Professional development

You will be matched with a full-time mentor in a related technical or business discipline. The mentor will work closely with you to make your internship a rewarding experience. Interns conducting research at Sandia work on real-world, challenging problems and can take advantage of opportunities to share their results in summer symposium posters and possibly in national conferences or peer-reviewed journals.

Networking and social events

The opportunity to connect and network can be a huge bonus as you navigate through your next academic steps and prepare for your career. Even before you arrive, joining the Sandia Labs Students Facebook group for your lab location (NM or CA) can help you meet other interns—and possibly find a roommate.

During your first week, orientation meetings will set you on your course, and opportunities to attend seminars, brown bags, social activities, and other events will let you connect with Sandians throughout your internship. After you leave, you can stay active on the Sandia Labs Students Facebook groups to learn about current events as well as potential career opportunities at Sandia. Plan to join this group and bookmark our Intern Central website to get the latest information.

As a Sandia intern, you can also obtain discount tickets for local attractions and public transportation at our FlexLife website in California or the Sandia Employee Recreation Program (SERP) office in New Mexico.

Your health and fitness

All student employees may access Sandia's health services clinic, fitness center, and the employee assistance program.

Year-round interns (excluding high school students) and eligible dependents who are not covered by another medical plan may be eligible for basic medical coverage (but not dental or vision coverage). Summer interns, co-ops, and fellows are not eligible for medical coverage.

Your money matters

All Sandia interns and their families are eligible for lifelong membership in the Sandia Laboratory Federal Credit Union. The credit union is located on-site, so you can easily open and maintain a checking and/or savings account. You can also take advantage of automatic paycheck deposits to your credit union or other financial institution accounts.

Miscellaneous items

Student employees may be eligible for other benefits, such as group accident insurance, a pre-tax premium plan, and certain types of unpaid leaves of absence. For more information, please call (505) 844-4237.

Student employees are not eligible for any paid time off, such as paid holidays, or vacations. CA student interns may accrue paid sick leave and may request up to 3 days or 24 hours of accrued paid sick leave per year at the beginning of each 12-month period.  Interns shall be entitled to use paid sick leave on their 90th day of employment due to the California’s Healthy Workplaces, Healthy Families Act of 2014 (HWHFA).