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Intern - Systems Analysis, R&D Grad Summer

What Your Job Will Be Like

We are seeking an Intern - Systems Analysis, R&D Grad Summer

As a Systems Analysis Intern, you are interested in being part of a multidisciplinary team working together to describe and identify ways to optimize complex systems related to national security, particularly in the following areas:
  • Climate change, energy and transportation system needs and resilience
  • Nuclear deterrence
  • Cybersecurity
  • Chemical/Biological/Radiological/Nuclear (CBRN) defense, security, and nonproliferation
  • On any given day, you may be called on to:
  • Apply critical thinking using a diverse set of skills and expertise
  • Conduct research, contribute to report writing and presentation development
  • Provide support for planning for and conducting remote tabletop exercises and participatory-based focus groups
  • Attend and contribute to multidisciplinary team meetings focused on specific projects
  • Play a key role in managing information sharing among team members through maintaining shared websites
  • Develop visualizations of data and concepts to communicate results
  • Present results as appropriate at open conferences or internal meetings

COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate

Sandia demonstrates its commitment to public safety in the national interest by requiring that all new hires be fully vaccinated or have an approved medical or religious accommodation before commencing employment. The requirement also applies to those who are telecommuting and working virtually.

Any concerns about the ability to meet this requirement should be directed to HR Solutions at (505) 284-4700.

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 (or scheduled to graduate in the spring) in an accredited science, engineering, or math graduate program
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0/4.0
  • Ability to work up to 40 hours per week during the summer
  • U.S. citizenship
  • Note: If you have not yet started your graduate program, please apply to an undergraduate intern position

Qualifications We Desire

Ability to use and grow systems analysis skills:
  • Develop and use analytics approaches and tools
  • Exceptional written and verbal communication skills
  • Experience on diverse project-oriented teams to accomplish short and long terms tasks
  • Experience and interest in systems analysis discipline knowledge

Experience and interest in national security topics:
  • Structuring and solving complex problems
  • Elicitation process
  • Risk and decision science analysis tools, theory, and methods for a range of data types to include sparse data and large data sets
  • Understanding of the policy landscape
  • Development and/or application of software modeling, simulation, signal analysis, and visualization tools and methods
  • Knowledge of and application of AI/ML methods and tools

About Our Team

The 8710 Systems Research & Analysis team consists of four System Analysis and Engineering Departments in the Sandia/California Computation and Analysis for National Security Center. We provide national leaders with reliable, unbiased, and comprehensive information on viable engineering and strategy options, and on the effectiveness, risks, benefits, and potential unintended consequences of those options.

We are a multidisciplinary group with a strong science and engineering emphasis, skilled at applying a broad systems perspective to national and global security challenges. Work in 8710 is focused on a broad range of topics in national security.

Projects range from weeks to years in duration, with teams forming in dynamic collaborations across the Group and with organizations throughout the laboratory to draw upon world-class technical expertise.      

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

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.