Sandia National Laboratory Seeks American Indian Applicants

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Sandia Job Posting Job ID: 652477

Job Summary

Performs entry to mid-level work within a research and development, science and engineering environment working in conjunction with Sandia staff on projects that involve applying integrated technical judgment which requires using the scientific method to recognize and formulate problems, to collect data through observation and experimentation, and to formulate and test hypotheses to anticipate, innovate, and deliver solutions to Sandia National Laboratories missions. Supports work in the fundamentals of science and engineering while applying an understanding of engineering and scientific principles. Assist in the creation and application of scientific theories and laws and engineering methods used within scientific and engineering disciplines to develop or demonstrate new designs, concepts, materials, machines, products, processes, or systems.

Primary Job Duties

Job assignments are focused in the area of Research and Development (R&D), and will vary based upon organization, discipline preference, and specific job requirements as defined in the job specification.

Duties may include working collaboratively with R&D staff with developmental research, analysis of technology and engineering options, project design, testing, formulating conclusions, data collection, and analyzing experimental data.

Job Specifications:

Current full-time R&D graduate student interns will have first-hand experience with existing tribal renewable energy projects and exposure to issues concerning tribal renewable energy technology use and application. Several DOE Tribal Energy Program (TEP) technical assistance projects are progressing and maybe incorporated into the summer’s activities. Interactions will be with Sandia’s renewable energy program staff and American Indian tribes interested in renewable energy systems. Instant immersion in these activities is offered in working directly with experienced peers. Frequent travel will be required with field visits to current tribal renewable energy projects.

Apply electronically through Sandia National Laboratories website.

Submit ONE electronic file including:

  • *Resume / CV
  • *Unofficial college transcripts
  • *Complete specific essay questions using up to 250 words per question.


Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • Demonstrated knowledge of technical principles and processes.
  • Understanding of and demonstrated use a variety of research tools.
  • Demonstrated oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to contribute in a team environment.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of project management.
  • Extensive knowledge of a suite of software, including Microsoft Office.

Minimum Qualifications

The successful candidate must meet the following Sandia Student Intern Requirements: Official acceptance into an accredited university’s graduate program, full-time enrollment during the spring term immediately preceding the internship (typically 9 credit hours), a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5/4.0, and the ability to work up to 40 hours per week during the summer. U.S. citizenship.

Specific interest in renewable energy is required. Submit ONE electronic file including:

Required essays: Answer ALL of the following questions using up to 250 words per question.

  • What unique academic involvement or life experience do you have with tribal communities? Include student membership to the American Indian Science & Engineering Society (AISES) if applicable. (250 words)
  • What is your interest in renewable energy or energy efficiency & include academic courses? (250 words)
  • How could you use this internship experience to benefit tribal communities? (250 words)
  • Describe a frustrating project you worked on & describe how you dealt with the challenges it presented. (250 words)

Desired Qualifications

Sandia National Laboratories has a preference for an American Indian as defined as a member of a recognized Federally-recognized Tribe, Alaska Village or Alaska Corporation (not state-recognized, not bands or groups, or first peoples of Guam or Hawaii).

Pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Architecture, Community Planning or related field.