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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory NSIP Undergrad Intern Summer 2024 - Emerging Threats & Technologies Division in Albany, New York


NOTE: Several documents are strictly required to submit with the application to be eligible for this position. Please read the entire job posting for detailed instructions.

Protecting U.S. residents and visitors is among our nation’s highest priorities. As adversaries gain access to sophisticated technologies and materials, the threats grow more dynamic and complex—from cyber and nuclear to chemical and biological weapons of mass effect and other forms of terrorism. The PNNL national security mission employs our researchers, tools, and technologies to play a key role in advancing the ability to identify and secure nuclear materials, detect weapons of mass effect, manage nonproliferation treaties, secure our nation's borders, and protect critical infrastructures. PNNL’s scientific discovery and capabilities—rooted in innovative theory, methods, algorithms, and tools—are enabling stronger, more resilient technologies and systems to safeguard national security. Coupled with decades of radiological and nuclear materials expertise, advanced computing and threat analysis capabilities, and a broad fundamental science base, we are identifying and countering emerging threats that have significant impact at home and around the globe.

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PNNL is seeking interns for assignments within the National Security Internship Program (NSIP). The Emerging Threats & Technologies Division is looking for individuals who have a passion for solving critical national challenges using advanced techniques. The intern will be given an opportunity to be presented with complex problems in national security, energy, and science; apply cutting-edge research to make our nation safer and stronger.

Positions are available in Richland, WA and Seattle, WA, based on business need. Positions may also be performed remotely or on campus at PNNL based on business need. Due to the timing and duration of summer internships, typically 10-12 weeks, we expect most positions to start as cohorts in May or June 2024 and no later than July 2024.

Diverse Focus Areas: Your internship can be in one of nine technical groups.

Cyber Analysis and Analytics

Creates reliable, repeatable, and robust methods for obtaining and maintaining cyber situational awareness. The team combines expertise in integrated hardware configuration and deployment for data collection, secure analytic architectures and information management, scalable data analytics for operational alerting and triage, and network vulnerability and threat analysis to create actionable insights for decision makers in critical infrastructure protection and national security. We leverage state-of-the-art infrastructure resources, like cloud technology, to rapidly solve sponsor challenges.

  • Disciplines: Data Analysis, Cyber Security Analysis, Software Development, Secure Information Management

Cyber Resilience Foundations

The Cyber Resilience Foundations group works with government and private sector stakeholders to quickly adapt to new technology spaces, understand how their introduction into specialized domains affects system security postures, and create solutions to improve their resilience to new technologies.

  • Disciplines: Cyber Security Research, Cyber Security Engineering, IT/OT, Software Development, Network Architecture

Cyber Risk Reduction

The Cyber Risk Reduction group performs applied research leveraging PNNL capabilities in hardware, software, and firmware security to benefit sectors critical to national security by figuring out how to deconstruct, evaluate, and improve complex systems and develop tools, practices, and skills to meet these challenges.

  • Disciplines: Cyber Security Engineering, System and Network Administration

Global Research Analysis

The Global Research Analysis group leverages national laboratory expertise in mission threats, science and technology, and cultural context to identify emerging and monitor existing technologies and provide decision makers the context and understanding critical to national security.

  • Disciplines: Nuclear Engineering, Physics, Cyber Security 

Threat Prevention and Resilience

The Threat Prevention and Resilience group engages with international leaders, organizations, and practitioners to identify emerging threats, understand evolving operating conditions, adapt to changing technology, implement national security strategy, and educate our allies to the developing environment. These activities ensure the effectiveness and resilience of our network and capabilities to anticipate, detect, and mitigate national security threats.

  • Disciplines: International Law and Policies

Strategic Threat Analysis

Scans for emerging threats and develops threat mitigation strategies that integrate data, scientific, and technical information into practical policy and legal options for decision makers. Our experts in law and policy leverage their understanding of current challenges and emerging trends in arms control, nonproliferation, strategic trade controls, and regional affairs to propose solutions that address gaps in legal frameworks, outdated policies, or weaknesses in international systems and institutions.

