Student Intern - CA Center for Cyber Defenders R&D Undergraduate Summer
Exceptional service in the national interest
You bring the confidence and skills to be eligible for the job by meeting these minimum requirements:
- Currently attending and enrolled full time (or scheduled to graduate in the spring) 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 40 hours per week during the summer
- U.S. citizenship
- Must be currently majoring in Computer Science, Information Assurance, Computer or Electrical Engineering, Math, or a very closely-related field
- Undergraduate students should have basic knowledge and understanding of information security, computer architecture networking
- Have demonstrated knowledge of at least one or more programming languages
- Ability to work with more than one operating system
Note: If you have not yet started your undergraduate program, please apply to a high school intern position.
Qualifications We Desire
Expertise in one or more of the following: cyber vulnerability assessment, intrusion detection systems and countermeasures, network protocols and monitoring, host forensics and memory forensics, malware analysis and triage, cloud security, network traffic analysis, and emulation of large-scale computer networks.
- Software development competence in at least one or more programming language; e.g. C/C++, Perl, Python, Ruby, Java, PHP, SQL, and MATLAB or a related language.
- Working knowledge in tools such as: IDA Pro, VMware, and Wireshark
- General Research areas for our projects have included technology areas such as Artificial Intelligence, Cryptography, Data Mining, Graphic Modeling Software, Machine Learning, Malware, Mobile Device Application Development, Malicious Code Behavior, Networking Protocols, Penetration Testing, Vulnerability Assessments, Reverse Engineering, Red Teaming, Virtual Machines, Forensic Analysis, Digital Signal Processing, Software Defined Radio/Networking, and Wireless Communications
- Have an existing US Government granted security clearance or the ability to obtain and maintain a Department of Energy (DOE)-granted L-level security clearance. In order to obtain this clearance, U.S. Citizenship is required.
About Our Team
The Enterprise Cyber Security Department is housed in the Information Security Sciences group. The group focuses on four major areas of research and development: (1) cyber vulnerability analyses and system assessments, (2) at-scale cyber system emulation, (3) data analytics and (4) cyber enterprise protection. This allows the group to focus on the intersection of vulnerability research, modeling and simulation, data analysis, and operations all in the context of cyber.Department 8965 combines cyber security research and operations to solve critical national security problems. We have operational responsibility within the corporate Cyber Enterprise Security team, and also support efforts to improve cyber security and information operations programs within Sandia and across the federal government. Staff members in the department have expertise in computer science and engineering, information assurance, cyber operations and related fields. Our core technical capabilities include cyber incident response, intrusion detection, network monitoring, network and host forensics, malware research and analysis, vulnerability assessments, and reverse engineering. We maintain state-of-the-art expertise in these disciplines as they continue to evolve, and conduct research to automate and advance tools and techniques, with the objective of enabling precious subject-matter-expert time to be spent on the most unique, difficult and dangerous elements of the threat space. With a history of applying research to solve real world problems, we address issues of trust and information assurance as they relate to national security. In addition, we are actively engaged in cyber educational programs that prepare students to enter the workforce and provide a recruiting pipeline for the Sandia cyber mission area.
Sandia National Laboratories is the nation’s 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 with amazing impact 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, strong medical 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.
This position does not currently require a Department of Energy (DOE)-granted security clearance.
Sandia will conduct a pre-employment drug testing, and a pre-employment background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record checks, and employment and education verifications. Further, employees in New Mexico must pass a U.S. Air Force background screen for access to the work site. 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, rendering the inability to perform the duties assigned and resulting in termination of employment.
If hired without a clearance, and one subsequently becomes required or you bid on positions that require a DOE-granted security clearance, a pre-processing background review that includes personal reference checks, law enforcement record and credit checks, and employment and education verifications may be conducted prior to a required federal background investigation. Applicants for DOE-granted security clearances must be U.S. citizens and be able to obtain and maintain the appropriate DOE security clearance as required for the position.
Equal opportunity employer/Disability/Vet/GLBT
What Your Job Will Be Like
The Center for Cyber Defenders (CCD) gives interns practical experience with computer systems, network operations, and information protection. The CCD program is focused on developing the next generation of experts in the field of computer security from the software stack down to embedded hardware. Our program combines research with education and provides a venue to foster students’ abilities to address the serious and unique challenges existing in the realm of cyber security research, and encourages the exploration of original ideas necessary to keep pace with the rapid changes in information technology and the increasing sophistication of cyber threats.
CCD is an internship program for graduate, undergraduate built around three core ideas:
1) Work on real-world cyber security problems that Sandia faces.
2) Train the next generation of security experts by working closely with Sandia's highly-trained full-time staff.
3) Form a lasting community of security researchers and policymakers.
CCD Interns are involved in various aspects of cyber security research, including conducting science-based cyber security research and developing new security tools. Interns will typically work on projects in two teams of two to four interns each over their 10-week internship. Projects are chosen based on student skill set and interest. Graduate students, as well as returning veterans of the program, will be expected to take a leading role on their project(s) and to contribute to the mentoring process.
Interns will work on projects in the areas of Intrusion Detection and Incident Response, Vulnerability Assessment, Malware Analysis, Emulytics and Big Data Analysis, Network Traffic Analysis, cloud security, Internet of Things security and more.
Sandia National Laboratories
Through science and technology, people, infrastructure, and partnerships, Sandia's mission is to meet national needs in five key areas:
Nuclear Weapons -
Ensuring the stockpile is safe, secure, reliable, and can support the United States' deterrence policy
Energy and Infrastructure Assurance -
Enhancing the surety of energy and other critical infrastructures
Reducing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, the threat of nuclear accidents, and the potential for damage to the environment
Defense Systems and Assessments -
Addressing new threats to national security
Homeland Security -
Helping to protect our nation against terrorism
Sandia is a government-owned/contractor operated (GOCO) facility. Sandia Corporation, a Lockheed Martin company, manages Sandia for the U.S. Department of Energy's National Nuclear Security Administration. We seek collaborative partnerships on emerging technologies that support our mission.
Nuclear Weapons, Defense, Energy, Homeland Security
Company Type: Government Agency
Company Size: 5,001-10,000