Sandia Academic Alliance (SAA) Program aims to solve significant problems that the lab could not address alone by partnering with universities that possess key academic disciplines, relevant research capabilities, and a strong commitment to national security. The program provides enormous potential benefits for Sandia, the partner universities, all involved researchers, and for students interested in cutting-edge Laboratory Directed Research and Development. Universities currently in the Academic Alliance Program include Georgia Tech, Purdue, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, University of New Mexico, and University of Texas at Austin.

Internship Highlights

Sandia provides the next generation of great scientists and engineers with hands-on experience and the opportunity to innovate with world-class personnel through numerous internship opportunities. “It’s not just a job.” Hear about Sandia from the perspective of Sandia Academic Alliance interns working on important projects  in a variety of fields.

“Working at a company like Sandia, you have no choice but to think of the bigger picture because the work that they do is very vital to humanity. That’s definitely something that motivates you to come in each day.” -Ravez Jones, Georgia Institute of Technology, Sandia intern

“When I was coming to Sandia, I didn’t know what to expect. I just knew I was going to a world-renowned lab and that I was probably going to be doing some pretty challenging stuff. And by far, my expectations have been met and exceeded.”- Paige Solcani, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Sandia intern

“I don’t think I ever realized how many national security challenges there are and how many different challenges we are facing. But coming to work at Sandia has shown me that there is a lot more to it than what you see on the news.”- Daniel Krolopp, Purdue University, Sandia intern

“My particular interest is aerospace engineering, and I was able to gain experience through experiments on understanding the thermal protection of reentry vehicles as they reenter the earth’s atmosphere.”-Andres Castillo, UT Austin, Sandia intern 


“Accepting an internship at Sandia National Laboratories truly opened my eyes to how impactful statistics is; in particular, that statistics can be used to analyze and explain complicated phenomena.” [Bibiana presented her research at Posters on the Hill, an annual undergraduate poster session on Capitol Hill.]- Bibiana Seng, University of New Mexico, Sandia intern

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