Los Alamos National Laboratory, Supercomputer Institute Summer Internship Opportunity

By October 23, 2020 News, SC2 jobs

PROGRAM OVERVIEW
The Supercomputer Institute is an intense, paid, 11-week, hands-on technical internship for people of all majors interested in the growing field of high-performance computing. You will obtain a thorough introduction to the techniques and practices of HPC; no HPS experience is required.

The program begins with two weeks of “boot camp”. Small teams of interns build, configure, test, and operate an HPC compute cluster starting from scratch, turning a head of equipment, cables, and electricity into a working mini-supercomputer that can run real HPC applications.

Next, the project phase begins. Teams of interns work under the guidance of HPC Division staff mentors on applied research and development projects that address real challenges currently faced by the division. Some projects use the mini-supercomputers built during boot camp, and others use existing LANL resources. These projects regularly influence the division as well as the field of high-performance computing.

Finally, teams present their accomplishments as a poster and technical talk to Laboratory management, staff, and fellow interns in an end-of-summer celebration of intern work.

The program runs June 1, 2021 – August 13, 2021.

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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT:
In addition to the technical portion of the program, interns also participate in fast-paced, focused professional development work, including:

  • Intense mentoring
  • Teamwork and professional collaboration
  • Resume writing and evaluation
  • Technical poster/presentation design and public speaking
  • Technical seminars on current HPC topics. Past seminars include high-speed networking, Linux containers,
  • parallel filesystems, facilities, and more.
  • Science lectures given by staff from across the Laboratory, from how the Mars Rover works to machine learning/ AI to black hole collisions.
  • Opportunities to sign up for tours of our world-class facilities, including the magnet lab, particle accelerator, million-core supercomputer, and ultra-cold quantum computer.

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO APPLY:
The program is targeted to rising juniors or seniors, master’s students, and recent graduates with a bachelor’s or associate’s degree. Very highly qualified rising sophomores have been successful in the past, as well as occasional master’s graduates and Ph.D. students who can make a good case that they need hands-on practical training, rather than a research internship.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
Interns must meet the following minimum requirements. If you are unsure whether you meet them, please ask us! We don’t want miss someone because they meet requirements in a way we did not anticipate.

  • Computer science, computer engineering, IT, or related experience/training.
  • Intermediate understanding of the Linux OS. For example, this might mean you have basic understanding of how an operating system works, some experience using Linux, and some knowledge of how Linux differs from desktop (e.g., Mac, Window) or phone OSes (Android, iOS).
  • Intermediate command line skills. You should have basic knowledge of the terminal using a shell such as tcsh or Bash. This doesn’t necessarily have to be on Linux (Macs also have a nice command line).
  • Scripting or programming experience of some kind.
  • Collegial, personable, plays well with others; the program is a team sport. Please note this does not mean you have to be “normal”; neurodiversity is encouraged.
  • Well-rounded and curious.
  • Can deal with reasonable deadlines. It’s a fast-paced program, but not high pressure.
  • Meets LANL undergraduate or graduate student program requirements, as applicable.

DESIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
In addition to the above, we’re looking for interns that also have some of the following skills. Note that few interns have all of them.

  • Strong communication skills (written and/or oral).
  • Interesting experience with Linux, hardware, networking, security, filesystems, etc.
  • HPC experience, whether sysadmin or user.
  • C or systems programming experience.
  • Interesting novel perspectives. Can you expand our horizons?

APPLICATION DEADLINE:
Deadline to apply is December 1, 2020.

HOW TO APPLY:
Apply via the instructions on this page. You’ll need to submit the following materials:

  • Current resume
  • Unofficial transcript, including GPA
  • Cover letter describing:
    • Your professional interests, experience, and goals
    • Why you are interested in the Supercomputer Institute
    • How you meet the minimum and desired skills above
    • What you hope to contribute to our team environment

ABOUT LOS ALAMOS:
Los Alamos is a small town in the mountains of northern New Mexico, located an elevation of 7,500 feet.

The town has an active intern community with various events such as free concerts. Outdoor activities are abundant, including hiking, camping, mountain biking, and rock climbing. Summers tend to be warm, and either dry or with afternoon monsoonal thunderstorms.