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Intern - Water Power Technologies - Graduate Year-Round

🚀 Summer Internship


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  • You must be a graduate student in STEM with a minimum 3.0 GPA, able to work up to 30-40 hours weekly, legally work in the US, be experienced in marine hydrokinetic devices, and have skills in MDO, numerical hydrodynamics, software like Matlab and Solidworks, and team collaboration.
  • You will work with a team to conduct computer simulations, validate data, and effectively communicate research results in the field of Water Power Technologies.

Summer Internship



  • We are seeking a Year Round, R&D Graduate Student Intern.
  • An ideal candidate will utilize basic principles of physics and engineering to research marine hydrokinetic (MHK) devices; both Wave Energy Converters (WECs) and Current Energy Converters (CECs), such as tidal and river turbines, are currently studied at SNL. The major research areas we are currently involved in are: WEC design, modeling, testing and control, environmental assessment of large scale arrays (WECs and CECs), wave energy resource assessment, nearshore wave and circulation modeling improvements, the development of WEC power performance models, offshore wind platform development, and specialized component models (i.e. mooring, power take off, computational fluid dynamics, materials, etc.) for both WECs and CECs. Students with relevant experience in modeling and simulation or other renewable energy technologies will also be considered.


  • You bring the confidence and skills to be eligible for the job by meeting these minimum requirements:
  • Earned bachelor's degree
  • Currently attending and enrolled full time in an accredited science, engineering, or math graduate program
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0/4.0
  • Ability to work up to 30 hours per week during the academic year, and up to 40 hours per week during the summer
  • Ability to independently obtain authorization to work lawfully in the US for Sandia National Laboratories. Sandia will not sponsor work authorization for this position.
  • Qualifications we desire:
  • Currently enrolled in a graduate school program full-time in the United States in a discipline that may include Math, Physics, Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Ocean Engineering, Naval Architecture or similar STEM program.
  • Have an interest in alternative energy and marine hydrokinetic devices specifically.
  • Flexible to take on new challenges in subsystem and system design.
  • Have experience in differentiable framework for multidisciplinary Design Optimization (MDO), differentiable numerical hydrodynamics methods and/or systems framework to assess economic, environmental and social impacts of wave energy.
  • Have experience with software that may include Matlab, Simulink, Python and/or Design packages including Solidworks or related packages and/or experience with Statistical modeling, Data Science at Scale and Mathematical Modeling.
  • Ability to work in a team environment.

Education requirements

Currently Studying

Area of Responsibilities



  • Work alongside team members including interns and senior engineers;
  • Conduct and validate computer simulations/modeling codes with field/experimental data
  • Communicate research results effectively through written, oral, and other creative media methods to appropriate partner


Work type

Full time

Work mode





  • Worklife Balance
  • Flexible Work Schedules
  • Generous Paid Time Off
  • Exceptional 401K Savings Plan
  • Medical/Dental/Vision Insurance
  • Wellness Programs
  • On-site Amenities
  • Vacation Buy Plan
  • Telecommuting Arrangements*

*with management approval