Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Intern Hiring Process

Step 1 — Apply for the Undergraduate and Grad School posting. Please include Cyberdefenders in the 'Interest' section of the application document.

Step 2 — In addition to the online application, please send your resume and cover letter to with "Cyberdefenders" in the subject line.

Step 3 — Your application will now be reviewed by our Scholar Program Manager, who matches qualified applicants to potential technical hosts at LLNL. Once a match has been made, you will be notified via email of the technical host’s interest. Typically, an interested host will conduct a phone interview and let you know if you have been selected for an internship. Please note that this portion of the process is not an official job offer.

Step 4 — Complete LLNL’s online Pre-Offer Security Form. Once you are selected for an internship, you will be asked to complete this form as soon as possible. It serves as both our official employment application and our security form.

Step 5 — Obtain security approval for a basic clearance. The online Pre-Offer Security Form contains the information needed to request a basic “P” security clearance for your potential employment. Most P clearance checks and approvals take 4–6 weeks. The Safeguards and Security Department will contact you directly if they have any questions.

Step 6 — Forward your current unofficial transcripts to the Scholar Program Coordinator when prompted.

Step 7 — Receive an official employment offer. When the aforementioned steps are complete and your security clearance is approved, a Human Resources Employment Specialist will contact you either by phone or email to extend an offer of employment. Please do not make any travel or housing arrangements before you receive this official employment offer.

Step 8 — Complete the drug screening process. Once you have accepted the official employment offer, the HR Employment Specialist will provide you with detailed screening instructions. You may begin employment at LLNL after you have passed the drug screening.

“Bringing students onto our projects is invigorating in many ways. The students bring new technologies, new ideas and lots of energy. Our team encourages our students
to question everything –
and they do.”
Gary Laguna,
Computer Scientist, Mentor