Surety, Design Engineering and Weapons Quality

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Interns making real impact


The Surety, Design Engineering, and Weapons Quality Mission Center crosscuts Sandia and is embedded in every Nuclear Deterrence (ND) program and several beyond. This team brings every major engineering discipline to bear, alongside those with deep industry experience. From the most intricate circuit to the all-up-round, from the most fundamental measurement to the most complex qualification, this mission center guides the “how” of Sandia’s engineering to assure the highest technical confidence can be achieved.

This integrated group of nuclear safety, weapon response, and electrical analysis experts teams to develop an array of products that support the safety and reliability of the nation’s nuclear deterrent. With expertise in design tools, modeling and analysis techniques, and GD&T – the Surety, Design Engineering, and Weapons Quality Mission Center partners with clients to engineer high-quality product definitions to solve national security challenges.

Surety, Design Engineering, and Weapons Quality 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

  • Experience with product design and development
  • Requirements engineering and traceability skills
  • Tester qualification and integration experience
  • 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

  • Modeling and simulation of electrical circuit and electro-magnetic devices
  • Analysis and testing of failure models
  • Thermal and structural analysis of design simulations
  • Computer-aided design engineering and tolerance analysis

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 SOLIDWORKS/CAD, 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.