College Student Summer Internships
Current full-time technical undergraduates and graduate students—who are familiar with Native American culture and tribal issues—are needed to support projects funded by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Indian Energy Policy and Programs. As student interns, they'll assist a cross-disciplinary team to perform specific technical tasks in the field and at Sandia National Laboratories.
Interns will interact with Sandia's renewable energy staff, Native American tribes interested in renewable systems, and Sandia's American Indian Outreach Committee. The program offers interns the opportunity for instant immersion in project planning and development activities working directly with experienced, internationally recognized energy experts. The work requires travel, including field visits to renewable energy project sites.
Current full-time technical undergraduate students with a minimum GPA of 3.2 and graduate students with a minimum GPA of 3.5 are eligible to apply. Applicants must be U.S. citizens, and Sandia National Laboratories will give preference to American Indian applicants who are members of a federally recognized Tribe, Alaska Native village, or Alaska Corporation (excludes state-recognized tribes; bands or groups; and first peoples of Guam or Hawaii). Specific interest in renewable energy is required.
Applicants must pass a pre-employment security check (local and federal law enforcement, driver's history, personal references, and education, credit, and employment checks).
From 2015 forward, the internship program is being sponsored by the DOE Office of Indian Energy. For information on the internship application process, see the 2015 Summer Internship Program announcement or contact Sandra Begay-Campbell at 505-844-5418 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Over the course of the 12-week internship, interns will gain experience with some or all of the following renewable energy systems:
- On-grid photovoltaic (PV) installations — New Mexico
- Off-grid PV electricity system — Arizona and New Mexico
- Off-grid PV/small wind hybrid system — Arizona, Utah (Navajo), and California (Ramona)
- Large-scale commercial wind farm — New Mexico (Taiban Mesa)
- Solar power tower — New Mexico (Sandia Labs)
- Distributed energy resource systems: large PV array, microturbine, fuel cell, large battery bank — New Mexico (Sandia Labs).
Distributed energy resource systems: large PV array, microturbine, fuel cell, large battery bank — New Mexico (Sandia Labs).
See past student intern research reports.
Learn more about the college student interns from past summers, including their research papers, educational backgrounds, testimonials, and photos.
- 2012: Nora Cata, Chelsea Chee, Colleen Cooley
- 2011: Tammie Allen, Gepetta Billie, Chelsea Chee, and Devin Dick
- 2010: Gepetta Billie, Joni Fuenmayor, Prestene Garnerez, and Logan Slock
- 2009: Gepetta Billie, Prestene Garnerez, and Suzanne Singer
- 2008: Gepetta Billie, Amanda Montoya, Carson Pete, and Suzanne Singer
- 2007: Terry Battiest, Nick Johnson and Cherylin Wilson
- 2006: Terry Battiest, Jonathan Biron, and Lani Tsinnajinnie
- 2005: Jennifer Coots, Tanya Martinez, and Deborah Tewa
- 2004: Colin Ben, Jennifer Coots, Benjamin Mar, and Deborah Tewa
- 2003: Keith Candelaria, Velissa Sandoval, and Shaun Tsabetsaye
- 2002: Deborah Tewa