TITANS: Monitoring Systems and Technology Intern Center

The Monitoring Systems and Technology Intern Center (MSTIC) is a student internship program focused on developing the next generation of experts in national security systems — space missions, treaty verification, nuclear nonproliferation, cooperative monitoring, surveillance, and reconnaissance. Working side-by-side with experienced research staff mentors, interns are encouraged to explore leading-edge technologies as they devise original, full-system solutions for real-world problems in national security.

MSTIC promotes collaboration, creativity, and mentorship by emphasizing teamwork, innovative thinking, and strong project leadership. In addition, the program provides a continuous learning environment through on-site training, technical seminars, and tours of current defense systems.

Designed for students interested in remote sensing, space-based systems, sensor technology, and high-consequence systems, MSTIC offers high-impact opportunities in the fields of computer, electrical, mechanical, optical, and systems engineering. MSTIC determines the best fit for each intern by taking into account individual skills and interests.

MSTIC 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:

MSTIC interns will gain skills in the following areas:

  • Physics Based Modeling and Simulation on High Performance Computing

  • Software Design and Integration for Space Payloads

  • Signal Image Processing and Pattern Recognition for Signal Exploitation in Remote Sensing

  • Advanced Space Electronics Analog & Digital Design

  • Problem Decomposition for Space Embedded Systems from TRL-1 to TRL-9

  • Ability to work in a multi-disciplinary science team

Project Types:

Examples of MSTIC projects in specific fields include the following:

Computer engineering
• Develop simulation hardware and software
• Develop interactive space payload graphical user interfaces
• Support ground segment systems

Optical engineering
• Design, analyze, and test components for optical remote sensing systems
• Conduct tolerancing and error budget development
• Model synthetic scene simulations and system performance

Electrical engineering
• Monitor underground sensors and high-resolution digitizers
• Develop MATLAB analysis programs
Systems engineering
• Develop new product conceptual designs
• Mange and resolve identified risks
• Ensure and verify the integrity of the program configuration baseline
Mechanical engineering
• Improve new product designs through highly accelerated life testing

Application Procedure:

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