Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Aerospace Engineering Summer Intern (Graduate)

Location:  Livermore, CA
Category:  Students & Faculty
Organization:  Engineering
Posting Requirement:  External w/ US Citizenship
Job ID: 107550
Job Code: Grad Student R&D/Technical (705.2) / Recent Grad Intern Ex (712.0)
Date Posted: October 06 2020

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Join us and make YOUR mark on the World!

Come join Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) where we apply science and technology to make the world a safer place; now one of 2020 Best Places to Work by Glassdoor!

We have multiple openings for our Summer internship program taking place from April 1, 2021 to August 31, 2021. Our openings are for graduate level students. Selected interns will be given the opportunity to engage in practical research to further their educational goals. The selected interns will provide technical and/or research support to projects in the areas of aerodynamic and aerothermodynamic simulation and analysis, ablation and gas-surface interaction, guidance, navigation, and control (GNC), structural and thermal analysis, boundary layer transition, or other related aerospace fields.

Essential Duties
•    Students will work with scientists, engineers, and technical staff members to provide technical and/or research support to projects in the areas of aerospace engineering, particularly aerothermodynamic analysis, structural and thermal dynamics, flight dynamics, or other related fields
•    Analyze the external flight environment of an aerospace system through different phases of flight and velocity regimes (subsonic through hypersonic)
•    Perform computational fluid dynamics (CFD), finite element analysis (FEA), or trajectory analysis; post-process the results; document and present the results.
•    Develop and maintain computational model and/or code documentation, verification and validation activities
•    May present work through presentations and/or poster sessions.
•    Perform other duties as assigned
•    Under limited direction and supervision will conduct research in assigned area
•    Perform technical assignments of a basic degree of complexity and provide advanced technical support to scientists and engineers in research and development projects

•    Must be a continuing college or university student in good standing at an accredited institution pursuing a graduate degree in aerospace or mechanical engineering or a related field
•    Experience applying basic engineering principles to solve technical problems
•    Programming experience, especially in Python, MATLAB, Java, C++, and/or Fortran
•    Demonstrated academic achievement in the aerospace or mechanical engineering (or related) field with experience applying basic and scientific principles to solve technical problems
•    Demonstrated effective communication skills
•    Ability to present and communicate concepts and ideas
•    Ability to work in a team environment
Desired Qualifications
•    GPA of 3.0 or above
•    Experience running CFD simulation codes (US3D, Cart3D, FUN3D, Fluent, Star-CCM+, etc.) on Linux HPC clusters
•    Experience running structural finite element codes (Ansys, Abaqus, etc.)
•    Experience developing flight simulation models and/or control algorithms for flight vehicles
•    Experience with boundary layer transition modeling and prediction
•    Experience with data science, machine learning, or reduced order modeling

Pre-Placement Medical Exam:  A job related pre-placement medical examination may be required.

Pre-Employment Drug Test:  External applicant(s) selected for this position will be required to pass a post-offer, pre-employment drug test.  This includes testing for use of marijuana as Federal Law applies to us as a Federal Contractor.

Security Clearance:  This position requires a Department of Energy (DOE) Q-level clearance.

If you are selected, we will initiate a Federal background investigation to determine if you meet eligibility requirements for access to classified information or matter. In addition, all L or Q cleared employees are subject to random drug testing.  Q-level clearance requires U.S. citizenship.  If you hold multiple citizenships (U.S. and another country), you may be required to renounce your non-U.S. citizenship before a DOE L or Q clearance will be processed/granted.

Note:   This is a Temporary Student Intern appointment.  This assignment is for a full-time position during the summer academic break. Refer to the Scholar Program website at for additional student employment information. 

About Us

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), located in the San Francisco Bay Area (East Bay), is a premier applied science laboratory that is part of the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) within the Department of Energy (DOE).  LLNL's mission is strengthening national security by developing and applying cutting-edge science, technology, and engineering that respond with vision, quality, integrity, and technical excellence to scientific issues of national importance.  The Laboratory has a current annual budget of about $2.1 billion, employing approximately 6,800 employees.


LLNL is an affirmative action/ equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, marital status, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, medical condition, protected veteran status, age, citizenship, or any other characteristic protected by law.