Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Masters Intern - Operational Systems & Technology (NSIP) in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 308472

Directorate: National Security

Division: Operational Systems & Technology

Job Description

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is seeking graduate students for assignments within the National Security Internship Program (NSIP).

Do you want to be challenged with hard problems in national security, energy, or science, and apply cutting-edge research to making our nation safer and stronger? Do designing, defining, and operationalizing technologies and approaches in response to complex national security problems sound exciting? Do you want to work side by side with world class sciences and engineers, and to contribute your ideas to the answers to these questions?

If you answered yes to any of these things, we want your application for an internship in the Operational Systems & Technology Division. We are looking for smart, creative and motivated students with a passion for solving complex problems, identifying solution options, and determining how solutions can be made operational for resolving national security challenges.

Positions are available in Richland, WA and Seattle, WA based upon business need.

Diverse Focus Areas:

  1. Global Security Technology & Policy: We work in the interface between science, technology and policy to bring solutions to the global security mission.

Disciplines of interest: Technical and Policy Analysis, Chem and Bio, Nonproliferation, Mechanical Engineering, Nuclear Engineering, Physics and the policy implications in those spaces, data analytics and security policy.

  1. Security Systems Optimization: Our focus is on critical asset protection through integrated risk analysis, optimization of security operations, and specialized training.

Disciplines of interest: Cyber Security, Chemical, Biological, Radiological or Nuclear Security, Physical Security, or Security Systems

  1. Advanced Engineered Systems: We design and deliver fieldable solutions into operational environments.

Disciplines of interest: Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Software Engineering/Development, Embedded Systems Engineering, Data Acquisition Systems, IOT Security

  1. Operational Readiness and Assurance: Our mission is to assure the readiness, sustainability and resilience of critical national security operations and infrastructure.

Disciplines of interest: Power Systems Engineering, Civil, Mechanical or Electrical Engineering, Math and/or physics, Radiation detection instrumentation, health physics/nuclear sciences with specific experience in instrument testing, operation and maintenance, procedure development and troubleshooting.

  1. Technology Systems Integration: We lead, manage and execute domestic and international projects involving the deployment of complex technical systems.

Disciplines of interest: Systems Engineering, Project Management, Business Operations


Must complete all sections.

When prompted to "Upload Resume" all documents listed below must be bundled into ONE-SINGLE PDF for upload:

  1. Current resume or CV.

  2. Unofficial transcripts for all current and past degrees.

  3. A 300 word essay describing how your specific skills and interests pertain to one of the focus areas above, and why you should be selected for an internship.

If any one of the 3 components are not included and/or not uploaded in one-single PDF file, application will be rejected and will no longer be considered.

Electronic applications are accepted during October through February time-frame. The deadline to apply is 11:59:59 pm PST on closing 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.

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

Directorate: National Security Dir

Job Category: Master's and PhD Level Internships

Group: NGSI Team

Opening Date: 2018-10-16

Closing Date: 2019-02-16