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Careers: Internship Program
Intern Hiring Process

Our summer internships are stimulating and challenging assignments that provide excellent work experience.

As a national security laboratory, LLNL has a rigorous hiring and clearance process. We appreciate your time and patience with our process.

  1. Apply to our Computation Student Intern job posting.
  2. Complete the online Pre-Offer Security Form (our official employment application).
  3. Obtain security approval for a basic clearance.
  4. Submit your current unofficial transcripts.
  5. Receive an official offer of employment from Human Resources.
  6. Complete drug screening.

Step 1 — Apply for the Computation Student Intern posting (ID #101559) on LLNL’s Scholars site. Your application will be reviewed by our Scholar Program Manager, who matches qualified applicants to potential technical hosts at LLNL. Once a match has been made, you will be notified via email of the technical host’s interest. Typically, an interested host will conduct a phone interview and let you know if you have been selected for an internship. Please note that this portion of the process is not an official job offer.

Step 2 — Complete LLNL’s online Pre-Offer Security Form. Once you are selected for an internship, you will be asked to complete this form as soon as possible. It serves as both our official employment application and security form.

Step 3 — Obtain security approval for a basic clearance. The online Pre-Offer Security Form contains the information needed to request a basic “P” security clearance for your potential employment. Most P clearance checks and approvals take 4–6 weeks. The Safeguards and Security Department will contact you directly if they have any questions.

Step 4 — Forward your current unofficial transcripts to the Scholar Program Coordinator when prompted.

Step 5 — Receive an official employment offer. When the aforementioned steps are complete and your security clearance is approved, a Human Resources Employment Specialist will contact you either by phone or email to extend an offer of employment. Please do not make any travel or housing arrangements before you receive this official employment offer.

Step 6 — Complete the drug screening process. Once you have accepted the official employment offer, the HR Employment Specialist will provide you with detailed screening instructions. You may begin employment at LLNL after you have passed the drug screening.