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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Tech Student - Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) Internship for Diversity (DID) in RICHLAND, Washington

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 311434

Directorate: National Security

Division: Opertional Systems & Technology

Group:National Security Professional Leadership

Job Description

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is seeking ambitious, high-caliber students for assignments within the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) Internship for Diversity (DID), administered by PNNL. The DID internship is a partnership between PNNL, Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI), and other Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) that provides research-based experience for students who are traditionally underrepresented in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) majoring in both STEM and non-STEM focused fields.

Are you an undergraduate student attending a MSI excited about engaging in tackling hard problems in national security, energy or science, and applying cutting-edge research to making our nation safer and stronger? Does designing, defining and operationalizing technologies and approaches that respond to complex national security problems sound exciting? Would you like to work with world class scientists, engineers, and program specialists to contribute your ideas in the response to those challenges?

If you answered yes to these things, we want your application for DID. 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, who are interested in careers in national security. Students of all backgrounds and experiences are encouraged to apply.

These positions will be for 8-12 weeks during the summer 2021, are available primarily in Richland, WA but could also be conducted remotely from each individual student’s location.


In order to have a complete application package, when asked to upload your resume, the three (3) listed items below are required and must be uploaded correctly. Upload one (1) PDF file that includes the following:

  1. Current resume or CV.

  2. Current unofficial transcripts, cumulative GPA must be listed.

  3. A 300-word essay describing 1) how your specific skills and interests pertain to one of the focus areas noted in Preferred Qualifications section, 2) how you would contribute to the diversity of our programs, and 3) why you should be selected for an internship.

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

If any 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 will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. (PST) on the posting close date.

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must be degree-seeking students enrolled at an accredited college or university. Candidates must be taking at least 6 credit hours and have an overall GPA of 2.7.

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

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred candidates will be pursuing undergraduate degrees at an MSI in one of the following focus areas:

Cyber/Computer Science: Disciplines of interest: computer engineering, the principles and applications of cyber security, and computer science focusing on secure systems.

Analytics: Disciplines of interest: political science, public policy and international relations, criminal justice, and policy analysis.

Nuclear: Disciplines of interest: radiochemistry, actinide chemistry, nuclear or chemical engineering, electrical or mechanical engineering and material sciences.

Concept and Application Evaluation: Disciplines of interest: Physics, mathematics and statistics quantitatively evaluation and assessment.

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: Undergraduate Internships

Group: Nat'l Security Prof Leadership

Opening Date: 2020-12-08

Closing Date: 2021-03-31