Sandia National Laboratories Intern - Energetic Component Engineering R&D Undergrad Year Round in Albuquerque, New Mexico


The Energetics Component Engineering-I Department is seeking a highly-motivated, team-oriented candidate for an undergraduate year-round internship. Ideal candidates should have a mechanical engineering background with coursework in mechanics of materials, material science, mechanical design, fluid/solid mechanics and/or thermodynamics.

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

  • Join existing project teams to support design, development, testing and production of explosive components
  • Validate component design quality through review of engineering drawings, performance data and product definition documentation
  • Use engineering principles to analyze and display test results acquired from data acquisition systems using spreadsheets, MatLab, etc.
  • Manage measurement and test equipment to assure accountability and current calibration status


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

Additional Requirements:

  • Currently pursuing a major in mechanical engineering or related discipline and have attained at least junior-level status
  • One to three years of experience working in teams, maintaining equipment and/or machinery and handling logistics


  • Ability to work on multi-disciplinary teams in a fast-paced environment
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience with machine shop equipment
  • Experience with measurement and test equipment including calibration
  • Experience with or knowledge of energetic materials and/or components
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Department of Energy (DOE) security clearance

Department Description:

The Energetic Component Engineering-I Department is responsible for design, development and external supplier production of energetic components and materials. The department activities primarily focus on low-power energetic devices such as igniters and actuators that use explosive or pyrotechnics materials as well as propellant-driven rocket motors. Design cycles and options are minimized through informed use of computational and simulation techniques making use of in-house analysts and corporate computational resources. In addition, the department maintains state-of-the-art laboratories and diagnostics for both destructive and non-destructive characterization testing of energetic components.

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 withamazingimpact 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,strongmedical 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:

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) granted Q-level security clearance.

Sandia is required by DOE directive to conduct a pre-employment drug testing, and a pre-employment background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record and credit checks, and employment and education verifications. Applicants for employment must be able to obtain and maintain a DOE Q-level security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship.

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, rendering the inability to perform the duties assigned and resulting in termination of employment.

EEO Statement:

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