Technical Intern - Innovative Chemical-Biological Threat Red

at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Dover, Delaware, United States

Job Description

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.


PNNL is combining profound domain expertise and creative integration of advanced hardware and software to deliver computational solutions that address complex data and analytic challenges.

Working in multidisciplinary teams, PNNL connects research and engineering to operations, providing the tools necessary to innovate quickly and field results faster. Our strengths are integrated across the data analytics lifecycle, from data acquisition and management, to analysis and decision support.


Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is seeking ambitious, high caliber candidates for assignments within the National Security Internship Program (NSIP) for an Innovative Chemical-Biological Threat Reduction App Competition Internship.

PNNL is hosting its 9th Annual Summer Chem-Bio Defense Application Development Competition to foster novel and creative approaches for reducing chemical and biological threats. Interdisciplinary teams of interns, comprised of computer scientists, data scientists, and user design students, will work together to identify specific use cases, design, and develop fully functional software applications. Interns will be encouraged to leverage and adapt existing models, tools, and other methods to support the needs of the chemical and biological defense community. Over the course of the 10-week program, interns will gain mentorship from various field-related experts along with exposure to working in a national laboratory environment with governmental sponsors. At the conclusion of the program, a panel of domain experts will judge the intern apps and the winners will be awarded with cash bonuses. The competition will be managed to provide both a positive educational experience for the interns as well as a high-quality software product.

If you are looking to make an impact to the real world during your summer internship, this is your opportunity. Interns will have a chance to solve the real-world problems with direct feedback from target users. A selected app will be further developed and deployed for use by the target users.

Competition begins on June 7, 2022. Must be available during the full duration of the time period between June 7, 2022 through August 12, 2022.


To have a complete application package, the three (3) listed items below are required and must be uploaded correctly per the steps below:

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

Step 2: Combine the two (2) below requested documents into one (1) PDF document and name this file DTRA NSIP – Summer 2022. This combined document must be uploaded into the “Additional Documents” section.

1) Current unofficial transcript, cumulative GPA must be listed

2) 300-word essay describing your prior work, and how you see your skills fitting within the Innovative Chemical-Biological Threat Reduction App Competition.

If any one of the 3 components are not uploaded per the instructions listed, applications will be rejected and will no longer be considered. Electronic applications will be accepted until 11:59 p.m. (PST) on the posting close date.

Some information on previous competitions can be found here:


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.

+ Candidates must be enrolled as a Senior status.

Preferred Qualifications:

Software engineering / computer science

Data science / Machine Learning / Statistics

User Experience Design

Preferred Eduation:

Currently enrolled in a program in: computer science, software engineering, data science, statistics, user experience design, HCI, or related fields.

Hazardous Working Conditions/Environment

Not applicable.

Additional Information

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

Testing Designated Position

This is not a Testing Designated Position.

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.

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Job Posting: JC202574612

Posted On: Jan 22, 2022

Updated On: Feb 10, 2022