Sandia National Laboratories Intern - Mechanical Engineer, Composites R&D Graduate Summer in Livermore, California


We are seeking an Intern - Mechanical Engineer, Composites R&D Graduate Summer.

We are seeking a self-motivated graduate student to support our department and to work on a research project involving composite materials.

You will be paired with a mentor and work with our accomplished team of staff to execute your project. Project areas could include composite design, surface treatment of composites, adhesion of aluminum to composites, ply orientation optimization, and process development. You will have the chance to work on new and emerging materials systems and have access to cutting edge research facilities.

A poster presentation and final written report will be expected.


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

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

Additional Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering, Aeronautical Engineering, Civil Engineering or Material Science or closely related field (such as other engineering disciplines or physical science-related fields)
  • Experience with composite materials
  • Strong communication skills, including development/delivery of technical presentations
  • Scientific literature review and technical documentation skills


  • Experience with prepreg composites, including composite lay-up, autoclave programming and curing, and wet saw cutting
  • Research experience in the field of composite characterization and/or fabrication
  • Experience with the design of composite components
  • Experience with Design of Experiments methodology and statistical software (Minitab, JMP, etc.)
  • Experience with governing testing standards
  • Experience and ability to correlate test results with physical phenomena and governing mechanical equations

Department Description:

The Weapons Subsystems 3 designs, prototypes and supports mechanical weapon subsystems for high consequence applications requiring exceptionally high confidence, quality and reliability. These projects support a broad mission space including assets that are critical to U.S. national security.

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.