Tech Student – Political Science, Economics or Data Analytics-Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Website Pacific Northwest National Laboratory


Organization and Job ID

Job ID: 311013

Directorate: National Security

Division: Operational Systems & Technology

Group:National Security Professional Leadership

Job Description

The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) is seeking an undergraduate intern to assist the Seattle Director in identifying opportunities to advance PNNL’s mission through partnerships in the Seattle metro area.

The intern will work closely with the Director to compile and analyze data about the Lab and about federally funded research and development centers (FFRDCs) to build a narrative for the future of urban research institutes, TechHubs and related strategic opportunities with local commercial and academic neighbors. The portfolio of opportunities will include energy, cybersecurity, and other areas where PNNL’s expertise in complex systems modeling and data analytics – combined with subject matter expertise in chemistry, physics, biology, computational sciences, materials science, and climate and earth systems science.

Specific duties include (a) web-based research on current and future trends for scientific research; (b) research into other FFRDCs and the Department of Energy regarding their programs and aspirations; (c) research into Congressional engagement on issues of science-based innovation; (d) consultation with diversity & inclusion leaders plus economic development organizations on urban PNNL opportunities; (e) collaborating with the Director to develop on building a narrative for the future of the urban FFRDC and the future of PNNL in Seattle.

This project will be an hourly paid position working part-time from September until summer 2021. During the summer months this position is expected to be full-time. The position will be located in Seattle.

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must be degree-seeking students enrolled at an accredited college or university. Candidates must be taking at least 6 credit hours and have an overall GPA of 2.5.

Preferred Qualifications

    • Capable written, oral, and interpersonal communication skills
    • Initiative to collaborate with others and execute independent tasks in a timely manner
    • Subject matter expertise in data analytics is a plus, as is familiarity with industry, academic, or non-profit research organizations.
    • Candidates should have previous experience as a U.S. Congressional or Senate intern or as an intern in a DOE Office of Science lab.

Preferred Education

Currently enrolled in an accredited undergraduate program in political science that has a research center for public policy. Cumulative GPA of at least 3.75 is preferred.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Battelle Memorial Institute (BMI) at 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 BMI staff must be able to demonstrate the legal right to work in the United States. BMI is an E-Verify employer. Learn more at

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