Intern - START HBCU, Pathways - R&D Undergraduate Year-Round

Sandia National Laboratories

Albuquerque, USA

Job posting number: #7221409 (Ref:Sa692756)

Posted: March 25, 2024

Job Description

What Your Job Will Be Like:

We are seeking a Intern Year Round - R&D Undergraduate

The HBCUNM Pathways Program allows you to seamlessly transition to University of New Mexico’s engineering graduate program after completing your undergraduate degree from an Historically Black College or University (HBCU) while gaining an invaluable real-world experience through a Sandia National Labs internship.

The Securing Top Academic Talent & Research with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (START HBCU) Program at Sandia National Labs is partnering with the University of New Mexico to offer a year-round internship at the Sandia National Labs while receiving tuition assistance from the University of New Mexico.

We ask that you explore UNM’s graduate studies programs and determine which UNM School of Engineering master’s degree aligns with you career and academic goals.

To participate in this program as a full-time Sandia National Laboratories employee, you will be asked to:

  • Apply and be accepted in a graduate school at the University of New Mexico located in Albuquerque, New Mexico prior to beginning employment at Sandia
  • Enroll in and complete a Master’s degree that fulfills Sandia's business needs at the University of New Mexico
  • Work with your hiring manager to determine how the planned program of study may be used to accomplish work relevant to Sandia's needs.
  • Work full-time on site at Sandia for at least two months the summer before beginning graduate studies and a minimum of 10 hours per month during the school term.
  • Ability to enroll in graduate school full-time per academic term.

We are interested in students pursuing graduate degrees in the following areas…

  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Nuclear Engineering

When applying, please upload a cover letter with your resume to include your desired research interest and which UNM Graduate program you’re interested in or have applied to.

Candidates applying on this requisition may be interviewed and/or hired into one of several organizations at Sandia National Laboratories.

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. citizenship

Qualifications We Desire:

  • Apply and be accepted in a graduate school at the University of New Mexico located in Albuquerque, New Mexico prior to beginning employment at Sandia
  • Undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.5/4.0 or above, as an indicator of academic excellence
  • Participation in leadership or other extracurricular activities that demonstrate teamwork and initiative
  • Relevant research or work/internship experience
  • Interest in working in a multidisciplinary laboratory environment

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.

About Our Team:

The Securing Top Academic Research & Talent with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (START HBCU) Program fosters strategic academic partnerships with select HBCUs to increase research collaborations with universities with complementary research focus and expertise. START HBCU also facilitates research opportunities for qualified underrepresented minority students, who are pursuing advanced degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

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 L-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 the DOE, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment.


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.

NNSA Requirements for MedPEDs:

If you have a Medical Portable Electronic Device (MedPED), such as a pacemaker, defibrillator, drug-releasing pump, hearing aids, or diagnostic equipment and other equipment for measuring, monitoring, and recording body functions such as heartbeat and brain waves, if employed by Sandia National Laboratories you may be required to comply with NNSA security requirements for MedPEDs.

If you have a MedPED and you are selected for an on-site interview at Sandia National Laboratories, there may be additional steps necessary to ensure compliance with NNSA security requirements prior to the interview date.

Job ID: 692756

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.

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