Sandia National Laboratories Intern - Engine Combustion R&D Graduate Year Round in Livermore, California


We are seeking an Intern - Engine Combustion R&D Graduate Year Round to assist with the development of new optical and/or conventional diagnostics to investigate in-cylinder engine processes related to heat transfer losses and emissions formation.

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

  • Design, fabricate, install and/or test components for optically accessible research facilities and laboratory infrastructure
  • Develop instrumentation and control systems for temperature, pressure, and flow
  • Develop data acquisition systems and data processing codes
  • Design and implement laboratory safety systems, including gas sensors, interlocks, pressure relief, and seismic restraints
  • Develop/apply image processing codes for part qualification, image distortion correction, and engineering/scientific data analysis
  • Participate in research projects, potentially leading to technical publications.

You should enjoy working in a challenging and dynamic environment requiring independent work and constant learning. You will be paired with a mentor who will provide training and technical mentorship.


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

  • Earned bachelor's degree
  • Currently attending and enrolled full time (or scheduled to graduate in the spring) in an accredited science, engineering, or math graduate program
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0/4.0
  • Ability to work up to 40 hours per week during the summer
  • U.S. citizenship
  • General computer proficiency (Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office)

Note: If you have not yet started your graduate program, please apply to an undergraduate intern position.


  • Strong interest in modern engine technology
  • Mechanical design skills; proficiency in SolidWorks or Pro-Engineer software with FEA
  • Programming experience (MATLAB, Python, C++ or similar)
  • Experience interfacing with DAQ systems and basic PID/Arduino controller programming
  • Well-developed hands-on skills
  • Light machining, welding & joining (mill, lathe, tig, mig, brazing, soldering, Haas/ProtoTRAK NC programming)
  • Interest in pursuing a research career (MS or PhD) in engineering, physical, or computer science

Department Description:

The mission of Sandia/California's Engine Combustion Research Department is to develop the science base needed by industry to build and optimize a new generation of advanced, high-efficiency, clean internal-combustion (IC) engines that use both conventional and alternative fuels. The department is part of Sandia's Combustion Research Facility (CRF), where 100 scientists, engineers, and technologists conduct basic and applied research to improve our nation's ability to use and control combustion processes efficiently and cleanly. The CRF offers a challenging and stimulating work environment that addresses today's most critical energy and environmental issues, as well as opportunities for personal, professional, and technical growth.

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:

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 must 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 DOE security clearance, a pre-processing background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications may be conducted prior to a required federal background investigation. Applicants for a DOE security clearance must 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.

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.