SENTINL: Interns for Security, Arms Control, and Force Protection Engineering

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Sandia interns work to lower the risk posed by catastrophic and potentially destabilizing events.

When offered

Summer only

Who can apply

Undergraduate and graduate students majoring in computer science, electrical engineering, computer engineering, mechanical engineering, or a related field of study


Sandia/New Mexico

About iSAFE

The Interns for Security, Arms Control, and Force Protection Engineering (iSAFE) program gives students the opportunity to develop next-generation systems for compelling national security missions. Interns work on complex and challenging problems to lower the risk posed by high-consequence events, such as nuclear and biological proliferation, terrorist threats, catastrophic incidents, and potentially destabilizing events. Projects range from small R&D efforts to large, multidisciplinary team collaborations.

Sponsored by Sandia’s Energy, Nonproliferation, and High-Consequence Security Division, iSAFE offers technical mentors and projects in critical asset protection and security, weapon and force protection, and nonproliferation and cooperative threat reduction. The mission of iSAFE is to contribute to national security through the effective use of science, technology and full-spectrum system solutions to lower the risk posed by high-consequence events.

iSAFE interns are part of Sandia’s Security, Engineering and Nonproliferation Technical Interns for National security Leadership (SENTINL) program, which offers students valuable cross-exposure to projects in another SENTINL track – Energy Security Incubators (ESI).

Desired skills and experience for iSAFE projects include the following:

  • Computer science
    • Scientific/engineering application software development and data visualization
    • Cyber vulnerability assessment and network penetration testing
    • User interfaces
    • Distributed system and multicore development for embedded applications
    • Computer network (wired/wireless) security
    • Data exploitation/mining/fusion algorithms and systems
    • Modeling and simulation
  • Electrical/computer engineering
    • Physical/cyber vulnerability assessment
    • Supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA), critical infrastructure, and/or electric power systems
    • Sensor systems, including multispectral imaging, infrared break-beam, mechanical, radio frequency (RF), and radar
    • Embedded systems
    • RF, antenna, and/or wireless systems
  • Mechanical engineering
    • Thermal test and analysis
    • System assessment
    • Structural design and computer-aided design (CAD) systems
    • Vehicle and personnel barrier evaluation and testing

Application procedure

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