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Intern - Cyber & Risk Analysis R&D Undergrad Summer

Livermore, CA 94550
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We are seeking anIntern - Cyber & Risk Analysis R&D Undergrad Summer

As a Cyber & Risk Analysis Intern working in Sandia's Systems Research & Analysis Department, you have a strong interest in cybersecurity, risk, and critical infrastructure security problems. You will work with a team of researchers that takes a broad systems perspective to informing strategies, priorities, and requirements for technology solutions. As part of our multidisciplinary team of systems analysts, you will help conduct studies to provide decision insight to customers in ill-defined or complex multi-domain problem areas. You will apply critical thinking using a diversity of technical skills and expertise, and help to effectively communicate options, insights, and trade-offs to customers in a concise way that enables action.

This may involve analyzing data sets, historical cyber-attack case studies, and informing risk analytic methodology development. Familiarity with cyber security concepts or risk analysis approaches is useful but not required.

On any given day, you may be called on to:

+ Contribute to projects and analysis teams
+ Summarize and analyze open source reporting on cyber security incidents
+ Develop models to better understand consequences from attacks
+ Develop visualizations of data and concepts to communicate results
+ Work with customers to understand needs and propose solutions
+ Present results as appropriate at open conferences or internal meetings


You bring the confidence and skills to be eligible for the job by meeting these minimum requirements:

+ Currently attending and enrolled full time (or scheduled to graduate in the spring) 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 40 hours per week during the summer
+ U.S. citizenship

Note: If you have not yet started your undergraduate program, please apply to a high school intern position.


+ Interest in cybersecurity vulnerabilities, cyber risk, and associated policies (Federal, State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial levels)
+ Experience in conducting literature reviews and/or technical document reviews
+ Willingness to participate in debate and discussion about key project questions or issues
+ Interest in the following

- clearly communicating complex cyber and risk assessment topics to people with limited cyber expertise
- conducting analyses and reporting insights, recommendations, and other findings
- visualization of data and analysisInterest and/or experience reviewing mission functions for Critical Infrastructure and Key Resources (CIKR) sectors and their associated documentation
+ Interest and/or experience performing open source research into CIKR sector critical functions
+ Interest and/or experience researching CIKR failure consequences
+ Interest in database/catalog development
+ Experience in risk assessment, risk methods, and decision analysis
+ Evidence of professional service and leadership to the community, such as service on program committees, workshop organization, and/or editorial or review work.
+ A proven ability to frame and tackle complex and/or ill-defined multidisciplinary problems

Department Description:

The 8714 Systems Research & Analysis Team is part of a four department System Analysis and Engineering Group in the Sandia/California DHS & Defense Systems Center. We provide national leaders with reliable, unbiased and comprehensive information on viable engineering and strategy options, and on the effectiveness, risks, benefits, and potential unintended consequences of those options. We are a multidisciplinary group with a strong science and engineering emphasis, skilled at applying a broad systems perspective to national and global security challenges. Work in 8710 is focused on a broad range of topics in national security including nuclear weapons, homeland security, and transportation energy. Homeland security work includes analyses, simulations, and prototype technology deployments which address defense against biological, nuclear, chemical, and radiological terrorism; and emerging cybersecurity threats. Nuclear weapons work includes stockpile studies, surety systems analysis, cost estimation, and future stockpile planning. Projects range from months to years in duration, with teams forming in dynamic collaborations across the Group and with organizations throughout the laboratory to draw upon world-class technical expertise.

About Sandia:

Sandia National Laboratories is the nations 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 withamazingimpact 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,strongmedical 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: http://www.sandia.gov

*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.

Members of the workforce (MOWs) hired at Sandia who require uncleared access for greater than 179 days during their employment, are required to go through the Uncleared Personal Identity Verification (UPIV) process. Access includes physical and/or cyber (logical) access, as well as remote access to any NNSA information technology (IT) systems. UPIV requirements are not applicable to individuals who require a DOE personnel security clearance for the performance of their SNL employment or to foreign nationals. The UPIV process will include the completion of a USAccess Enrollment, SF-85 (Questionnaire for Non-Sensitive Positions) and OF-306 (Declaration of for Federal Employment). An unfavorable UPIV determination will result in immediate retrieval of the SNL issued badge, removal of cyber (logical) access and/or removal from SNL subcontract. All MOWs may appeal the unfavorable UPIV determination to DOE/NNSA immediately. If the appeal is unsuccessful, the MOW may try to go through the UPIV process one year after the decision date.

EEO Statement:

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status and any other protected class under state or federal law.


Posted: 2020-02-07 Expires: 2020-03-09

 World-changing technologies. Life-changing careers.

National security is our business. We apply science to help detect, repel, defeat, or mitigate threats.

For more than 60 years, Sandia has delivered essential science and technology to resolve the nation's most challenging security issues.

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