Careers

Physical Sciences Institute

Sandia interns work side-by-side with top scientists and engineers who serve as research mentors.
Sandia interns work side-by-side with top scientists and engineers who serve as research mentors.

When offered

Summer only

Who can apply

Undergraduate and graduate students

Location

Sandia/California

About PSI

Graduate and undergraduate interns in the Physical Sciences Institute (PSI) at Sandia take physical-science problems "hands on." Whether working side-by-side with the energetic and talented microfluidics team to solve today's challenging chem-bio problems or collaborating with top researchers in Sandia's world-renowned Combustion Research Facility (CRF) to develop ground-breaking diagnostic and remote-sensing tools, PSI interns are immersed in a scientifically rich and dynamic research community. Interns are expected to make a strong contribution to their assigned projects.

Current examples of PSI projects include the following:

  • Emissions measurements in an automotive HCCI research engine
  • Laser absorption measurements of elementary reaction kinetics of the vinyl radical
  • Advanced engine heat-release analysis
  • Turbulent-energy dissipation estimation
  • The effect of cartridge geometry effects on protein concentration and recovery using microliter solid-phase extraction
  • Bonding methodologies for plastic chips
  • Autonomous electrokinetic concentrator for water-quality monitoring
  • Hydrogen engine combustion

Application procedure

  1. Use Sandia's Careers tool to create a username and password.
  2. Enter "physical sciences institute" into the Keywords text field, and click Search.
  3. Browse the list of PSI intern openings.
  4. Complete an online application for a specific intern opening.

Detailed instructions for using Sandia's Careers tool to apply for a position are also available.