Sandia National Laboratories Intern - Materials Science R&D Undergraduate Summer in Livermore, California


We are seeking an Intern - Materials Science R&D Undergraduate Summer

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

  • Perform chemical and polymer synthesis, purification, and analysis (including NMR, GCMS, LCMS and UV/Vis)
  • Fabricate scintillators and test them using ionizing radiation
  • Clean glassware, purify chemicals, tidy the lab


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
  • Successful completion of college organic chemistry
  • Experience with organic synthesis of small molecules or polymers

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

Department Description:

The Remote Sensing Department advances development of sensors and diagnostic techniques for the purpose of monitoring activities associated with weapons development and arms control. Detecting nuclear nonproliferation and constituents in energetic materials used in nuclear and conventional munitions are core missions with additional work in carbon emissions and optical quantum communication addressed by leveraging significant experience, knowledge-base, and capabilities in physical chemistry and laser-based techniques, which extend to both non-linear and quantum optics. The Organization provides science-based, national security research and development products to the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA/DOE), the Department of Defense (DoD), and other national security agencies, serving as a laboratories remote sensing and signatures resource.

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.


Pursuing a degree in Chemistry