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Intern - High Confidence System Environments - R&D Graduate Year-Round

What Your Job Will Be Like

We are seeking a year-round intern STEM graduate student interested in helping to create a systems engineering descriptive model for Department of Energy environmental protection programs. We are using Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) to analyze currently existing requirements to protect human health and the environment including groundwater and soil. The student will review an analysis completed for a larger organizational focus to see what elements can be applied and adapted for the model we are building. You will work under the direction of a systems engineer and a program lead to enter the program’s operational aspects into the MBSE tool, Genesys. You will use your modeling results to identify potential risk-inducing characteristics for the program.
On any given day, you may be called on to
  • Analyze, categorize, and reframe existing requirements
  • Collaborate closely with a small team in analyzing requirements
  • Extract information from documents to use in the model being developed
  • Develop prototype framework models and test them out for applicability to a generalized systems engineering descriptive model
  • Work individually on assigned tasks as well as collaboratively with your mentor and your lead
  • Learn and use information technology tools for operations or engineering applications, such as Excel, Aras, and Gephi.

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:
  • Earned bachelor's degree
  • Currently attending and enrolled full time in an accredited science, engineering, or math graduate program
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0/4.0
  • Ability to work up to 30 hours per week during the academic year, and up to 40 hours per week during the summer
  • U.S. citizenship

Qualifications We Desire

  • Experience with systems engineering course work or projects
  • Experience with MBSE tools such as Genesys and MagicDraw
  • Interest in environmental programs

About Our Team

The High Confidence System Environments Department researches, analyzes, designs, develops, and delivers well-engineered software architectures and products as well as system engineering models and frameworks for critical systems in high consequence mission environments. Key competencies include software engineering; secure embedded software development; systems engineering; software quality engineering; and software verification, validation, and integration.

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.