Sandia National Laboratories Intern - Weapon Surety Engineering I R&D Undergraduate Year Round in Albuquerque, New Mexico


The Weapon Surety Engineering I department is seeking a year-round, mechanical engineering intern to support weapon surety activities through a variety of assignments.The selected candidate will perform entry-level work in conjunction with multi-disciplinary Sandia staff on projects that involve applying integrated technical judgment; this requires using the scientific method to recognize/identify problems, utilizing data to formulate and test hypotheses, and communicating and documenting justification that validate hypotheses. Candidates must have the ability to learn quickly and handle multiple work assignments. Demonstrated organizational and communication skills are important for success in this position.

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

  • Support component development, design and production (based on interest and available projects)
  • Learn fundamentals in

  • Nuclear safety

  • Failure evaluation and mitigation
  • Component function and system integration
  • Gather, analyze, and document data
  • Perform other duties assigned under the direction of a staff mentor


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

Additional Requirements:

  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Department of Energy (DOE) security clearance
  • Currently pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering


  • CAD experience
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Willingness to communicate with team members and mentors from different backgrounds
  • Strong desire to contribute to national security
  • Experience with failure analysis and mitigation
  • Experience evaluating experimental data and model output
  • Motivated to learn new processes and technologies
  • Ability to learn quickly and handle multiple work assignments
  • Ability to contribute in a team environment

Department Description:

The Weapon Surety Engineering I Department is a customer-focused organization that provides engineering and system analysis expertise to ensure a safe deterrent throughout the entire weapon lifecycle. Engineers develop a deep knowledge in both component and system function to support rigorous evaluation and mitigation of potential failure modes. We operate across multiple engineering disciplines (mechanical, electrical, computer, materials and systems engineering) with opportunities to develop cross-disciplinary capability. The team supports a variety of stockpile systems and is part of the product teams during development, design and production, as well as advanced concept and exploratory efforts. Our engineers use their extensive component and system knowledge, as well as experimental data and modeling to ensure products function as intended with assured safety. Members of our department learn the function of multiple components, how those components integrate within the system and apply surety principles and processes to ensure a safe, secure, reliable, and effective U.S. nuclear deterrent.

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 withamazingimpact 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 schedules, generous vacations,strongmedical 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:

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) L-level 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 must 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.

EEO Statement:

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.