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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Masters Intern - Innovative Chemical-Biological Threat Reduction App Competition Internship (NSIP) in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 311443

Directorate: National Security

Division: Computing & Analytics

Group:Data Sciences and Analytics

Job Description

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is seeking ambitious, high caliber candidates for assignments within the National Security Internship Program (NSIP) for an Innovative Chemical-Biological Threat Reduction App Competition.

PNNL is hosting its 8th Annual Summer Chem-Bio Defense Application Development Competition to foster novel and creative approaches for reducing chemical and biological threats. Interdisciplinary teams of interns, comprised of computer scientists, data scientists, and user design students, will work together to identify specific use cases, design, and develop fully functional software applications. Interns will be encouraged to leverage and adapt existing models, tools, and other methods to support the needs of the chemical and biological defense community. Over the course of the 10-week program, interns will gain mentorship from various field-related experts along with exposure to working in a national laboratory environment with governmental sponsors. At the conclusion of the program, a panel of domain experts will judge the intern apps and the winners will be awarded. The competition will be managed to provide both a positive educational experience for the interns as well as a high-quality software product.

If you are looking to make an impact to the real world during your summer internship, this is your opportunity. Interns will have a chance to solve the real-world problems with direct feedback from target users. A selected app will be further developed and deployed for use by the target users.

Some information on previous competitions can be found here:













Positions are located in Richland, WA with the competition beginning on June 8, 2021.

Note: Based on performance and capabilities demonstrated during the summer competition, there may be an opportunity to participate in additional NSD CA Division projects post August 13, 2021.


In order to have a complete application package, the three (3) listed items below are required and must be uploaded correctly per the below instructions:

Combine the below into one (1) PDF document

  1. Current resume or CV

  2. Current unofficial transcripts, cumulative GPA must be listed

  3. A 300-word essay describing your prior work, and how you see your skills fitting within the Innovative Chemical-Biological Threat Reduction App Competition.

When prompted to “Upload Resume” all documents listed above must be bundled into ONE-SINGLE PDF for resume upload.

If any one of the 3 components are not included in one-single PDF file, applications will be rejected and will no longer be considered. Electronic applications will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. (PST) on posting close date.

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must be matriculated/enrolled in a Master's program at an accredited college or university. Minimum GPA of 3.3 is required.

Candidates must have the ability to obtain a future security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship.

Preferred Qualifications

Software engineering / computer science

(Virtual Reality, web-based or mobile application experience)

Human-Computer interaction / User Experience Design

Data science / Statistics / Machine Learning

Preferred Education

Currently enrolled in a program in: computer science, software engineering, data science, statistics, user experience design, HCI, or related fields.

Must be available during the full duration of the time period between June 8, 2021 through August 13, 2021.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Battelle Memorial Institute (BMI) at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital or family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. All BMI staff must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States. BMI is an E-Verify employer. Learn more at

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.

Directorate: National Security

Job Category: Master's and PhD Level Internships

Group: Data Sciences & Analytics

Opening Date: 2020-12-07

Closing Date: 2021-02-26