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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 in the following departments:

  • Communications
  • Science
  • Engineering
  • Environment, Safety and Health
  • Education and Outreach
  • Operations
  • Underground Access
  • Information Technology (IT)

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. 

Jack Headley STEM Internship: Created in memory of John "Jack" Headley, this internship is awarded to an undergraduate student seeking to work in STEM fields and gives priority to underrepresented groups in the State of South Dakota. 


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

Typical ‘job descriptions’ for internships in each department are given below. Specific tasks will vary with the needs of the department over the course of the summer. 


A communications internship at Sanford Lab typically focuses on one area of specialty in the mass communication arts. This could include journalism, public relations, graphic design, and/or video production. Regardless of the specialty the intern will be expected to create and modify content for public distribution through the Sanford Lab web sites, public events, and other internal and external channels.

The summer intern will spend much of their time creating and modifying content for promotion of Neutrino Day. The intern should be comfortable in adapting graphics and messaging to fit various formats to promote the event and Sanford Lab. 


An education intern at Sanford Lab will work with the Education & Outreach team to develop and implement content and programs connected to the science and engineering of Sanford Lab for K-12 students and teachers. A typical summer includes presentations and tours for classrooms and summer camps, Neutrino Day activities and professional development sessions for teachers. As time permits, it could also include development of new curriculum units for K-12 classrooms. 


An engineering intern will work with one or more of the Engineering Department specialists in mechanical or electrical engineering to support current or future experiments and/or facility construction at Sanford Lab. 

Applicants with a major in mechanical or electrical engineering will be given first consideration; we will also consider applicants in technical areas such as drafting and CAD. 

Environment, Safety and Health

An ESH intern will work with one or more of the EH&S Department specialists in Safety, Health, Industrial Hygiene, Training, Quality Assurance, Emergency Rescue, Experimental Support, Operational Support and Environmental. They will experience all aspects of maintaining a safe work environment for employees, scientists, contractor and visitors of Sanford Lab; they may be writing manuals or training modules one day and out in the field the next. 

Applicants are expected to have a major or minor in a safety related field. 


An intern in the Operations Department may work at the Waste Water Treatment Plant or other surface facilities at Sanford Lab to provide ongoing support of the facility. 


A science intern at Sanford Lab will work with the Science Department to support the experimental facilities and groups (astrophysics, biology, geology, geothermal energy, low-background counting) using the Sanford Underground Research Facility. The work will vary depending on which groups are active on site over the course of the summer. 

Underground Access

An intern in the Underground Access Department will work with the infrastructure and facility crews to support maintenance of the shafts and underground areas, support ongoing experiments and construction of future facilities. An intern may also have the opportunity to work with the Mine Rescue Team. 

Applicants are expected to have a mining engineering major. 

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: Internships are paid.

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

Application deadline: January 20, 2023

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

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