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What Your Job Will Be Like

We are seeking an Intern – START HBCU Business Undergrad Summer

The Securing Top Academic Research Talent at Historically Black Colleges & Universities (START HBCU) Institute is designed to provide collaborations with Historically Black Colleges and Universities, and to develop an intentional talent pipeline for minority students in various Business fields. We are interested in identifying candidates from HBCUs and growing collaboration opportunities between HBCUs and Sandia.

A key part of this is through granting summer internships to undergraduate students to work at Sandia National Laboratories. The START HBCU Institute will hire interns into several critical business functions for summer 2023.

As a Business Intern at Sandia, you will be guided by a mentor and work closely with a team of business professionals on issues of national significance.

On any given day, you may be called on to support work in the following areas:

  •   General business/financial management
  •   Project controls
  •   Funding management
  •   Human resources
  •   Communications
  •   Business development/technology transfer
  •   Procurement

Through your internship, you will learn broad business management skills and join a high-performing team. Students will be expected to demonstrate increasing levels of independence and responsibility and must show a commitment to operate in and contribute to a safe operating environment.

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:

  • Currently attending and enrolled full time (or scheduled to graduate in the spring) in a related accredited undergraduate program
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0/4.0
  • Ability to work up to 40 hours per week during the summer
  • U.S. citizenship or LPR, Asylee or Refugee status

Note: If you have not yet started your undergraduate program, please apply to a high school intern position.

Additional requirements:

Qualifications We Desire

  • Proficiency in the Microsoft Suite
  • Majoring in Business, Communications or an HR-related discipline
  • Good communication skills
  • Customer service focus

About Our Team

With a geographic footprint that extends across multiple sites in California, New Mexico, Texas, Alaska, and beyond, the Integrated Security Solutions Division (8000) supports vital national security work in all of Sandia’s mission portfolios: Nuclear Deterrence, Advanced Science & Technology, Global Security, National Security Programs, and Energy and Homeland Security (E/HS).

Division 8000 also manages Sandia’s E/HS portfolio, which is sponsored by the U.S. Departments of Energy, Homeland Security, Health and Human Services, and other federal agencies. In addition, Division 8000 is the primary steward for Sandia’s campus in Livermore, California, and oversees Sandia/California programs in weapon systems engineering, stockpile systems, and components engineering. The Division is also the home of the Bioscience and Earth Science Research Foundations and the internationally known Combustion Research Facility.

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.