SIGMA (Student Intern Group for Microelectronics Advancement)

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SIGMA (Student Intern Group for Microelectronics Advancement) is the talent pipeline to develop the next generation of microelectronics staff members for compelling national security missions and research. Our scientists, engineers, and researchers pursue advanced concepts that integrate not only electronics at the micro scale, but embody sensors, photonics, quantum systems, radiation hardened electronics, and MEMS components. The Microsystems organization has the mission to develop beyond leading edge trusted microsystems technologies to enable new and increasingly powerful macro-system capability and functionality for critical national security platforms. Extensive scientific and engineering expertise in areas such as material growth and process development for silicon and compounds, device and product design, advanced packaging technologies for 3-D integration, reliability, and failure analysis makes possible the custom trusted solutions we deliver to the nation today.

SIGMA interns are part of a Sandia program, Technical Internships to Advance National Security (TITANS), which offers students valuable cross-exposure to projects in other TITANS tracks.

What You Gain

In keeping with our vision to be one of the nation’s premier science and engineering laboratory for national security and technology innovation, we recruit the best and the brightest, equip them with world-class research tools and facilities, and provide opportunities for hands-on, flexible, challenging, interesting, and cutting-edge research opportunities while being mentored by Sandia National Laboratories scientists and engineers. These direct experiences are supplemented with technical seminars and facility tours to expose students to the broad range of engineering and scientific disciplines represented in Sandia microelectronics.

  • Valuable exposure to technical and national security challenges. 
  • Unique hands-on environment offering cutting edge projects with real life applications. 
  • Development of valuable skills while collaborating with other students under the high-caliber technical mentorship of the professional MESA community.
  • Preparation and guidance toward a rewarding career path shaped by intern unique interests and talents.
  • Gateway to personal and professional network development, making connections and building relationships with with leaders involved in national-level conversations across many disciplines.

The Student Intern Group for Microelectronics Advancement (SIGMA) hires undergraduate and graduate students studying Electrical Engineering, Microelectronics, Materials Science, Chemistry, Physics, and other related fields. In addition to gaining immediate professional experience serving at a premier NNSA National Laboratory, summer interns may also have the opportunity to extend the summer internship into a year-round internship, and pursue a path to Sandia National Labs employment.

Project Types

The SIGMA institute offers projects in both high-rigor production and Research & Development fabrication procedures and exposure to multiple technologies and production flows:

  • Silicon/CMOS Microelectronics
  • Compound Semiconductor{III-V) Microelectronics
  • MEMS (Micro-electro-mechanical systems) devices
  • Silicon & 111-V Photonic ICs
  • RF/Analog ICs
  • Advanced Packaging
  • Heterogeneous Intregration
  • Novel Test & Failure Analysis

Program Details

LocationNew Mexico, California, Virtual
When OfferedSummer, Year Round
DisciplineElectrical Engineering
Materials Science
Other Engineering

Application procedure

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

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