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Los Alamos National Laboratory

Supercomputer Institute Intern

May - August 2021 • Los Alamos, NM

What I liked

I got to work on a cool research project that was insightful to the field. I also enjoyed learning about the other parts of the lab.

What I wish was different

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Chemistry Research Intern

June - August 2019 • Los Alamos, NM

What I liked

I worked on battery research utilizing amazing laboratory facilities and great mentors throughout the summer. Northern New Mexico is naturally stunning and I was able to explore all over the region with other summer interns. My favorite part of the summer was interacting with the other summer interns and making lasting connections and memories I will never forget.

What I wish was different

I wish finding housing was easier.

Advice

Do not forget to apply by early January.
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Research Intern

May - August 2020 • Los Alamos, NM

What I liked

I was able to work closely with a small lab at LANL. This allowed me to learn a lot from the PI and postdoc about their research and make a significant contribution.

What I wish was different

Originally the position was in-person but it was switched to online. I think it would have been a really great experience if I were to live in New Mexico for the summer.

Advice

Applying for positions at LANL is really easy for students. I found a couple of individuals I was interested in working with and sent emails with my CV and was eventually accepted.
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Student Intern

May - August 2020 • Los Alamos, NM

What I liked

They focused on treating interns very professionally and like an adult. Allowed for a lot of independent work and a lot of communication as well. Very understanding and offered a lot of great career advice.

What I wish was different

The internship being in person instead of remote.

Advice

To be open with your mentor and request help or explanation if needed on projects. They understand that you are still taking classes and don't have the answer or knowledge on how to do everything.
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Physics Research Intern

February 2020 • Los Alamos, NM

What I liked

The City, the job and the people were all great

What I wish was different

Once COVID started my job changed due to not being able to go on site. I wish it was more oriented towards my original project

Advice

Find housing as soon as possible
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SULI

May - August 2020 • Los Alamos, NM

What I liked

The lab was very flexible, which was very helpful in the time of the pandemic. I was given real opportunities to work on a real project, which really gave me a feel for what it would be like to work as a staff scientist in a lab.

What I wish was different

Due to the pandemic, the experience was virtual. It would have been more beneficial if I could have completed the experience in person, but aside from that, it was an overall wonderful experience.

Advice

Don't be afraid to take chances - you never know what experience you'll be able to complete so it is work it to take the risk.
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Student Intern

May - August 2019 • Los Alamos, NM

What I liked

Los Alamos National Laboratory is very welcoming to student interns and very helpful in learning what the laboratory is about and what is going on there. They are very helpful in teaching you more about engineering and science in the research fields.

What I wish was different

I wish that housing wouldn't be as difficult to find and could be cheaper.

Advice

Don't just worry about working all the time, go out and do the Lab Tours and meet new people.
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Student R&D Engineer

June - August 2019 • Los Alamos, NM

What I liked

I loved the upbeat atmosphere and heavy collaboration between teams and coworkers. Although it was imperative to be independent, I never felt isolated or stranded in work. There was always someone who was ready to help. I loved the challenge of the project, an its immediate impact to LANL. There were many seminars and lectures I attended throughout the summer, where I learned about cutting edge research, graduate level engineering concepts, and professional development skills. I also loved the location. Los Alamos is a small mountain town nested in the mesas if northern new mexico, in the south end of the Rockies. There were plenty of amazing outdoor experiences and endless beautiful scenery.

What I wish was different

I wish the program (10 weeks) would have been a week or two longer. The projects were challenging and it would be nice to have more time for thorough completion, also it would have been nice to stay in Los Alamos a little longer because it was beautiful.

Advice

Ask as many questions as you can possibly think of. You will learn more in these 10 weeks than in a full year of undergrad. The more you ask, the more you learn, the better work you do.
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Intern

May - August 2019 • Los Alamos, NM

What I liked

I was able to apply my research skills in a non-academic environment.

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Research intern

May - August 2019 • Los Alamos, NM

What I liked

It was close to home and got to work with some incredibly smart people. Got to look at real world data and analyzed it myself. Got the opportunity to present my research at the end of the summer and made a poster about it.

What I wish was different

N/A

Advice

Look for housing right away. Consider using public transportation to avoid looking for parking.
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Mechanical Engineering Intern

May 2019 • Socorro, NM

What I liked

I learned so much about a lot of different softwares!

What I wish was different

Just a little more communication between staff and students and have more effective meetings

Advice

Have a teachable heart.
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Actinide Chemistry Lab Assistant

September 2019 • Carlsbad, NM

What I liked

I have enjoyed how accommodating and welcoming the staff has been. I have thoroughly enjoyed working in the lab and helping my coworkers.

What I wish was different

I don't wish anything had been different.

Advice

My once piece of advice would be to ask questions whenever something is difficult or something doesn't make sense. Asking questions has helped me out a ton.
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Student Intern

June - August 2019 • Los Alamos, NM

What I liked

I really liked the opportunity to learn about a new area of cyber security I was unfamiliar with.

What I wish was different

Advice

LANL offers so many opportunities for students. I highly recommend taking advantage of each opportunity. It gives you a great introduction to LANL and you can learn about other interesting areas of science being done at LANL.
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Student position

May 2018 • Los Alamos, NM

What I liked

extra paid for classes

What I wish was different

Nothing

Advice

Work hard, be available, show up constantly/
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Undergraduate Researcher

May - August 2019 • Los Alamos, NM

What I liked

It was a unique experience doing research in an off-campus environment. Also, the amount of areas of research was more than I could have been exposed to elsewhere--it was interesting interacting with people in other fields.

What I wish was different

Advice

Take advantage of the opportunities to learn about other fields of research and don't be afraid to make connections/switch groups if you find something you enjoy more.
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Computer Engineering Intern

May - August 2019 • Los Alamos, NM

What I liked

It was great. I hope to return! I had a great mentor and worked in a great group. I learned a ton. I definitely supplemented what I was learning in school

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Radiation Control Technician

February 2019 • Los Alamos, NM

What I liked

The labs offers very good compensation including a great benefits package and tuition reimbursement.

What I wish was different

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Cybersecurity Incident Response Intern

June - August 2019 • Los Alamos, NM

What I liked

Great mentors and a great summer project

What I wish was different

Advice

Find housing as early as possible
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Student Intern

May 2017 • Los Alamos, NM

What I liked

I liked the atmosphere.

What I wish was different

More orientation toward a project.

Advice

Apply for the LANL Scholarship. That's the best way to get an internship here. Apply!
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Intern

May - August 2019 • Los Alamos, NM

What I liked

What I really liked about this internship was that I was able to do research and complete the project in 10 weeks. I spent my summer working on a new explosive molecule and then tested it. This research is in the process of becoming a published paper. What I loved about this internship was that it was at the professional level and gave me a lot of hands on experience.

What I wish was different

I got a lot out of my internship at the laboratory and do not wish anything was different. The internship exceeded my expectations.

Advice

My advice about the SULI internship experience is to stay on top of your deliverables and dont wait until last minute to get stuff done.
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