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

Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 308589

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 Mobile App Competition Internship.

PNNL will host a mobile application (app) development competition to foster novel and creative approaches for countering biological and chemical weapons of mass destruction (CWMD). Intern teams will be responsible for identifying the target user and usage scenarios, as well as design and develop the application. Interns will be encouraged to leverage and adapt existing algorithms, models, tools, and other methods to support the analytic needs of the target users. Over the course of the 10-week program, each intern team will develop and produce a fully functional, tactical decision support aid, Android application. The experience will include mentorship from various field-related experts along with networking and 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.

PNNL will organize, provide support, and guidance for a solid design and implementation process. Teams will be chosen to contain a suitable representation of experience, including software engineering, human-computer interaction, data science, epidemiology, and mathematical modeling and simulation. Additionally, interns will exhibit a strong desire to work collaboratively in a team, think creatively, and effectively communicate and present their ideas.

Position will be located in Richland, WA.


Must complete all sections.

When asked to upload your resume to your application, you need to upload one (1) PDF file that includes the following:

  1. Current resume or CV

  2. Unofficial transcripts for all current and past degrees

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


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

Some information on previous competitions can be found here:










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 3.3.

Candidates must be enrolled as a Senior status.

U.S. citizenship is required.

Preferred Qualifications

Android application development

Software engineering / computer science

Data science

Epidemiology / Biostatistics

User Experience Design

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

Must be available during the full 10-week duration between mid-June through mid-August (exact start and end dates will be provided during interview).

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: Undergraduate Internships

Group: Data Sciences & Analytics

Opening Date: 2018-11-15

Closing Date: 2019-03-31