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8th Annual Summer Chem-Bio Defense Application Development Competition is Hiring Interns, Apply by 2/26

PNNL is hosting its 8th Annual Summer Chem-Bio Defense Application Development Competition to foster novel and creative approaches for reducing chemical and biological threats. Interdisciplinary teams of interns, comprised of computer scientists, data scientists, and user design students, will work together to identify specific use cases, design, and develop fully functional software applications. Interns will be encouraged to leverage and adapt existing models, tools, and other methods to support the needs of the chemical and biological defense community. Over the course of the 10-week program, interns will gain mentorship from various field-related experts along with exposure to working in a national laboratory environment with governmental sponsors. At the conclusion of the program, a panel of domain experts will judge the intern apps and the winners will be awarded with cash bonuses. The competition will be managed to provide both a positive educational experience for the interns as well as a high-quality software product.

If you are looking to make an impact to the real world during your summer internship, this is your opportunity. Interns will have a chance to solve the real-world problems with direct feedback from target users. A selected app will be further developed and deployed for use by the target users.

Applications are accepted here:

Undergrad intern -    https://careers.pnnl.gov/JobOpeningId=311412

Masters intern  https://careers.pnnl.gov/JobOpeningId=311443

PhD intern -   https://careers.pnnl.gov/JobOpeningId=311444 

Positions are located in Richland, WA with the 10-week competition beginning on June 8, 2021. Note: Based on performance and capabilities demonstrated during the summer competition, there may be an opportunity to participate in additional NSD CA Division projects post August 13, 2021.

Current Application Deadline: February 26, 2021 11:59 PM PST (Note: Links will no longer work when applications are no longer accepted)

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must have the ability to obtain a future security clearance, which requires U.S. citizenship.

For Undergraduate Students:

                Candidates must be degree-seeking students at an accredited college or university.

Candidates must be taking at least 6 credit hours and have an overall GPA of 3.3.

Candidates must be enrolled as a Senior status (finishing Junior year Spring ‘21).


For Graduate Students:

Candidates must be matriculated/enrolled in a PhD or Master's program at an accredited college or university. Minimum GPA of 3.3 is required.

Preferred Qualifications

Software engineering / computer science

(Augmented/Mixed Reality or mobile application experience)

Human-Computer interaction / User Experience Design

Data science / Statistics / Machine Learning


Please feel free to reach out to me or Lauren Charles (lauren.charles@pnnl.gov) if there are additional questions.


Last Updated: Jan 6, 2021 11:05 AM

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