  • Disciplines: International Law and Policies

NSD Security Operations

Keeping PNNL’s environment secure while evolving with new technological advances. Maintaining proficiency in security disciplines such that information is properly controlled, transmitted, safeguarded, or destroyed. Anticipating, monitoring, evaluating, and scaling strategic direction in response to evolving sponsor and mission needs. Providing programmatic and operational oversight of PNNL’s secure operations.

  • Disciplines: Cyber Security Analysis, Cyber Security Engineering, IT Engineering, Information Systems Administration, Physical Security

Security Systems Optimization

The Security Systems Optimization group provides vital solutions and support for securing key assets through conventional countermeasures, while simultaneously driving innovation in cyber-physical assessments and mitigations. The SSO group uses its operational experience in asset protection to blend traditional cybersecurity and physical security into a holistic security approaching comprising a set of tools, techniques, and processes that fortify the protection of nuclear material and critical infrastructure.

  • Disciplines: Cybersecurity, IT Operations, Cloud

Mission Alignment

Bringing together senior technical and strategic advisors as a division-level advisory body to help tune and execute strategy through dedicated leadership. Working across the division’s capability areas to capture emerging programmatic opportunities, coach and mentor staff on strategy and business development, support the development and execution of division strategy, and develop strategic new sponsor relationships.


To have a complete application package, the (2) listed items below are required and must be uploaded correctly per the steps below for consideration:

Step 1: Upload Resume or CV in “Resume” section only (note: If applying to multiple positions, the most recent resume uploaded will be used for all positions an applicant applies to).

Step 2: Upload a Cover Letter separately in “Additional Documents” section of the application titled “ETT – Summer 2024 NSIP Cover Letter”.

  • Cover letter should include: Statement of interest, reference relevant college courses, and relevant experience that may include extracurricular activities that have prepared you for this career.

If any of the components (resume and cover letter) are not uploaded per the instructions above, applications will be rejected and will no longer be considered. Electronic applications will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. (PST) on the posting close date.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Candidates must be degree-seeking undergraduate students enrolled at an accredited college or university.

  • Candidates must be taking at least 6 credit hours and have an overall cumulative GPA of 3.30.

Hazardous Working Conditions/Environment

Not applicable.

Additional Information

Candidates must have the ability to obtain and maintain a future security clearance which requires U.S. citizenship.

Testing Designated Position

This is not a Testing Designated Position (TDP).

About PNNL

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is a world-class research institution powered by a highly educated, diverse workforce committed to the values of Integrity, Creativity, Collaboration, Impact, and Courage. Every year, scores of dynamic, driven people come to PNNL to work with renowned researchers on meaningful science, innovations and outcomes for the U.S. Department of Energy and other sponsors; here is your chance to be one of them!

At PNNL, you will find an exciting research environment and excellent benefits including health insurance, flexible work schedules and telework options. PNNL is located in eastern Washington State—the dry side of Washington known for its stellar outdoor recreation and affordable cost of living. The Lab’s campus is only a 45-minute flight (or 3 hour drive) from Seattle or Portland, and is serviced by the convenient PSC airport, connected to 8 major hubs.

Commitment to Excellence, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Equal Employment Opportunity

Our laboratory is committed to a diverse and inclusive work environment dedicated to solving critical challenges in fundamental sciences, national security, and energy resiliency. We are proud to be an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer. In support of this commitment, we encourage people of all racial/ethnic identities, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply for employment.

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory considers all applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity), national origin, age, disability, genetic information (including family medical history), protected veteran status, and any other status or characteristic protected by federal, state, and/or local laws.

We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations for individuals with disabilities and disabled veterans in our job application procedures and in employment. If you need assistance or an accommodation due to a disability, contact us at .

Drug Free Workplace

PNNL is committed to a drug-free workplace supported by Workplace Substance Abuse Program (WSAP) and complies with federal laws prohibiting the possession and use of illegal drugs.

Mandatory Requirements

Please be aware that the Department of Energy (DOE) prohibits DOE employees and contractors from having any affiliation with the foreign government of a country DOE has identified as a “country of risk” without explicit approval by DOE and Battelle. If you are offered a position at PNNL and currently have any affiliation with the government of one of these countries, you will be required to disclose this information and recuse yourself of that affiliation or receive approval from DOE and Battelle prior to your first day of employment.

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Minimum Salary

USD $15.75/Hr.

Maximum Salary

USD $25.50/Hr.