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Intern - Securing Top Academic Research Talent at Historically Black Colleges & Universities (START HBCU) Program - R&D Undergraduate Summer

What Your Job Will Be Like

We are seeking a Summer - R&D Undergraduate Intern to join our dynamic team!
Securing Top Academic Research Talent at Historically Black Colleges & Universities (START HBCU) Program 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 high-potential candidates at these institutions to contribute to Sandia’s varied mission areas and gain valuable career experience while contributing to the development of collaboration opportunities between Sandia and HBCU’s. Through this summer internship experience undergraduate students will have the opportunity to work at Sandia National Laboratories in a variety of technical areas. Opportunities are available in a variety of STEM areas with daily activities that directly contribute to ensuring US national security.

Posting Duration

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.

Qualifications We Require

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.

Qualifications We Desire

  • College level coursework in chemistry, computer science, materials science, electrical, mechanical or nuclear engineering
  • Additional laboratory experience or coursework in chemistry, materials science, physics, engineering is desirable
  • Computer Science students should have experience with Python and all candidates should have significant skills with MS Office Suite or other technical software for data collection, data processing, modeling, or preparation of manuscripts, presentations, or posters in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, or Adobe Illustrator
  • Mature oral and written communication skills are desired, as demonstrated by coursework or project assignments

About Our Team

Sandia's primary mission is ensuring the U.S. nuclear arsenal is safe, secure, and reliable, and can fully support our nation's deterrence policy. Sandia is the engineering arm of the U.S. nuclear weapons enterprise and we work to create an effective and sustainable nuclear deterrent. In keeping with our vision to be the nation's premier science and engineering laboratory for national security and technology innovation, we recruit the best and the brightest, equip them with world-class research tools and facilities, and provide opportunities to collaborate with technical experts from many different scientific disciplines. The excitement and importance of our work; an exemplary work environment; partnerships with academia, industry, and government; and our record of historic contributions help us attract exceptional staff.
In order to develop our recruiting pipeline we have initiated the Securing Top Academic Research Talent at Historically Black Colleges & Universities (START HBCU). Examples of key areas at Sandia include the Microsystems Engineering, Science & Applications Center (MESA) with its mission to develop beyond leading edge trusted microsystems technologies to enable new and increasingly powerful macro-system capability and functionality for critical national security platforms. Our programs in Global Security range from nonproliferation and global threat reduction to homeland defense and critical asset protection. We conduct research and develop technologies for risk and threat analysis, for nuclear materials monitoring and detection, and for incident response and recovery. Our Advanced Science and Technology mission develops fundamental science and technology to impact all of Sandia’s mission space.

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 schedules, 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

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 need to 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 clearance, a pre-processing background review may be conducted prior to a required federal background investigation. Applicants for a DOE security clearance need to 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.
Members of the workforce (MOWs) hired at Sandia who require uncleared access for greater than 179 days during their employment, are required to go through the Uncleared Personal Identity Verification (UPIV) process. Access includes physical and/or cyber (logical) access, as well as remote access to any NNSA information technology (IT) systems. UPIV requirements are not applicable to individuals who require a DOE personnel security clearance for the performance of their SNL employment or to foreign nationals. The UPIV process will include the completion of a USAccess Enrollment, SF-85 (Questionnaire for Non-Sensitive Positions) and OF-306 (Declaration of for Federal Employment). An unfavorable UPIV determination will result in immediate retrieval of the SNL issued badge, removal of cyber (logical) access and/or removal from SNL subcontract. All MOWs may appeal the unfavorable UPIV determination to DOE/NNSA immediately. If the appeal is unsuccessful, the MOW may try to go through the UPIV process one year after the decision date.


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.