Intern - Biosciences R&D Undergrad Year Round

Sandia National Laboratories - Livermore, CA4.2

Full-time | Part-timeEstimated: $54,000 - $77,000 a year
What Your Job Will Be Like

We are seeking an Intern - Biosciences R&D Undergrad Year Round

You are a highly motivated undergraduate student who is interested in a career in the biosciences. As a biosciences intern, you will have the opportunity to learn laboratory skills and obtain hands-on experience performing cutting-edge scientific research. You will work under direct supervision of a Sandia mentor as part of a team executing funded research projects.

On any given day you will perform basic laboratory work, including:
biochemical assays
mammalian tissue culture
bacterial microbiology
molecular biology

Depending on the project needs and your demonstrated skills, you may conduct advanced methods such as flow cytometry or DNA sequencing. Projects may also offer the opportunity to learn bioinformatics or advanced data analysis skills or to undertake independent research under direct supervision of your mentor.

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 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 25 hours per week during the academic year, and up to 40 hours per week during the summer
U.S. citizenship

Additional Requirements

Undergraduate level coursework in general biology or biochemistry, including laboratory skills
Ability to maintain detailed research records in a notebook and on a computer, as evidenced by successful laboratory course work or research
Demonstrated proficiency in basic laboratory equipment (balances, pH meter, etc
Ability to work at least 20 hours per week during the academic year (not just during school breaks) in the lab at the Sandia campus in Livermore, California
Qualifications We Desire

Undergraduate level coursework in microbiology, bioinformatics, molecular biology, biophysics, cell biology and/or biochemistry
Laboratory experience in the above disciplines. Basic computer programming skills with Python, R, C++, Matlab, or other platforms
Experience with data analysis tools (e.g., Excel) and creating presentations of research results (e.g., Powerpoint)
Ability to follow protocols and a willingness to ask questions whenever necessary
About Our Team

The Systems Biology Department performs biological and bioengineering research with applications in national security, healthcare, and alternative energy. The department is composed of a multidisciplinary team of staff, postdocs, technologists, and students with expertise in microbiology, virology, molecular biology, computational biology, and analytical chemistry. The basic research activities in the department are focused on the identification and characterization of clinical and environmental pathogens, developing a systems-level understanding of host-pathogen interactions, and microbiomes relevant to human health and the environment. Applied research activities are focused on enzyme and microbial engineering for biofuels development, biological detection, and medical diagnostics.

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.


All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or veteran status.