Sandia National Laboratories Intern - Materials Mechanics & Tribology R&D Graduate Year Round in Albuquerque, New Mexico


We are seeking an Intern Year Round - R&D Grad

The job opening is for a student intern to support staff in Materials Science and Engineering, primarily in the field of mechanical behavior of materials.

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

  • Perform laboratory experiments to assess the strength and ductility of metals using servo hydraulic load frames
  • Set up experiments including fixtures, cameras, and data acquisition hardware
  • Analyze stress-strain data using Excel, Matlab, and other software
  • Compile results into presentations, posters, memos, and publications for scientific journals
  • Perform measurements of specimen dimensions, density, ultrasound modulus, etc.
  • Setup laboratory hardware/software


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

Additional Requirements:

  • Pursuing a Masters or Ph.D. of science degree in in mechanical engineering, materials science, or a related field
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a Department of Energy (DOE) L-Level security clearance
  • Availability for year-round, part time work on site at Sandia-Albuquerque


  • Knowledge of strength of materials
  • Computer skills including Microsoft office, data analysis, reporting, and programming
  • Experience in computer programming for equipment control or data reduction (e.g. Labview, Matlab, Python and other commercial software)
  • Experience documenting and presenting work in reports, memos, and presentations
  • Mechanical skills such as working with power tools, hand tools, and assembling systems

Department Description:

The mission of the department is to develop fundamental understanding of mechanical behavior of materials and to operationalize this understanding to resolve the engineering challenges facing Sandia's national security missions. The department has solved materials problems in Nuclear Deterrence (ND) applications ranging from routine material compatibility concerns to manufacturing scale issues. In addition to ND, the department also has a strong record of applying its resources to develop solutions for many unique challenges including; hardening drill bits, lubricating satellite mechanisms, coating hypersonic rails, and even measuring the elasticity of eye corneas.

To address these and other unique challenges, the department is also heavily active in developing novel and emerging processing and characterization techniques. Current activities include the development of high-throughput and in-situ methods for mechanically testing additively-manufactured (AM) metals; highly customized tribological testing; digital image correlation; failure and deformation under complex loading; stress mapping using photo-luminescence; tribology of nanocrystalline materials; and 3D characterization of microstructure and components. The department members collaborate heavily across organizations within Sandia in New Mexico and California, and manage several multi-million-dollar programs which currently include the Brittle Material Assurance Prediction Program (BritMAPP) and Materials Margins Assurance (MMA). As a testament to their effectiveness, in 2015 and 2016, staff within the department were awarded a national Asian Engineer of the Year Award, a national Black Engineer of the Year Award, and a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). The department's technologists have also been awarded several patents and intellectual property provisions.

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:

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Security Clearance:

Position requires a Department of Energy (DOE)-granted L-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 L-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:

Equal opportunity employer/Disability/Vet/GLBT