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Are You Ready For a Challenge?

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is seeking ambitious, high-caliber undergraduate or graduate-level college students for intern assignments within the National Security Internship Program. Potential applicants should be pursuing a course of study focused on disciplines such as:

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  • Nuclear Engineering
  • Nuclear Science
  • Material Science
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Math
  • Biology
  • Related science and engineering fields

The world is a rapidly changing place. Ideas once thought to be "science fiction" are becoming reality. As quickly as nations solve problems, new challenges emerge. In this atmosphere of momentous change, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory's National Security Internship Program is identifying and developing talented individuals for exciting assignments of the future. The United States' growing emphasis in national security disciplines is creating outstanding career opportunities in fields that include:

  • Arms Control and Treaty Verification
  • Cyber Security
  • Global Security
  • Homeland Security
  • Critical Infrastructure Protection and Analysis
  • Nuclear Stockpile Safeguards and Security
  • Nuclear and Safeguard Technologies
  • International Border Protection

Our Internship Program

The National Security Internship Program (NSIP) offers academically superior undergraduate and graduate students the chance to take part in national security-related science.

In addition to serving students, NSIP benefits PNNL and the nation by developing talented, creative researchers—the national security experts of tomorrow—who will augment the Laboratory's capabilities in key areas that include nuclear science, electrical engineering, computer science, physics and chemistry.


We are seeking students who are admitted in active status and in good standing in an undergraduate or graduate program within an accredited college or university. A minimum grade point average of 3.3 (out of 4.0) or better, or proven ability to contribute to PNNL projects, is desired. The prospective intern's course of study should be focused in disciplines outlined above. Up to 30 students will be selected to participate in NSIP annually. Intern assignment lengths are 10 weeks minimum for a summer internship—with the option to continue working part-time during the academic year. Internships are renewable, subject to satisfactory academic and research performance. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply for NSIP assignments. All Applicants must be able to obtain a future security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship.

The Benefits

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In addition to the unique opportunity of working at a cutting-edge national research and development laboratory, successful applicants will receive a competitive salary and, potentially, tuition reimbursement. Tuition reimbursement will be awarded upon completion and evaluation of the intern's summer assignment with the Laboratory.

Perhaps the most appealing benefit of NSIP is the opportunity to pursue an exciting career—in an innovative atmosphere of discovery.

Students interested in applying for positions can apply online through the TRACKS listed in the right column. If you are eligible, you can apply to more than one position and you can apply to any or all of the TRACKS. Each TRACK has its own application page and position links. Candidates must apply to each in order to be considered for a TRACK in that area.

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