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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Masters Intern - Emerging Threats & Technologies (NSIP) in Des Moines, Iowa


Protecting U.S. residents and visitors is among our nation’s highest priorities. As adversaries gain access to sophisticated technologies and materials, the threats grow more dynamic and complex—from cyber and nuclear to chemical and biological weapons of mass effect and other forms of terrorism. The PNNL national security mission employs our researchers, tools, and technologies to play a key role in advancing the ability to identify and secure nuclear materials, detect weapons of mass effect, manage nonproliferation treaties, secure our nation's borders, and protect critical infrastructures. PNNL’s scientific discovery and capabilities—rooted in innovative theory, methods, algorithms, and tools—are enabling stronger, more resilient technologies and systems to safeguard national security. Coupled with decades of radiological and nuclear materials expertise, advanced computing and threat analysis capabilities, and a broad fundamental science base, we are identifying and countering emerging threats that have significant impact at home and around the globe.


PNNL is seeking interns for assignments within the National Security Internship Program (NSIP). The Emerging Threats & Technologies Division is looking for individuals who have a passion for solving critical national challenges using advanced techniques. The intern will be given an opportunity to be presented with complex problems in national security, energy, and science; apply cutting-edge research to make our nation safer and stronger.

Positions are available in Richland, WA and Seattle, WA, based on business need. Positions may also be performed remotely or on campus at PNNL based on business need.

Diverse Focus Areas: Your internship can be in one of eight technical groups. Cyber Analysis and Analytics, Cyber Resilience Foundations, Cyber Risk Reduction, Global Research Analysis, Global Security Technology and Policy, Security Operations, Secure Systems Optimization, or Mission Alignment.

Cyber Analysis and Analytics

Providing critical analysis, analytics, and insights to enhance situational awareness and widen the aperture of threat awareness to high-consequence systems on a national scale. Deploying sensors and other technologies to characterize our nation’s critical infrastructure and networks, assimilating and processing data in near real-time to identify anomalies, latent and emerging threats. Developing and deploying novel, first-of-its-kind information tools and algorithms to analyze diverse data and access previously unattainable information, providing international impact and streamlining previously labor-intensive workflows.

  • Disciplines: Data Analysis, Cyber Security

Cyber Resilience Foundations

Providing mission-driven cybersecurity research and development to enable data-driven and mathematically sound characterization and predictive understanding of cyber-physical systems under adverse conditions. Developing detection and mitigation tools for control systems to provide cyber threat intelligence to U.S. critical infrastructures.

  • Disciplines: Cyber Security Research, Cyber Security Engineering, IT/OT, Software Development, Network Architecture

Cyber Risk Reduction

Stewarding cybersecurity research and development for evaluation, assessment, identification, and system support. Working with system owners and operators to identify risks and possible weaknesses and to mitigate and respond to cyber threats more efficiently and effectively. Equipping decision makers and frontline cybersecurity professionals with the tools and research necessary to evaluate how new technologies will affect the balance of confidentiality, integrity, and availability of their systems.

  • Disciplines: Cyber Security Engineering, System and Network Administration

Global Research Analysis

Providing international technology assessments, cybersecurity, and research and development solutions related to ensuring the continued peaceful use of new technology while detecting, preventing, and countering proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. Reaching across PNNL to gather, analyze, and evaluate information from a variety of sources to determine a recommended course of action. Integrating diverse scientific, engineering, and analysis expertise to identify and solve complex problems that have a broad impact on PNNL and the nation.

  • Disciplines: Nuclear Engineering, Physics, Cyber Security

Global Security Technology and Policy

Examining the dynamic challenges that sit at the nexus of law, policy, economics, trade, and technology to lead high-impact programs and drive meaningful change worldwide. Applying core competencies in national security law and policy analysis, international capacity building, stakeholder engagement, data analysis, and technology integration to support decision makers operating across the chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and cyber domains.

