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135 and counting: NNSS welcomes the fifth annual Student Program

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Building on the successes of the past four summers, the Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) welcomed 135 interns for the fifth annual Student Program. This year’s program is the largest yet – growing by dozens of students every year as each student steps forward to contribute to national security.

Nearly 50 universities from coast-to-coast are represented at the NNSS this summer. Half of the student interns join the NNSS from Nevada schools, including: the University of Nevada, Las Vegas; the University of Nevada, Reno; and the College of Southern Nevada.

During the 12-week Student Program, students engage in hands-on projects while applying classroom theories to real job tasks. This experience provides students with a clear picture of what a career in technical or professional fields might look like.

The Student Program was established in 2019 to enable hands-on work experience, mentorship in various disciplines, and professional development opportunities for college students. In 2020, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Human Resources’ Talent Acquisition department worked with other NNSS directorates to transform the program from an in-person internship to being completely virtual. The Student Program resumed on-site internships in 2021, and now offers in-person, fully remote, and hybrid positions.

The Student Program has nearly doubled in size since it began, giving more students the opportunity to learn about national security from a unique perspective. Students’ majors include engineering, mathematics, computer science, physics, business administration and more. Whether a student is in a technical, business professional, or support role, there are a variety of opportunities for students to learn and grow at the NNSS.

Learn more about the Student Program on the NNSS website and contact Student Program Coordinator Terri Shafer for information at ShaferTL@nv.doe.gov.