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Interns for Security, Arms Control, and Force Protection Engineering

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.

What You Gain:

iSAFE interns can acquire skills in the following areas:

  • Cyber resilient systems and solutions development, adversary-based assessments

  • Research in advanced technologies for detection of radiological sources

  • Robotics and physical security systems, force protection

  • Resume-building experience with a Sandia staff member on collaborative research

Project Types:

Potential projects available for student interns include the following:

  • Analysis & virtualized experimentation of IT and OT systems for proving communication security and resilience

  • Cyber Red/Blue teaming to demonstrate the effects of exploiting common network vulnerabilities and misconfigurations

  • Develop high-fidelity explosive simulations for critical missions

  • Design a blast generator for ballistic/explosive experiments

  • Characterize the fluid flow and optical properties of 3D printed material

  • Develop next generation cyber or physical intrusion alarm display using advanced 3D graphics and machine driven analysis

Desired skills and experience for projects include:

Computer science

  • Scientific/engineering application software development and data visualization

  • Cyber vulnerability assessment and network penetration testing

  • User interfaces, JAVA, C++, Python, UNIX, Linux, Windows

  • Distributed system and multicore development for embedded applications

  • Machine learning, decision systems, natural language processing

  • Data exploitation/mining/fusion algorithms and systems, relational databases

  • Modeling and simulation, numerical analysis

Electrical/computer engineering

  • Industrial control systems, supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA), critical infrastructure, and/or electric power systems, PLC’s

  • Sensor systems, including multispectral imaging, infrared break-beam, mechanical, radio frequency (RF), and RADAR

  • Embedded systems and architectures, FPGA, VHDL, low level programming

  • RF, antenna, wired/wireless systems, digital signal processing

Mechanical engineering

  • Thermal test and analysis

  • Physical threat vulnerability 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 Career tool to apply for a position are also available.