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Intern - Renewable and Distributed Systems Integration (RDSI) R&D Undergraduate Year-Round

Albuquerque, NM 87102
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We are seeking a Intern Year Round - R&D Undergrad GIS (Geographic Information Systems) Analyst to assist researchers in accessing, manipulating, and curating spatial data for high-impact research projects focused on improving the resilience of the electrical grid and society. Primary duties include:

+ Accessing spatial infrastructure data from several online and internal sources
+ Curating this data so that changes can be tracked efficiently
+ Understanding data provenance to inform the project team how the data may be useful
+ Manipulating and aggregating spatial data that fits the needs of various modeling capabilities at Sandia
+ Designing and developing digital maps based on analysis from various project teams

On a given day, your job will consist of:

+ Analyzing spatial data through the use of the ESRI ArcGIS tool suite and other tools
+ Discovering and displaying patterns and trends through spatial mapping of data
+ Managing and curating geodatabases for multiple projects
+ Researching data provenance to understand how certain datasets were developed and what types of insight they can provide
+ Designing digital maps with geographic data and other data sources for reporting and presentations
+ Joining, intersecting, and otherwise manipulating a combination of geographic data and tabular data based on the needs of analysis and development projects
+ Georeferencing: converting physical maps or pdf maps into shapefiles
+ Interacting with and supporting a project team that is developing computer applications using spatial data
+ Gaining new knowledge about resilience, electrical power systems, and socio-economic behavior during extreme events


This posting will be open for application submissions for a minimum of seven (7) calendar days, including the posting date. Sandia reserves the right to extend the posting date at any time.


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

+ Currently attending and enrolled full time 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 25 hours per week during the academic year, and up to 40 hours per week during the summer
+ U.S. citizenship


Ideally, we would like to see your background include some of the following:

+ Moderate proficiency using the ESRI ArcGIS tool suite including:

- Adept proficiency with spatial joins, intersects, buffering, dissolving, and other basic geoprocessing commands
- Ability to edit spatial features and attribute tables
- Basic understanding of data curation techniques and change tracking
+ High level of critical thinking and problem solving skills, including the ability to self-start and self-task within a schedule of weekly project team feedback
+ Advanced proficiency using the ESRI ArcGIS tool suite including:

- Developing interactive mapping applications
- Spatial statistics including kriging and other forms of spatial regression
+ Software engineering and development using Python and JavaScript
+ Interest and working knowledge of concepts focused on grid resilience, sustainability, and advanced grid technology such as:

- Microgrids
- Power electronics
- Advanced distribution system controls
- Advanced power system protection
+ Interest and working knowledge of societal and economic resilience concepts, such as:

- Social cohesion
- Human behavior during disasters
- Social vulnerability
- Economic modeling using input-output and computable general equilibrium techniques

Department Description:

Sandia's Renewable and Distributed Systems Integration (RDSI) department conducts research, development and demonstrations of new components and systems that will enable rapid transition to a grid based on clean and distributed energy resources. The department partners extensively with the U.S. industry and other research institutions to pursue high-value solutions that enhance performance, safety, reliability and resilience of energy systems. We establish the technical foundation for advanced models, analysis methods, controls, standards, cyber-security solutions and power electronics concepts applicable to microgrids and interconnected systems. Much of this work is conducted at Sandia's Distributed Energy Technologies Laboratory (DETL), a world-recognized systems integration research facility for over 40 years. This work is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy. A growing portion of our customer base includes other Sandia departments, including LDRD; members of the U.S. industry; and other U.S. government agencies.

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.



  • Engineering
Posted: 2020-10-12 Expires: 2020-11-22

 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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