Student Intern - Engineering Support Undergrad Technical Yr Rnd
Sandia National Laboratories - Albuquerque, NM

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About Sandia

Sandia National Laboratories is the nation's premier science and engineering lab for national security and technology innovation. We are a world-class team of scientists, engineers, technologists, post docs, and visiting researchers all focused on cutting-edge technology, ranging from homeland defense, global security, biotechnology, and environmental preservation to energy and combustion research, computer security, and nuclear defense.

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Department Description

The Structural and Thermal Analysis Department at Sandia National Laboratories (SNL) supports a number of projects within the Nuclear Energy Safety Technologies Group. The department and group focuses on analyses and experiments aimed at ensuring the safety and security of the nation's energy systems and infrastructure, with particular emphasis on civilian nuclear power.

The Group's primary customer is the U. S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and the Group serves as the SNL point-of-contact for the NRC. Key technical areas for our NRC-sponsored work include severe accident modeling, security analysis, probabilistic risk assessment, human reliability analysis, fire protection, and experiments.

The Group also works extensively with other Sandia organizations and with the Department of Energy in a variety of areas related to risk and reliability analysis, human reliability analysis, structural analysis and modeling, fire protection, nonproliferation applications such as nuclear fuel cycle transparency monitoring, and experimental programs requiring remote locations and unique facilities.

Technical staff capabilities include nuclear, mechanical and electrical engineering, mathematics and statistics, computer science, project management, and regulatory compliance.

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Job Summary

Performs entry-level work within a science and engineering environment involving assignments that may include assisting with research, application of project design and diagnostics, testing and documentation, development and analysis of technology options, and assembly and troubleshooting.

Primary Job Duties

Job assignments vary upon organization, discipline preference, and specific job requirements as defined in the job specification.
Duties may include assisting technical staff with developmental research, analysis of technology and engineering options, project design, testing, formulating conclusions, data collection, and analyzing experimental data.

Job specifications:

The position consists of supporting FEA for structural and mechanical behavior of containment vessels. The position requires the student pursuing a degree in mechanical or civil engineering. The student will work under the direction of a PhD.

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

General knowledge of technical principles and processes.
Understanding of the use a variety of research tools.
Good oral and written communication skills.
Ability to contribute in a team environment.
General knowledge of project management.
General knowledge and good understanding of a suite of software, including Microsoft Office.


The successful candidate must meet the following Sandia Student Intern Requirements: Official acceptance into an accredited university's undergraduate program, full-time enrollment (12 credit hours), a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2/4.0, the ability to work up to 25 hours per week during the academic year, and up to 40 hours per week during the summer. U.S. citizenship.


Pursuing a degree in Civil Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Chemical Enginerring or related field.

Security Clearance

No clearance required.

This position does not currently require a Department of Energy (DOE)-granted security clearance.

Sandia will conduct a pre-employment background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record checks, and employment and education verifications. Further, employees in New Mexico must pass a U.S. Air Force background screen for access to the work site. 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, rendering the inability to perform the duties assigned and resulting in termination of employment.

If hired without a clearance, and one subsequently becomes required or you bid on positions that require a DOE-granted security clearance, a pre-processing background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record and credit checks, and employment and education verifications may be conducted prior to a required federal background investigation. Applicants for DOE-granted security clearances must be U.S. citizens and be able to obtain and maintain the appropriate DOE security clearance as required for the position.


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