Resilient Energy Systems Intern Institute

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The Resilient Energy Systems Intern Institute (RESII) is an innovative program that is focused on providing undergrad and graduate students with exciting and challenging opportunities to progress their science and engineering foundation.  Our student interns will support the Resilient Energy Systems Mission Campaign.  The Mission Campaign is a 7-year multimillion-dollar internal R&D investment that involves research and development from brilliant minds across the Labs. The goal of the Mission Campaign is to develop a more resilient U.S. energy grid and critical energy infrastructure system to threats and attacks. 

Students will be exposed to state-of-the-art testing facilities, labs and capabilities.  Working in collaboration with their project team and mentors, graduate interns will participate in science and engineering research with National Security impact.

What You Gain

RESII Interns will develop robust skills in multidisciplinary areas of research including:

  • Energy Resiliency
  • Cyber Security
  • Data Analytics
  • Computer Science
  • Materials Science
  • Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning

Project Types

Students will have the opportunity to participate in one of the below projects within our project portfolio

  • Critical Node Identification, Vulnerability Modeling, and Topology Optimization for the Electric Grid
  • REDLY: Resilience Enhancements through Deep Learning Yields
  • Discovery of New High-Frequency Magnetic Materials Enabled by Artificial Intelligence
  • Adversarial Power System Vulnerability Identification and Defense through Deep Reinforcement Learning
  • ADROC: An Emulation Experimentation Platform for Advancing Resilience of Control Systems
  • Dynamic Monitoring to Analyze Grid Vulnerability to Fire
  • Distributed Computation Algorithms Focusing on Modeling and Demonstration of Transformer Cyber Resilience
  • Development of Power System Models for Optimal Grid Restoration Subject to Intentional Threats
  • Nanostructural Granular Metals for Improved EMP Protection
  • Dynamics-Informed Optimization for Resilient Energy
  • Signal-Based Fast-Tripping Protection Schemes for Electric Power Distribution System Resilience
  • Harmonized Automatic Relay Mitigation of Nefarious Intentional Events (HARMONIE) Special Protection Schemes

Program Details

LocationNew Mexico
When OfferedYear Round
DisciplineEnergy Resiliency 
Cyber Security 
Data Analytics
Computer Science 
Materials Science 
Engineering (Mechanical, Electrical, Nuclear)
Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning
Desired SkillsExperience with systems engineering course work or projects
Computer skills including Microsoft Office, Data Analysis, Reporting and Programming
Experience in computer programming for equipment control or data reduction (e.g. Labview, Matlab, Python, and other commercial software)
Experience documenting and presenting work in reports, memos, and presentations

Application procedure

  1. Use Sandia’s Careers tool to create a username and password.
  2. Enter “RESII” into the Keywords text field, and click Search.
  3. Browse the list of RESII 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.

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