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Sandia National Laboratories

R&D Intern

May - August 2018 • Albuquerque, NM

What I liked

The experience at a leading national lab.

What I wish was different

Albuquerque is a miserable place to live. Nothing gets done at Sandia because of the nature of their work and the need to be escorted everywhere. The design cycle is 20 years long so nothing happens. I was extremely bored.

Advice

I would not work at Sandia if you enjoy a social atmosphere and fast-paced work
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Research and Development Intern

January 2016 • Albuquerque, NM

What I liked

Everything

What I wish was different

More Techies!!!

Advice

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Biological Laboratory Student Intern

May - July 2018 • Livermore, CA

What I liked

Great intro to research experience, amazing team!

What I wish was different

I would have loved to continue it!

Advice

Be prepared for a lot of failure.
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Mechanical Engineering Intern

May 2018 • Albuquerque, NM

What I liked

Everything. People were really nice and resourceful.

What I wish was different

Nothing.

Advice

Nothing compared to on the job experience. Internships are priceless.
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Research and Development Intern

May - August 2018 • Livermore, CA

What I liked

What I wish was different

The other intern I was working with was not qualified for the position, which put a damper on the entire process.

Advice

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Test Engineering Intern

June - August 2015 • Albuquerque, NM

What I liked

Very fast paced job. I was given real work that was a lot more difficult than school classed. Had to teach myself how to program in Matlab and analyze shock and vibrations to assist in the product analysis.

What I wish was different

Wish I had a little more support in showing me how to do this type of analysis. I had to use company resources and research how to complete my tasks. A lot more difficult than school work.

Advice

Be ready to challenge yourself. Sometimes knowing the answer is less important than having the skills to find the answer.
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Technical Intern

June 2016 - September 2017 • Livermore, CA

What I liked

I really enjoyed my time at Sandia. My role there was mainly involved in programming. One thing I liked about being an intern at Sandia is the mentorship they provide. Interns are assigned a mentor, but in reality, any of the Sandia staff there are happy to advise you in your academic and professional career. In addition, I liked how I was able to meet and work with the Sandia staff. Lastly, I liked how I was surrounded by the brightest minds in the world and how I was able to partake in impactful work.

What I wish was different

I wish there were more opportunities to network with Sandia staff. Also, I wish there was free food.

Advice

Don't just focus on your work at Sandia. Make sure that you also network with the people around you. If a different project interests you there, make sure you contact the project's lead. You might even be offered an internship position for that project. Keep in mind that Sandia only hires graduate students for full-time positions.
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Summer Undergraduate Student Research and Development Intern

May 2017 • Albuquerque, NM

What I liked

The work was fascinating and challenging. My coworkers were very interesting, and I met a great group of other interns who became good friends. Albuquerque is a great city, and I was able to spend most of my weekends hiking and camping.

What I wish was different

Can't imagine much! I truly loved this experience.

Advice

Don't be afraid to ask to go to intern-specific and other Sandia-related events during the work day. Meet and talk to everyone you can, and never say no!
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Center for Cyber Defenders Intern

May - August 2018 • Livermore, CA

What I liked

Environment, learning a wide variety of skills, participation in real projects, everyone was passionate about their work, teamwork, and a solid upper management team that cared about the individual.

What I wish was different

Paid living expenses and food

Advice

Working at Sandia is a very interactive experience. Be prepared to give it your all and learn new skills! Do not be nervous of the work, the people of Sandia are kind, helpful and willing to help. :)
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Cognitive Sciences Research and Development Intern

June 2018 • Livermore, CA

What I liked

I had the opportunity to explore research at a professional level, explore new fields, and learn more every day.

What I wish was different

Advice

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