  • Disciplines: International Law and Policies

Security Systems Optimization

Keeping PNNL’s environment secure while evolving with new technological advances. Maintaining proficiency in security disciplines such that information is properly controlled, transmitted, safeguarded, or destroyed. Anticipating, monitoring, evaluating, and scaling strategic direction in response to evolving sponsor and mission needs. Providing programmatic and operational oversight of PNNL’s secure operations.

  • Disciplines: Cybersecurity, IT Operations, Cloud

Mission Alignment

Bringing together senior technical and strategic advisors as a division-level advisory body to help tune and execute strategy through dedicated leadership. Working across the division’s capability areas to capture emerging programmatic opportunities, coach and mentor staff on strategy and business development, support the development and execution of division strategy, and develop strategic new sponsor relationships.

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To have a complete application package, the three (3) listed items below are required and must be uploaded correctly per the steps below:

Step 1: Upload Resume or CV in “Resume” section only (note: if applying to multiple positions, the resume uploaded will be the resume used for all positions an applicant applies towards)

Step 2: Combine the two (2) below requested documents into one (1) PDF document and name this file ETT - Summer NSIP. This combined document must be uploaded into the “Additional Documents” section.

1) Current unofficial transcript, cumulative GPA must be listed

2) 300-word essay describing how your specific interests pertain to one of the focus areas listed above, such as personal projects, hobbies outside of class, or any other activity to help you gain extra experience in your field beyond textbook knowledge.

If any one of the 3 components are not uploaded per the instructions listed, applications will be rejected and will no longer be considered. Electronic applications will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. (PST) on the posting close date.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Candidates must be matriculated/enrolled in a Master's program at an accredited college or university.

  • Minimum GPA of 3.30 is required.

Hazardous Working Conditions/Environment

Not applicable.

Additional Information

Candidates must be able to obtain and maintain a future security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship.

Due to business needs and client space, US Citizenship is required.

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory is subject to the Department of Energy Unclassified Foreign Visits & Assignments Program site, information, technologies, and equipment access requirements.

Testing Designated Position

This is not a Testing Designated Position (TDP).

About PNNL

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is a world-class research institution powered by a highly educated, diverse workforce committed to the values of Integrity, Creativity, Collaboration, Impact, and Courage. Every year, scores of dynamic, driven people come to PNNL to work with renowned researchers on meaningful science, innovations and outcomes for the U.S. Department of Energy and other sponsors; here is your chance to be one of them!

At PNNL, you will find an exciting research environment and excellent benefits including health insurance, flexible work schedules and telework options. PNNL is located in eastern Washington State—the dry side of Washington known for its stellar outdoor recreation and affordable cost of living. The Lab’s campus is only a 45-minute flight (or 3 hour drive) from Seattle or Portland, and is serviced by the convenient PSC airport, connected to 8 major hubs.

Commitment to Excellence, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Equal Employment Opportunity

Our laboratory is committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment dedicated to solving critical challenges in fundamental sciences, national security, and energy resiliency. We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. In support of this commitment, we encourage people of all racial/ethnic identities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply for employment.

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory considers all applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity), national origin, age, disability, genetic information (including family medical history), protected veteran status, and any other status or characteristic protected by federal, state, and/or local laws.

We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application procedures and in employment. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, contact us at .

Drug Free Workplace

PNNL is committed to a drug-free workplace supported by Workplace Substance Abuse Program (WSAP) and complies with federal laws prohibiting the possession and use of illegal drugs.

Mandatory Requirements

Battelle requires employees to have a COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment, subject to accommodation. Applicants are required to disclose their vaccination status following a conditional offer of employment and must attest to being fully vaccinated with a Center for Disease Control (CDC)-approved COVID-19 vaccination, or provide documentation of need for medical or religious exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement.

Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from having any affiliation with the foreign government of a country DOE has identified as a “country of risk” without explicit approval by DOE and Battelle. If you are offered a position at PNNL and currently have any affiliation with the government of one of these countries you will be required to disclose this information and recuse yourself of that affiliation or receive approval from DOE and Battelle prior to your first day of employment.

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