Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Undergraduate Technical Intern - SEA (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 undergraduate students for assignments within the National Security Internship Program (NSIP). The Software Engineering and Architecture group is looking for individuals who have a passion for solving critical national challenges using advanced computational, statistical, and mathematical 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; develop complex computer code; develop and participate in cyber competitions; design new visualization; work with big data and optimize solutions in diverse domains.
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.
AI + ML engineering
Programming & Scripting - APIs, Web, Desktop applications, CI/CD
DevOps & Compute – IoT/ICS, Linux, Containers, Integrated Circuits, edge compute, HPC
Cloud & Data Storage– AWS, Azure, SQL/relational, Postgres, Elasticsearch, MongoDB
ETL & Analytics – Numpy & Pandas, Tensorflow/Keras, Spark
Missing some of these skills or experiences? That’s okay. If you have relevant technical skills, are highly driven, and are very motivated to learn these technologies and tackle these domain problems, let’s talk.
Work with teammates to develop technical skills in rapidly growing software markets
Initiate personal direction and goals, then engage with mentor to build career via networking and technical growth opportunities
Join a team of professional software engineers to build and deliver high-performance, cutting-edge software
Employ skills with a high-level programming language such as Python
Demonstrate outstanding verbal and written communication skills and the ability to work in a collaborative environment
Be passionate and self-motivated with good time management skills
How We Work
Agile development environment – Scrum meetings, standups, demos, and retrospectives
Partners – Work with government, academic, industry, and other partners to solve problems
Team Sizes – Typically around 5-10 members, although projects can be more than 100 or just a few members
Team Compositions – Our teams include cloud engineers, machine learning engineers, data scientists/domain experts, UI/UX designers, front-end developers, scrums masters, product owners, and most importantly, users
Scale – Work with petabyte-scale data at sub-second frequency on edge compute
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*HOW TO APPLY*
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 SEA - 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 technologies listed above, 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.
Candidates must be degree-seeking undergraduate students enrolled at an accredited college or university.
Candidates must be taking at least 6 credit hours and have an overall cumulative GPA of 3.3.
Preferred Degree Programs:
Computer engineering / computer scienceData science
Other related fields
Hazardous Working Conditions/Environment
Candidate must have the ability to obtain and maintain a future security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship.
Testing Designated Position
This is not a Testing Designated Position.
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.
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