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Sandia National Laboratories Intern - Computer Science, R&D Undergrad Year Round in Livermore, California

What Your Job Will Be Like:

We are seeking an Intern - R&D Undergrad Year Round

Sandia National Labs is seeking an intern to participate in the development of Decision Support software for the Leading Edge Advancement Project (LEAP); LEAP is one of the exciting satellite ground station projects within the Advanced Systems Programs’ portfolio of projects. The selected applicant will bring software skills to join a highly productive team that researches and develops innovative solutions to a broad spectrum of problems of national importance. The intern will be a member of Sandia’s California campus. This is a virtual work position. Folks, who live within reasonable commuting distance, will be asked to occasionally come to the office.

Brief description of Sandia’s satellite program:Beginning with the VELA satellite program for detecting nuclear bursts in the 1960s, Sandia has designed sensors and accompanying ground processing systems to support verification of international arms control agreements. Sandia has fielded payloads and ground processing systems for numerous Defense Support Program and Global Positioning System satellites. Sandia continues to be involved in the development, deployment, and operation of remote sensing systems that provide the DoD and other government agencies with unparalleled real-time decisional information

On any given day, you will be called upon to:

  • Use Java and JavaFX to add new capabilities, enhance existing features, write unit tests & integration tests, or perform system tests. Most of these features enhance situational awareness to allow for informed decision making.

  • Collaborate in an innovating environment to design and develop advanced data processing software for complex real-time decision support systems.

  • Apply software engineering knowledge and skills to develop front-end and back-end code.

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:

  • 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. citizen, asylee, refugee, or lawful permanent resident of the U.S.

Qualifications We Desire:

Desired :

  • Working knowledge of Java, C++ or C#

  • Experience with object-oriented design and general software development processes

  • Demonstrated ability to work successfully on a large-scale software project

  • Demonstrated ability to successfully modify complex user interfaces in JavaFX or Java

  • Comfortable working with advanced programming concepts such as generics, function interfaces, lambda, streams, property binding, concurrency, etc.

  • Completed or enrolled in a data structures course

  • Interest in decision support software

  • Experience designing and building interactive data visualizations is a plus

  • Familiarity with JavaFX is a plus

  • Experience with developing real-time decision support systems is a plus

  • Ability to work effectively in a small collaborative Agile development team

About Our Team:

The Quantitative Modeling and Analysis Department conducts research, development, and systems engineering in computer science and engineering to address important, complex national security problems. Key research areas include uncertainty quantification, optimization, inference modeling, data analysis, and algorithm development. Much of our application development work focuses on verification, validation and uncertainty quantification of complex problems. We provide trusted design and software development for large, operations software as well as detailed scientific computing software. The work is focused on providing efficient, validated information and technologies for use in predictive modeling and decision making.

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:

This position does not currently require a Department of Energy (DOE) security clearance.

Sandia will conduct a pre-employment drug test and background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications. Furthermore, employees in New Mexico need to pass a U.S. Air Force background screen for access to Kirtland Air Force Base. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause access to be denied or terminated, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment.

If hired without a clearance and it subsequently becomes necessary to obtain and maintain one for the position, or you bid on positions that require a clearance, a pre-processing background review may be conducted prior to a required federal background investigation. Applicants for a DOE security clearance need to be U.S. citizens. 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.

Members of the workforce (MOWs) hired at Sandia who require uncleared access for greater than 179 days during their employment, are required to go through the Uncleared Personal Identity Verification (UPIV) process. Access includes physical and/or cyber (logical) access, as well as remote access to any NNSA information technology (IT) systems. UPIV requirements are not applicable to individuals who require a DOE personnel security clearance for the performance of their SNL employment or to foreign nationals. The UPIV process will include the completion of a USAccess Enrollment, SF-85 (Questionnaire for Non-Sensitive Positions) and OF-306 (Declaration of for Federal Employment). An unfavorable UPIV determination will result in immediate retrieval of the SNL issued badge, removal of cyber (logical) access and/or removal from SNL subcontract. All MOWs may appeal the unfavorable UPIV determination to DOE/NNSA immediately. If the appeal is unsuccessful, the MOW may try to go through the UPIV process one year after the decision date.


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: 685389