For military personnel with combat-related injuries

Sandia National Laboratories’ Exceptional Warrior Career Development Program (EWCDP) provides unique limited-term employment supporting national security missions, while helping participants acquire career skills through training and mentoring. EWCDP participants who perform well have the potential to transition to regular full-time employment.

For military personnel with combat-related injuries

Sandia National Laboratories’ Exceptional Warrior Career Development Program (EWCDP) provides unique limited-term employment supporting national security missions, while helping participants acquire career skills through training and mentoring. EWCDP participants who perform well have the potential to transition to regular full-time employment.

Goals

The Exceptional Warrior Career Development Program has established goals to identify, recruit, hire, and train disabled military personnel who meet program criteria. The goals are to:

  • Provide activities that develop and refine career skills to support Sandia’s national security mission.
  • Support additional education (e.g., offer flexible work schedules).
  • Provide a comprehensive support system.
  • Collaborate with other agencies to coordinate program benefits and services.
  • Coordinate professional, individualized, functional training, guidance, and support to help participants successfully transition from a military to a civilian career.

Expectations

Sandia’s EWCDP is modeled after the successful Oracle Wounded Warrior Program, which has produced a number of top performers for Oracle. Military veterans who are accepted into the program are expected to:

  • Contribute to Sandia’s national security mission.
  • Actively pursue appropriate college education while in the program (achieving an advanced degree is desired).
  • Continue to develop and refine job-related skills through training.
  • Engage in executive-level mentoring.
  • Share experiences to improve understanding of the combat theater and enhance connections with Sandia work.

The EWCDP is a multi-year program, with new Exceptional Warriors hired each year. The program provides limited-term (1-7 years) employment and is not an internship. Rather, it involves a support structure to facilitate wounded warriors’ successful transition from military to civilian life. Annual hiring depends on workloads, funding sources, and the limitations of collaborative partners. The program estimates hiring five to ten wounded warriors annually.

Eligibility Requirements

Sandia will work with its collaborative partners to develop and implement a process for identifying and selecting EWCDP candidates with a strong chance for success. Sandia personnel will work with Veteran’s Administration Health Care personnel to determine selection tools and eligibility differentiators. Selecting individuals who are ready to transition back to civilian life will provide the best opportunity for success.

Answer the following questions to see if you are eligible to participate:

  1. Are you a U.S. military veteran who has been wounded in combat?
  2. Are you interested in a career in national security?
  3. Are you comfortable working with a team-based and collaborative approach toward shared goals?
  4. Are you willing to develop and refine your career skills?
  5. Are you interested in furthering your education while in the EWCDP?
  6. If hired into a regular full-time position, are you willing to mentor new EWCDP participants?

If you answered yes to all of the questions above, contact us via email at ExceptionalWarriors@sandia.gov. You must provide a short paragraph addressing the questions above and attach a copy of your current resume.

After you contact us, a EWCDP Champion will be assigned to you and members of the EWCDP screening committee will conduct a phone interview to determine your eligibility to participate in the program. After a successful screening interview, your resume will be shared with managers who have an existing EWCDP position matching your skills. If the hiring manager determines that you have the knowledge, skills, and abilities for the position, you will be invited to an on-site interview. If no positions are currently available, your name will be added to our list of approved EWCDP candidates looking for future employment.

Collaborative Partners

Sandia partners with the New Mexico Department of Veterans Affairs.

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.

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Sandia demonstrates its commitment to public safety in the national interest by requiring that all new hires attest to their vaccination status before commencing employment. The requirement also applies to those who are telecommuting and working virtually.
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