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Pacific Northwest National Laboratory Research Computing Internship – Undergraduate - GHC in Helena, Montana


Opportunities abound in our intern projects; you will engage with multidisciplinary groups across the Lab and explore various computing career options. Assignments are flexible and range from 10-12 weeks with the possibility of extension. You will tackle one of our challenging intern projects, teamed with fellow interns and paired with mentors and project stewards. You will be an active contributor playing a central role in the design and development of critical solutions.

Our intern program includes:

  • Strategically important and challenging projects in a team environment.

  • Briefings and final presentation with our CIO and weekly meetings with members of our senior leadership team.

  • Numerous personal & career development opportunities, including a full-time mentor, coaching sessions and workshops, lab tours, and collaborating with a diverse range of PNNL staff, including senior leadership, research scientists, and junior engineers.

  • Active social events planning to ensure you never have a dull moment.

Previous projects include:

  • Implementing an open-source ML workflow tool to enable research projects to leverage our ML platforms and to automate their ML workflows. This included demonstrating the tool and onboarding research projects

  • Accelerating science by optimizing scientific codes and parallelizing them for supercomputers. This involves a high performance coding bootcamp and collaborating with researchers to optimize their codes.

  • Implementing pre-defined cloud ‘blueprint’ templates to facilitate scientists and engineers being able to leverage cloud services on Amazon Wb Services, Microsoft Azure, and Google Cloud Platform.

  • Building CI/CD pipelines and working with teams of software engineers to migrate applications to these new pipelines.


You are a software developer, data, cyber, or IT engineer driven by a passion to continually learn and grow. If you are a developer or data engineer, you have experience in some of the following C#, C, JavaScript, SQL, JSON, React, R or jQuery. If a Cyber or IT Engineer, you know about, Cloud Migrations, Cyber Security practices and Computing Infrastructure Management. You also possess foundational knowledge configuration management and testing tools.

Teams will be given project ownership and creativity is encouraged. You will be working with many people across the Lab on these projects, including executive management.


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 2.5.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Degree in Computer Science, Data Science, Cyber Security, Information Technology, Electrical and Electronic Engineering or related field.

  • Overall cumulative GPA of 3.25

Hazardous Working Conditions/Environment

Not Applicable.

Additional Information

We will be at #GHC22, we would love to meet you and introduce you to some of our current interns and share why we love what we do @PNNL.

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

Battelle requires employees to have a COVID-19 vaccine as a condition of employment, subject to accommodation. Applicants are required to disclose their vaccination status following a conditional offer of employment and must attest to being fully vaccinated with a Center for Disease Control (CDC)-approved COVID-19 vaccination, or provide documentation of need for medical or religious exemption from the COVID-19 vaccination requirement.

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.