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Internship positions are not eligible for regular SDSTA or Sanford Lab benefits.

Dave Bozied Internships: Up to four positions are available for undergraduates majoring in the following:

  • physics
  • chemistry
  • geology
  • engineering (environmental, geological, mining, industrial, chemical or mechanical)
  • science education
  • communication, journalism or related disciplines

Applicants must have a South Dakota address or be attending a South Dakota university.

Chris Bauer Engineering Internships: Two positions are available for undergraduate engineering students. For one position, preference will be given to electrical engineering majors. SD residence is not required.

The internships are in the memory of Chris Bauer, former electrical engineer for Sanford Lab.  


Job duties depend on experience level and skills and the needs of individual departments at Sanford Lab; some positions require students to work underground: 

  • Science: Work underground and on the surface will support current physics experiments (dark matter and neutrinos, nuclear astrophysics and low-background counting), biology and geology, and future particle physics experiments (dark matter and neutrinos).

  • Engineering: Work underground and on the surface to support engineering projects. Work includes planning for future physics experiments as well as renovation and maintenance of surface facilities, the shafts and the underground. 

  • Environmental Safety and Health: Work underground and on the surface to support ongoing efforts to improve and upgrade the Waste Water Treatment Plant, as well as  Sanford Lab Operations and ESH departments.

  • Communications: Work underground and on the surface to support ongoing efforts in communicating the science of Sanford Lab to the general public, educators and students of all ages. Work may include events planning and promotion; developing visual content (graphics, photography and videography); writing for the newsletter and website; and managing social media platforms.

Conditions of employment

Students must take safety training within one week of start date and must be prepared to work with careful attention to safety.

Students must be physically able to spend long days underground under demanding conditions.

Work hours must be flexible during days working underground, but students will not work more than 40 hours in any given week. 

Period of employment: 40 hours/week; dates are negotiable up to 10 weeks. 

Compensation: Interns will be paid a base wage of $12.50/hour, with an extra travel/living allowance, depending on circumstances, of up to $100/week. 

Eligibility:  Applicants must be 18 years or older prior to starting.

Application deadline: January 16, 2019

Internship positions are not eligible for regular SDSTA or Sanford Lab benefits.