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**Organization and Job ID**

Job ID: 303864

Directorate: National Security

Division: Computational & Statistical Analytics


**Job Description**

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is seeking ambitious, high caliber undergraduate and graduate students for intern assignments within the National Security Internship Program (NSIP).

The world is 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

- Computer Science and Cyber Security

- Global Security

- Homeland Security

- Critical Infrastructure Protection and Analysis

- Nuclear Stockpile Safeguards and Security

- Nuclear Technologies

- International Border Protection

The Computational and Statistical Analytics (CSA) Division at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory focuses on creating computing tools and methods to accelerate scientific discovery, threat detection, decision support, and predictive modeling. Specific areas of focus include mathematics and statistics for information signature constructing, data management, visualization and human-computer interaction, distributed data processing pipelines and environments, and secure computing infrastructure.

PNNL is seeking students who have completed their sophomore year in college, in active status, and in good standing in an undergraduate 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 candidate’s course of study should be focused in disciplines described above. Initial intern assignments lengths will range from a 10- to 14-week summer internship, with the options to continue working part-time during the academic year or extend the internship as appropriate for the student. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply for NSIP assignments.


When asked to upload your resume to your application, you need to upload one (1) PDF file that includes the following:1. Current Resume or CV

2. Unofficial Transcripts for all current and past degrees

3. A 300-word essay describing why you are interested in a National Security Internship and what you hope to get out of the program

4. Two letters of recommendations



**Minimum Requirements**

This position is open to students who have completed their sophomore year and are either (1) enrolled in, but have not yet started, their junior year or (2) currently enrolled as a junior and have not completed requirements to advance to their senior year. Students must be matriculated as an undergraduate student at an accredited university and have a GPA of at least 3.3.



- Technical Expertise: A desire to learn new technical skills during assignments of limited scope

- Level of Responsibility: Performs basic science and engineering tasks and activities with limited oversight either as an individual contributor or working with small groups in multiple projects

- Breadth of Technical Knowledge: Works to broaden and deepen own technical knowledge and skills

- Ability to work independently and with multi-disciplinary teams in either support roles or limited leadership roles

- Accountable for conducting and clearly documenting work performed

- Effective oral and written communication skills

Applicants with experience or interest in any area of computer science, including but not limited to the below, are encouraged to apply:- cyber security

- software engineering

- software architectures for information processing and analysis

- cognitive science

- natural language processing

- Human-Computer Interaction, interface development, or graphic design

- Web 2.0 technologies

- knowledge sciences

- semantic computing

- machine learning

- database structure and architectures

- information synthesis

- video and multimedia analysis

- tools and methods for collaboration

- agent based programming

- generating data signatures for multimedia information

- mathematical and statistical methods

- high performance or data-intensive computing

- evaluation methods and user studies

Given the wide range of work in CSA, the following skills may be helpful:Development sills in Java; C++; PHP; Adobe flex; Python;Db; R; SQL or other Experimental design Mathematical modeling Server maintenance Systems engineering Algorithm development Video processing software Statistical packages.


**Equal Employment Opportunity**

Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer and supports diversity in the workplace. All employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, marital or family status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. All staff at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States.


**About Tri-Cities**


The Tri-Cities started out with 3 main communities: Kennewick, Pasco, and Richland - but the phenomenal growth of neighboring West Richland has made the area more of a Quad-City. Located just hours from Seattle, WA and Portland, OR, the area is embraced by the beauty of a desert landscape and connected by the Columbia, Snake, and Yakima rivers. The Tri-Cities offers a multitude of recreational, cultural, and historical activities and is a great place to visit and live. We're known for our premier golf courses, award-winning wineries, unique shopping, and abundant outdoor and water recreation. Visit the link above to learn more about the various communities. PNNL is located in Richland, WA.


*Directorate:* *National Security Dir*

*Job Category:* *Undergraduate Internships*

*Group:* *Compnt & Criti Infras Security*

*Opening Date:* *2014-12-17*

*Closing Date:* *2015-03-08*

About Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

What if you could discover dark matter... curb U.S. dependence on foreign fuel... clean up an oil spill... or save the world from acts of violence before they happenall by making a vital scientific discovery today? Better yet, what if you could improve humanity for generations to come by finding and nurturing the scientists who will discover a myriad of ways to improve the world around us? Would you? We are.

At Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, our mission is to transform the world through courageous discovery and innovation. Our vision: PNNL science and technology inspires and enables the world to live prosperously, safely, and securely. Our values of integrity, creativity, collaboration, impact and courage provide the foundation for all we do.

Located in Richland, Washington, PNNL is one among ten U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) national laboratories managed by DOE's Office of Science. Our research strengthens the U.S. foundation for innovation, and we help find solutions for not only DOE, but for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the National Nuclear Security Administration, other government agencies, universities and industry. Unlike others, our multidisciplinary scientific teams are brought together to address their problems. More specifically, at PNNL we

  • provide the facilities, unique scientific equipment, and world-renowned scientists and engineers to strengthen U.S. scientific foundations through fundamental research and innovation
  • prevent and counter acts of terrorism through applied research in information analysis, cyber security, and the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction
  • increase U.S. energy capacity and reduce dependence on imported oil through research of hydrogen and biomass-based fuels
  • reduce the effects of energy generation and use on the environment.

Today, approximately 4,900 are employed at PNNL; our business volume is more than $1.1 billion. Our Richland campus includes unique laboratories and specialized equipment as well as the William R. Wiley Environmental Molecular Sciences Laboratory, a DOE Office of Science national scientific user facility. In addition to the Richland campus, we operate a marine research facility in Sequim, Washington; and satellite offices in Seattle and Tacoma, Washington; Portland, Oregon; and Washington, D.C.

Battellethe world's largest independent scientific research and technology development organizationhas operated PNNL for DOE and its predecessors since 1965. One unique feature of Battelle's contract with DOE allows research to be conducted for private industry.

To learn more, see our video(Offsite link)Advancing Transformational Science and Technology on our video page. Thank you for visiting our web site. If you have questions or comments, pleasecontact us.

In one way or another, we hope you will join us and make a scientific discovery today that transforms tomorrow for the better.