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Intern - Purdue Partnerships - R&D Undergraduate Year-Round

Albuquerque, New Mexico

What Your Job Will Be Like:

We are seeking an exceptional Purdue student to join the SENSE (Sandia-Extended National Security Externship) program at Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN). In this position, the student will perform technical research up to 40 hours per week during the summer while being mentored by Sandia scientists and engineers to create and develop innovative solutions to challenging national security problems. The position is currently structure to be remote internship. Primary interactions with mentors, team staff, and other students will occur through email, phone calls, and video conferences on near daily basis with occasional in-person meetings with local staff. Project and research opportunities include microelectronics for next-generation mechanical/materials engineering sciences, physics modeling and simulations.

The student will work in summer and potentially year-round for Sandia in the area of computational methods for inverse problems in engineering and physics applications. On a typical work day, the student will interact with Sandia staff in developing and evaluating finite element methods for inverse problems in solid mechanics and thermal physics. Initially this will involve building geometries in CAD and meshing packages for representative problems, writing scripts to test the models with both Sandia software and matlab, and evaluate outputs. Later on, the work could evolve into software development and testing on realistic engineering models of interest to Sandia, as well as mathematical analysis of the algorithms and problems of interest.

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

+ Participate remotely via teleconferencing with to execute or work closely with a team of researchers at Sandia and our partners to uncover new insights

+ Create, discover, and validate software for model development, code improvement, and engineering simulations for analyses at atomic or continuum scales

+ Perform research, development, and analysis in engineering mechanics through simulations in the areas of heat and energy transport, fluid dynamics, structural dynamics, solid mechanics, mechanics of materials, and electromagnetic science and engineering

+ Present research findings and communicate in joint team meetings through reports and presentations

+ Potentially travel to Sandia New Mexico and/or Sandia California as needed to support projects (if safe and advisable)

COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate:

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.

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 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 25 hours per week during the academic year, and up to 40 hours per week during the summer

+ U.S. citizens, legal permanent residents, asylees or refugees in the U.S.

Qualifications We Desire:

+ Current undergraduate student in mathematics, engineering, or computer science.

+ Students that are double majors in two of these areas, and/or are interested in interdisciplinary work at the nexus of math, engineering, and computer science are especially encouraged to apply.

+ Software development experience in languages such as python, C/C++, matlab, and Fortran is desirable.

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: http://www.sandia.gov*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.

Job ID: 683538



  • Engineering
Posted: 2022-06-08 Expires: 2022-07-08

 World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers.

National security is our business. We apply science to help detect, repel, defeat, or mitigate threats.

For more than 60 years, Sandia has delivered essential science and technology to resolve the nation's most challenging security issues.

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