Component Science, Engineering and Production

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Interns making real impact


The Component Science, Engineering, and Production (CSEP) Mission Center is responsible for the research, design, qualification, production, and surveillance of over 100 products across four product lines: power sources, explosives, neutron generators, and integrated surety production.

CSEP teams and interns work hands-on in our laboratories to design and develop components for neutron generators, process and formulate energetic material-based solutions for applications of explosive phenomenology, and implement the latest engineering technologies to advance power source research and development. The four product lines of this Mission Center crosscuts Sandia and serves the Nuclear Deterrence (ND) Mission. 

Component Science, Engineering, and Production interns are part of a Sandia program, MissionTech, which offers students valuable cross-exposure to projects in ND Mission Technologies mission centers.

What You Gain

  • Digital and/or analog design experience
  • Hardware engineering and development experience
  • Hands-on experience through full scale component production
  • A professional network of fellow interns from around the nation through fun events and activities

All Sandia internships are made possible by a stipend and serve as a direct pipeline to full-time employment at the Labs. Sandia Internships also offer a variety of benefits, from flexible work schedules to health and wellness, to co-op opportunities. Interns work as integrated members of their teams alongside experienced mentors to produce project deliverables, and past interns have published research papers alongside their Sandia teams.

Project Types

  • Design and develop components for neutron generators
  • Research, design, and test power sources
  • Materials research and qualification for use with energetic components
  • Characterizing electronics power consumption for a variety of operational configurations

Program Details

LocationNew Mexico, California, Limited Remote Opportunities
When OfferedSummer
DisciplineElectrical Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Computer Science
Computer Engineering
and more
Desired SkillsDemonstrated ability to collaborate and learn new skills
Experience with LabVIEW, SOLIDWORKS, C++, and/or Python
Experience with embedded systems or circuit design

Application procedure

  1. Use Sandia’s Careers tool to create a username and password.
  2. Enter “MissionTech” into the Keywords text field, and click Search.
  3. Browse the list of MissionTech intern openings.
  4. Complete an online application for a specific intern opening

Detailed instructions for using Sandia’s Career tool to apply for a position are also available.

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.

Sandia invites you to review the Equal Employment Opportunity posters which include EEO is the Law, EEO is the Law Poster Supplement, and Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision.

Sandia is a drug-free workplace. As a national laboratory funded by a U.S. government agency, we are subject to federal laws regarding illegal drug use. Illegal use of a controlled substance, including marijuana even in places where it does not violate state law, may impact your ability to obtain and/or maintain a Department of Energy security clearance, and may result in the withdrawal of an employment offer or termination of employment.