A group of EDIS interns at the solar panel farm.
Sandia students take a tour of the on-site National Solar Thermal Test Facility

When offered

Year-round and summer

Who can apply

Undergraduate and graduate students majoring in Computer Science, Computer Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and other related disciplines, as well as advanced high school students.


Sandia/New Mexico


The Interdisciplinary Design, Engineering, and Assurance Students (IDEAS) program is a multi-discipline, product focused intern program that provides engineering design, components, subsystems, integration, testing, and field support for nuclear weapons and other national security applications. Examples of these applications include the development of satellite and other space-flight payloads and testing for high consequence military programs. 

IDEAS actively recruits undergraduate and graduate school students with the following majors: Computer Science, Computer Engineering, and Electrical Engineering. 

IDEAS interns will work collaboratively with experienced Technical Staff on research and development, analysis of technology and engineering options, project design, testing, data acquisition, and data analysis.

Examples of IDEAS projects include:

  • Developing software for a wide variety of applications
  • Writing test vectors to exercise ASIC functionality
  • Characterizing electronics power consumption for various operational configurations

Application procedure

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

Detailed instructions for using Sandia's Careers tool to apply for a position are also available.