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Sandia National Laboratories Intern - START HBCU, Electrical/Electronics Engineering, R&D Undergrad Summer in Livermore, California


We are seeking an Intern – START HBCU, Electrical/Electronics Engineering, R&D Undergrad Summer

The Securing Top Academic Research Talent at Historically Black Colleges & Universities (START HBCU) Institute is designed to provide research collaborations with Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and to develop an intentional talent pipeline for minority students in STEM. We are interested in identifying candidates from HBCUs and growing collaboration opportunities between HBCUs and Sandia. A key part of this is through granting summer internships to undergraduate students to work at Sandia National Laboratories. The START HBCU Institute will hire interns into several critical mission areas for summer 2022.

As an Electrical/Electronics Engineering Intern at Sandia, you will be guided by a technical mentor and work closely with a team of engineers and interns on issues of national significance. Projects are tailored to individuals, but in the past our interns have engaged in the following research:

  • Supporting design of FPGA-based electronics hardware with RF data communication capabilities

  • Supporting testing and test planning and design feedback

  • Supporting design of FPGA-based electronics hardware with RF data communication capabilities

  • Supporting testing and test planning and design feedback

  • Designing architectures to support flexibility or improved capability

  • Conducting experiments related to forward-looking technology

  • Designing cryptography solutions for open air data transmission

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

  • Work with a team to design and optimize Printed Wiring Boards and Printed Wiring Assemblies for mixed signal hardware.

  • Create code, simulations, and test benches for FPGA electronics and embedded systems.

  • Test and debug hardware and firmware in one of our light electronics laboratories.

  • Perform analysis and model various aspects of the electronics system to characterize performance and understand uncertainty.

  • Learn the Sandia product realization process and engineering tool

Through your internship, you will learn laboratory skills and join a high-performing research team. Students will be expected to demonstrate increasing levels of independence and responsibility and must show a commitment to operate in and contribute to a safe operating environment.


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.


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

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

Additional requirements:

  • Attendance at a Historically Black College/University during the spring 2022 academic term


  • Major in Electrical Engineering or other similar technical field

  • Coursework or project experience in circuit design and/or FPGA programming

  • Experience with safety aspects of project work and electronics laboratory work

  • MATLAB programming experience

  • Experience with design tools such as schematic, layout or CAD programs

  • Knowledge of and experience with scientific and engineering methods

  • Knowledge of and experience with designing, planning, and executing projects with low technology readiness levels

  • Interest in multidisciplinary work and ability to team across disciplines

  • Good verbal and written communication skills

    Department Description:

With a geographic footprint that extends across multiple sites in California, New Mexico, Texas, Alaska, and beyond, the Integrated Security Solutions Division (8000) supports vital national security work in all of Sandia’s mission portfolios: Nuclear Deterrence, Advanced Science & Technology, Global Security, National Security Programs, and Energy and Homeland Security (E/HS). Division 8000 also manages Sandia’s E/HS portfolio, which is sponsored by the U.S. Departments of Energy, Homeland Security, Health and Human Services, and other federal agencies. In addition, Division 8000 is the primary steward for Sandia’s campus in Livermore, California, and oversees Sandia/California programs in weapon systems engineering, stockpile systems, and components engineering. The Division is also the home of the Bioscience and Earth Science Research Foundations and the internationally known Combustion Research Facility.

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:

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 need to be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-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 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, age, disability, or veteran status and any other protected class under state or federal law.


Sandia demonstrates its commitment to public safety in the national interest by requiring that all new hires be fully vaccinated or have an approved medical or religious accommodation before commencing employment. The requirement also applies to those who are telecommuting and working virtually.

Any concerns about the ability to meet this requirement should be directed to HR Solutions at (505) 284-4700.

Job ID: 678299