Intern – Global Chemical and Biological Security Group – R&D Graduate Year-Round Sandia National Laboratories Sandia National Laboratories 236 reviews

What Your Job Will Be Like

We are seeking a Year-Round – R&D Graduate Intern to join our dynamic team! The Global Chemical and Biological Security program (GCBS) at Sandia National Laboratories is seeking a year-round Graduate intern to support risk assessment research projects. Under the supervision of the Program Lead, the intern will assist in identifying, categorizing, and publishing key data on a collaborative data platform and learning management system. The ideal candidate is a highly motivated individual who can work both independently and as part of the team and who has a strong interest in the fields of nonproliferation and laboratory containment of pathogens

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

  • Perform literature review tasks as directed by the Program Lead
  • Conduct research on Biorisk management topics and tracks training outcomes
  • Maintain and update collaborative data platforms and learning management system on Biorisk management curriculum
  • Help convert direct training curriculum into distance learning modules
  • Contribute to project team discussions, presentations, and publications

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 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

Qualifications We Desire

Ideally, we would like to see your background include some of the following:

  • Pursuing a Graduate degree in International Relations, Biology, Microbiology, Pharmacology, Public Health, computer science, statistics or related field
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office is required, including prior experience with Microsoft Outlook, PowerPoint, Word, and Excel;
  • Demonstrated experience with learning management systems and with scientific literature indexing sites
  • The ability to work independently in a dynamic environment, and the ability to interact with a technically diverse group of staff members
  • Strong technical writing skills
  • Knowledge of international business cultures
  • Excellent critical thinking/problem solving skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong attention to detail and organizational skills.
  • Strong time management skills.
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team.

About Our Team

The 06825 Department, is part of Sandia’s Global Chemical and Biological Security (GCBS) program, is multidisciplinary and focuses on advancing global international threat reduction goals by promoting safe, secure and responsible use of dangerous biological and chemical agents around the globe. The GCBS program provides specific technical advice to the US Government on issues related to counter-chem/bioterrorism, the Biological Weapons Convention, the Chemical Weapons Convention, and has projects in the following areas: security system analysis, design and implementation; agent risk prioritization; outbreak control and management; information control and management; training in the areas of biosafety, chemical safety, security, risk awareness, disease surveillance and diagnostics, and related topics; and global, regional, and country-specific analysis and assessments. These projects involve both US interests as well as those of various foreign countries and international organizations.

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*
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  • 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.

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