUDA, or another coding language

  • Experience with Linux operating systems

  • Experience in applied mathematics and statistics

  • Experience with image and signal processing algorithms

  • Experience with implementing autonomous systems and/or machine learning, deep learning, reinforcement learning, computer vision

  • Experience with sensor fusion, estimation, and/or localization/geolocation approaches

  • Experience with aerodynamics, flight mechanics, or flight vehicle modeling and simulation

  • Experience with avionics and/or Navigation, Guidance, and Control software/hardware

  • Familiarity with sensor phenomenology such as optical, multispectral, and radar

  • Familiarity with electrical and mechanical systems integration

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a DOE clearance

    Department Description:

Autonomy NM conducts research and engineering in support of three primary application areas: 1) Onboard autonomy for sensing and target recognition, advanced decisioning, and novel navigation/guidance/control (NGC) systems; 2) Cooperative autonomous systems for high consequence mission execution; and 3) AI-enabled modeling and analysis of national security technologies.

The Autonomy for Hypersonics Mission Campaign (Department 5449) is responsible for university collaborations, an innovative research portfolio in autonomous systems development, and flight demonstrations of technology advancement. The department supports the research and development of software, autonomy algorithms, prototype hardware, target recognition, and navigation/guidance/control. We actively partner with subject matter experts both at Sandia and throughout the nation to execute high-impact research to meet national defense needs.

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 Q-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 DOE, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment.

EEO Statement:

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: 680013