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National Security Internship Program (NSIP)

Competitive Features of National Security Internship Program

The National Security Internship Program's goal is to identify ambitious and high caliber undergraduate and graduate students to take part in a unique opportunity of working at a cutting-edge national research and development laboratory; and to develop talented, creative researchers - the national security experts of tomorrow - who will augment the Laboratory's capabilities in key areas that align in national security related science.

This program offers a chance to engage in hands-on learning and participate in a research experience with an assigned mentor and to interact with other research staff at the top of their field.

Interns will participate in the NSIP Research Symposium that will fall within the appointment period.  This event provides them the opportunity to network and showcase their research experience.

Professional development is also made throughout the program.  Participants will be given the opportunity to attend PNNL research seminars, tour facilities, take advantage of workshop and seminars, and participate in other group activities with fellow graduate & undergraduate interns.

Interns must be:

  • Enrolled in a minimum of 6 credits per term for undergraduate and/or matriculated & enrolled per term for graduate (not including summer term).
  • In good standing in an undergraduate or graduate program (focused in STEM disciplines) within an accredited college or university.
  • Maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.3 (on a 4.0 scale) or better.
  • Able to work a minimum 10-week summer internship and may be eligible for the option to continue working part-time during the academic year.
  • Recommend a commitment of 40 hours of participation per week.

Post Bachelors Research Associate must:

  • Have received degree within the past two years at an accredited college or university in a field of study based on current postings.
  • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.3 (on a 4.0 scale) or better.
  • Be able to work a minimum of 6 months.
  • Be able to work 40 hours per week.

Electronic applications are accepted during October through February timeframe. The deadline to apply is 11:59:59 pm PST prior to job posting end date.

Undergraduate (Tech Intern)
  • 308425 - National Security Undergraduate Intern (NSIP)
  • 308447 - Undergrad Intern – Signatures Science and Technology (NSIP)
  • 308471 - Undergrad Intern – Operational Systems & Technology (NSIP)
Masters Intern
  • 308426 - National Security Masters Intern (NSIP)
  • 308448 - Masters Intern – Signatures Science and Technology (NSIP)
  • 308472 - Masters Intern – Operational Systems & Technology (NSIP)
PhD Intern
  • 308427 - National Security PhD Intern (NSIP)
  • 308449 - PhD Intern – Signatures Science and Technology (NSIP)
  • 308473 - PhD Intern – Operational Systems & Technology (NSIP)
Post Bachelors RA
  • 308428 - National Security Post Bachelors RA (NSIP)
  • 308451 - Post Bachelors RA – Signatures Science and Technology (NSIP)
  • 308474 - Post Bachelors RA – Operational Systems & Technology (NSIP)
Mobile App Competition
  • 308589 - Undergrad Intern – Innovative Chemical-Biological Threat Reduction Mobile App Competition (NSIP)
  • 308590 - Masters Intern – Innovative Chemical-Biological Threat Reduction Mobile App Competition (NSIP)
  • 308591 - PhD Intern – Innovative Chemical-Biological Threat Reduction Mobile App Competition (NSIP)

To apply you must complete all sections and when prompted to "Upload Resume" you must bundle all the documents listed below into one-single PDF for upload (our system will only accept one file).

Your one-single PDF document needs to include:

  1. Resume or CV
  2. Unofficial transcript for all current and past degrees
  3. 300-word essay - see specific job posting/requisition for the topic

If any one of the 3 components are not included and/or not uploaded in one-single PDF file, your application will be rejected and will no longer be considered.

Once you have submitted your application, the system will not allow you to make edits.  You will need to create a new applicant profile and will have to apply again.

You must submit a separate application for each position you want to apply for.

  • A competitive weekly paid internship in the National Security Directorate at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory
  • Round-trip travel reimbursement (up to government-permitted amounts) for those interns living more than 50 miles from PNNL
  • Professional Development and Enrichment Activities
  • Participate in NSIP Research Symposium
  • Collaboration and Networking Opportunities

Marisela Linares-Mendoza

Shauna Rodriguez