Internships & Co-ops

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An exceptional educational experience

Receive mentoring, training, and practical work experience in a world-class research environment.

Are you interested in applying classroom theory in a real-world work environment? Each year, Sandia welcomes students from around the country. Some are year-round interns who attend local schools, many come during the summer, and others co-op during the academic year. We offer a wide range of technical and business-related opportunities for students ranging from high school (ages 16+) to those working on their Ph.D degrees.

We offer intern and co-op opportunities that…

  • Provide students with research mentoring from top scientists and engineers.
  • Offer students training and practical work experience in using state-of-the-art equipment and instruments.
  • Identify outstanding graduates for possible full-time employment.
  • Help students gain academic credit while working as co-op interns. (Ask your college's co-op or internship office about these work-study programs that are offered during the fall, winter, and spring.)


Intern and co-op positions at Sandia have the following requirements:

  • U.S. citizenship
  • At least 16 years of age
  • Full-time enrollment status at an accredited college, university, or local high school (typically 12 units for undergraduate students and 9 units for graduate students unless otherwise determined by the institution)
    • Year-round/co-op intern – Must be a full-time student during the academic school year (spring, fall, and winter)
    • Summer intern – Must be a full-time student during the spring term immediately preceding the internship
    • Academic intern – Must be a full-time student during the term (spring, fall, or winter) immediately preceding the internship
  • Minimum cumulative grade point average
    • 3.5/4.0 for graduate students
    • 3.2/4.0 for undergraduate and high school students applying for technical or business positions
    • 2.5/4.0 for undergraduate and high school students applying for clerical or laborer* positions
      (* Laborer positions are available only at the Sandia/New Mexico site)

Application procedure

Please apply for an intern or co-op position at least three months prior to your desired start date.

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

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


Selection for an intern or co-op position is based on your interests, academic achievement, applicable experience, and Sandia's workforce needs.