Intern- Inertial Systems And Avionics R&D Undergraduate Summer

Sandia Corporation Albuquerque , NM 87101

Posted 3 months ago

What Your Job Will Be Like

We are seeking an Intern Summer - R&D Undergrad to assist staff members in developing real-time embedded processing of systems. You will work alongside world-class authorities and emerging leaders within our center.

On any given day, you may be called on to:

  • Design, develop, and build real-time embedded sensing systems

  • Develop and debug device driver software needed to interface processors to sensors

  • Record data from sensors on various host vehicle platforms

  • Process and analyze data from sensors

  • Create and run computer simulations

  • Test and/or collect field data

  • Write and present reports

Qualifications We Require

You bring the confidence and skills to be eligible for the job by meeting these minimum requirements:

  • Currently attending and enrolled full time (or scheduled to graduate in the spring) in an accredited undergraduate program

  • Pursuing a science, engineering, or math major

  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0/4.0

  • Ability to work up to 40 hours per week during the summer

  • U.S. citizenship

Note: If you have not yet started your undergraduate program, please apply to a high school intern position.

Additional Requirements:

  • Academic senior, or junior undergraduate studying Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering or related field

Qualifications We Desire

  • Proficiency in at least one of the following: C, C++, Python, or a closely related language

  • Knowledge and/or experience using FPGAs, embedded processors, SOCs, and inertial sensors

  • Digital electronic design

  • Willingness to learn the design and manufacture of PCBs

  • Experience with VHDL or Verilog

  • Good written and verbal communication skills

  • Excellent academic standing

  • Desire to pursue education in engineering beyond undergraduate studies

  • Willingness to work outdoors, alongside engineers on field testing and data collection

  • Ability to work as part of a multi-disciplinary team

About Our Team

The Inertial Systems and Avionics (5325) develops and delivers innovative computing solutions for Navigation Systems, Specialized Radars, Missile Systems, & Communications systems along with traditional weapon applications that require high reliability and high performance. In the Navigation mission and Radar areas, the department specializes in reconfigurable digital signal processing utilizing leading edge FPGA technology, general purpose microprocessors, high density memories, high speed serial communication devices along with custom ASIC devices all specifically designed to support the space environment. We also work with various Navigation technologies such as Inertial Measurement Units, Gyroscopes, Global Positioning Systems, and Accelerometers.

In the weapons area, the department is responsible for the design and development of ruggedized flight computers used for navigation. Product development includes architecture, design and thorough testing of subsystem level components along with supporting higher level system integration.

About Sandia

Sandia National Laboratories is the nation's premier science and engineering lab for national security and technology innovation, with teams of specialists focused on cutting-edge work in a broad array of areas. Some of the main reasons we love our jobs:

  • Challenging work with amazing impact that contributes to security, peace, and freedom worldwide

  • Extraordinary co-workers

  • Some of the best tools, equipment, and research facilities in the world

  • Career advancement and enrichment opportunities

  • Flexible schedules, generous vacations, strong medical and other benefits, competitive 401k, learning opportunities, relocation assistance and amenities aimed at creating a solid work/life balance*

World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers. Learn more about Sandia at:

  • These benefits vary by job classification.

Security Clearance

This position does not currently require a Department of Energy (DOE) security clearance.

Sandia will conduct a pre-employment drug test and background review that includes checks of personal references, credit, law enforcement records, and employment/education verifications. Furthermore, employees in New Mexico need to pass a U.S. Air Force background screen for access to Kirtland Air Force Base. Substance abuse or illegal drug use, falsification of information, criminal activity, serious misconduct or other indicators of untrustworthiness can cause access to be denied or terminated, resulting in the inability to perform the duties assigned and subsequent termination of employment.

If hired without a clearance and it subsequently becomes necessary to obtain and maintain one for the position, or you bid on positions that require a clearance, a pre-processing background review may be conducted prior to a required federal background investigation. Applicants for a DOE security clearance need to be U.S. citizens. If you hold more than one citizenship (i.e., of the U.S. and another country), your ability to obtain a security clearance may be impacted.

Members of the workforce (MOWs) hired at Sandia who require uncleared access for greater than 179 days during their employment, are required to go through the Uncleared Personal Identity Verification (UPIV) process. Access includes physical and/or cyber (logical) access, as well as remote access to any NNSA information technology (IT) systems. UPIV requirements are not applicable to individuals who require a DOE personnel security clearance for the performance of their SNL employment or to foreign nationals. The UPIV process will include the completion of a USAccess Enrollment, SF-85 (Questionnaire for Non-Sensitive Positions) and OF-306 (Declaration of for Federal Employment). An unfavorable UPIV determination will result in immediate retrieval of the SNL issued badge, removal of cyber (logical) access and/or removal from SNL subcontract. All MOWs may appeal the unfavorable UPIV determination to DOE/NNSA immediately. If the appeal is unsuccessful, the MOW may try to go through the UPIV process one year after the decision date.


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status and any other protected class under state or federal law.

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