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Sandia National Laboratories

Student Intern

May - July 2021 • Livermore, CA

What I liked

I enjoyed getting to meet and work with a diverse group of professionals with varied specializations. I was supported every step of the way by my research mentor and manager, and had access to many resources as an intern. The internship ended with a research symposium, which allowed me to present the work that I had performed.

What I wish was different

I wish that I had been able to attend the internship in person, as virtual work lacked the personal connections with my mentors and other interns. It seemed like Sandia normally has lots of engaging and fun events for interns, but paused most of them due to the pandemic.

Advice

Don't be afraid to learn on the job! The people you'll be working with recognize that your education isn't yet complete, and will meet you at your knowledge level. As long as you enthusiastically apply yourself to the work at hand and have a willingness to learn, you'll succeed at Sandia.
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Summer Undergraduate R&D S&E Intern

May - August 2018 • Kirtland Air Force Base, NM

What I liked

The relocation benefits, the 9/80 schedule, I went on a business trip with the web development team, everyone I worked with was patient, passionate and excited to teach me. I felt like the work I was doing actually benefitted the organization and had real-world value for the Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA). Everyone in the facility was nurturing and friendly and answered any and every questions I had. They were welcoming and I learned very quickly that it was a family. I made friends that I will keep close for a very long time, and memories that I won't soon forget. My facility (the Z Pulsed Power Facility) was different, I think. Summer 2017, I also worked for Sandia but not at Z, and I had projects that were handed to me and that was it. At Z, I had the chance to see where the facility can improve and take it upon myself to fix it. For some, that may be stressful, but I like that level of autonomy. For a general intern at Sandia, there was lots to do. Lots of projects, but tons of fun intern events as well. Barbecues, job fairs, resume reviews galore. It was awesome!

What I wish was different

I was the only one from Stony Brook. I wish Sandia was advertised more out here because it's such a great place to work. I know they work a lot with University of New Mexico (makes sense), Missouri S&T, and other great schools, but I don't think they've reached out this far east yet. I hope that changes.

Advice

Stay curious. Stay ambitious. This isn't just for Sandia Labs, this is life advice: Stay hungry and make things happen for yourself. I would also say it's important to know how to adapt and never stop learning.
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Computer Science Intern

February 2020 • Albuquerque, NM

What I liked

I feel that I learned more, in terms of practical knowledge, in the first six months of interning than I did in the entirety of my college career.

What I wish was different

It would have been nice to receive more mentorship while working, but that hasn’t really been possible due to the pandemic.

Advice

If you’re jumping careers (or starting fresh out of high school), an internship like this is a great opportunity to bolster your classroom learning with on-the-job skills!
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Undergraduate R&D Cyber Security Intern

June 2020 • Albuquerque, NM

What I liked

Very nice people, very good work environment.

What I wish was different

My internship was remote which was a truly awful experience. I definitely learned a lot but it was miserable working 8-5 alone in my room, and only meeting with people on Teams meetings a couple times a week.

Advice

Remote internships suck but are still worth the eperience.
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R&D Intern

April 2019 • Albuquerque, NM

What I liked

The work environment and team oriented work.

What I wish was different

More background specific Work

Advice

If you want to feel like a part of something greater and work with a team of experts SNL is the place!
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Chemical Engineering Intern

May - August 2020 • Albuquerque, NM

What I liked

My manager and mentor were both very helpful and great to work with during my internship. I was able to learn more about processes and develop new skills that I otherwise wouldn't have had the opportunity to do.

What I wish was different

The internship was completely remote due to COVID, which was somewhat disappointing and challenging, but Sandia made the best out of the situation and made working remotely very easy

Advice

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Business Intern

November 2017 • Albuquerque, NM

What I liked

Work-Life Balance; Competitive Salary; Flexible with School Schedule; Real-Work

What I wish was different

N/A

Advice

Be prepared to learn and grow immensely!
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Research intern

April 2019 • Albuquerque, NM

What I liked

Great community of Engineers and Researchers who are helpful, supportive, and intelligent.

What I wish was different

More hands on experience

Advice

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R&D Co-Op

May - September 2019 • Albuquerque, NM

What I liked

Very hands-on work and relevant to career goals. Got to work in a team and had a lot of help and resources.

What I wish was different

I wish I could have received more constructive feedback regularly throughout my co-op.

