National Security Engineering Institute

Sandia engineering interns debug commercial circuits for use in a project prototype.
Sandia engineering interns debug commercial circuits for use in a project prototype.



When offered

Summer only

Who can apply

Upper-division undergraduate and graduate students majoring in computer science or electrical, mechanical, or computer engineering

About NSEI

The National Security Engineering Institute (NSEI) offers hands-on engineering experience to undergraduate and graduate students in electrical- and mechanical-engineering disciplines and computer science. Interns can expect to do real engineering work — on projects tailored to their individual interests, technical background, and experience.

The changing national-security landscape offers a wide variety of technical problems that require innovative electrical- and mechanical-engineering solutions. NSEI interns have opportunities to design embedded-control systems, program microcontrollers, lay out printed wiring assemblies, and fabricate and test their own designs.

Additional project areas critical to Sandia's mission as a national-security laboratory include the following:

  • Programmable logic for quick-turnaround prototypes and flight-test telemetry systems
  • Secure microprocessor architectures
  • Process development and fabrication of high-aspect-ratio micromachines
  • Microelectronics fabrication
  • Microsystems engineering
  • Defense and energy technologies
  • Environmental sciences

Application procedure

  1. Use Sandia's Careers tool to create a username and password.
  2. Enter "NSEI" into the Keywords text field, and click Search.
  3. Browse the list of NSEI 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.