NNSS welcomes more than 100 students in its fourth annual Student Program

The Nevada National Security Site (NNSS) welcomes more than 100 students from all across the U.S., either virtually or in-person, for the start of the 2022 summer Student Program.

Nearly half of the student interns join the NNSS from Nevada schools, including the University of Nevada, Las Vegas; the University of Nevada, Reno; the College of Southern Nevada; and Touro University. The remaining students hail from universities and colleges across the U.S., representing more than 20 states.

For 40 hours each week, the Student Program and the student’s assigned department engage students in hands-on projects while applying classroom theories to real jobs tasks, all while supporting the NNSS mission. This environment provides students with a better view of what a future career might look like in both technical or professional fields.

The Student Program was developed in 2019 to allow 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 many other directorates to transform the program from an in-person internship to being completely virtual in just five short weeks.

Last year’s program built upon the success of the 2020 virtual format. Most students worked virtually throughout the summer, but in some cases, local students worked on site with manager consent.

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

Universities represented by students at the NNSS this summer are:

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