Advice

Ask lots of questions about your job early on so you know how your work fits into the big picture.
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Year-Round R&D Intern

March 2017 • Kirtland Air Force Base, NM

What I liked

I am working in a lab, and so I do both experimentation, data reduction and analysis and experimental design. From my experience at Sandia, I've found that I enjoy experimental work and would most likely do experimental astrophysics for my PhD research. I'm very lucky that I was able to work in a department that does mainly high energy-density astrophysics (something that I am interested in) and that the project I am working on is beyond just running data and busy work. I also feel like I have a lot of autonomy but my mentors are always available and willing to help me.

What I wish was different

Although I really enjoyed the autonomy, I felt like management was a little disengaged when it came to my work and well-being. I would've liked for my manager to check up on me more often, even if it was through email.

Advice

It's pretty much impossible to produce and learn anything meaningful without working with other people. Throughout the duration of my project, I've had to work with people of many different backgrounds and experiences and have found that this was probably one of the most valuable things I have gained from my time at Sandia.
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Research & Development Intern

May 2018 • Albuquerque, NM

What I liked

Being able to experience many phases and areas of the R&D process. Work varied from hands on in the lab work to design calculation.

What I wish was different

An option to work more that 40 hours would have been nice. It is understandable why that isn't an option though.

Advice

Where ever you work or intern, get to know your team and try to integrate with them as soon as possible. This will allow you to work on many more interesting things as well as learn a lot from there experiences.
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R&D engineering co-op

June - December 2019 • Albuquerque, NM

What I liked

I loved the diversity in work i was doing. I also loved how I was being challenged to perform various tasks. I was consistently learning new things and equipment I will continue to use in my career.

What I wish was different

my pay was based on credits taken. My pay was increased half way through my co-op to reflect the credits I had earned prior to beginning my co-op. I would have rather been given the rate deserved in the beginning of my co-op rather than half way through.

Advice

Always ask questions. Coming into the lab there are a lot of things that will be new and unknown. Always ask about something you are unfamiliar with.
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R&D Intern - Undergrad

April 2018 - May 2019 • Albuquerque, NM

What I liked

You have the potential to learn a lot and gain plenty of experience. Mentors try to expose you to many aspects of research. The pay is quite generous, especially for undergraduate students. And working schedule is amenable and accommodating to any lifestyle. If you get a year round internship, most mentors will try to work around your class schedule so that you don’t have to miss.

What I wish was different

With Sandia being in Albuquerque and me going to school at NMT in Socorro, I would have to drive down three times a week to meet the hour requirements during the school year.

Advice

Mentors can only do so much to help you get the experience you want. Make the most of it by trying to help the technologists when your mentors don’t have anything for you to do.
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R&D intern

May 2019 • Albuquerque, NM

What I liked

Mentoring

What I wish was different

N/A

Advice

Go to career fair, and apply as undergrad
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Year round intern

May 2019 • Albuquerque, NM

What I liked

I liked being able to apply my degree knowledge and participate in the working environment.

What I wish was different

Advice

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Technical intern

May 2019 • Albuquerque, NM

What I liked

It was very flexible

What I wish was different

More direction

Advice

It's a great place to build connections and to jump start careers
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Research and Devlopment Intern

June 2017 • Albuquerque, NM

What I liked

Good intern network and mentor relationship

What I wish was different

A little more defined scope of work

Advice

Sandia is an amazing place to work, if you can try and move around to a couple internship to try and find what suits you best!
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Ceramic Powder Processing Intern

January - August 2019 • Albuquerque, NM

What I liked

Top notch labs Incredibly smart mentors Lots of things to do in ABQ

What I wish was different

Less red tape Faster pace work Less beurocracy

Advice

Come in with a desire to work hard, and be ready to give push back on timelines of work. Everything is negotiable
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Computational Biology R&D Intern

May - August 2019 • Livermore, CA

What I liked

I like the independence I had to lead my own project.

What I wish was different

I wish I would have had more of a team to collaborate with and learn from, rather than working on a project that no one else was aware of.

Advice

I would make sure ahead of time that they have a project idea set up so you aren't stuck doing a project thrown together at the last second.
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Mechanical Engineering Intern

May 2019 • Albuquerque, NM

What I liked

Great team

What I wish was different

Advice

Keep applying.
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