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Intern - Engineering Sciences Summer Institute (ESSI) R&D Undergraduate Summer

🚀 Summer Internship

Los Angeles

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Summer Internship

Research & Development, Science•Los Angeles


  • We are seeking Undergraduate Student Interns for Sandia-CA’s Engineering Sciences Summer Institute (ESSI).
  • Sandia has established the Engineering Sciences Summer Institute (ESSI) to engage undergraduate engineering students in cutting-edge research and development of capabilities for predictive simulation, multidisciplinary fusion of core engineering disciplines with phenomenological understanding, and computer modeling and simulation.


  • You bring the confidence and skills to be eligible for the job by meeting these minimum requirements:
  • Currently attending and enrolled full time in the spring term immediately preceding the internship (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. citizen, asylee, refugee, or lawful permanent resident of the U.S.
  • Note: If you have not yet started your undergraduate program, please apply to a high school intern position.
  • Experience or coursework in statistics, dynamics, strength of materials, fluid dynamics, heat transfer, continuum mechanics, and numerical analysis or equivalent
  • Areas of study/majors include: Mechanical Engineering, Engineering Mechanics, Civil Engineering, Materials Science, Aeronautical Engineering, Computer Science, and Applied Mathematics
  • Good communication skills (oral, written, and listening)
  • Demonstrated ability to work well both independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to commit to participating in a 10-week internship at Sandia
  • Experience with general-purpose finite difference, finite element, or finite volume codes, atomistic simulation codes, or experimental mechanics.
  • Familiarity with UNIX/Linux operating systems, high power computing systems, programming languages (e.g. Fortran, C, C++), and code development.

Education requirements

Currently Studying

Area of Responsibilities

Research & Development


  • As an ESSI intern, you will perform research, development, and analysis in engineering mechanics. Typical projects are in the areas of
  • Heat and energy transport,
  • Fluid dynamics,
  • Structural dynamics,
  • Solid mechanics,
  • Mechanics of materials.
  • Core activities within the institute encompass the full spectrum of experimental discovery and validation, model development, code development, and engineering analyses at scales from atomic to continuum. Our work strongly couples both experimental and theoretical approaches to provide innovative and robust solutions. You will work closely with Sandia technical staff to develop a summer project of mutual interest and to learn more about Sandia’s mission space and opportunities.


Work type

Full time

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Los Angeles