Upcoming Recruiting Events

Search Events

Recruiting Events

Each year, we participate in hundreds of recruiting and conference events. Come visit us and learn more about what we do.


View the full list of upcoming recruiting events.

View all events

Questions? We have tips and answers

Whether you need assistance refining your resume or preparing for your interview, we’ve provided some useful resources that will set you up for success.

Resume Tips

General resume tips and tricks to help you put your best foot forward

Experienced Career Resume Template

Not sure where to start? Use this resume template as a guide

Student Resume Template

Refer to this template for guidance as you draft your resume

Accessibility Accommodation Request

Use this form to request accommodations during the application and interview process

Behavioral Interview Preparation Tips

Follow these interview tips to set yourself up for success in the interview

Position Types

Curious what the position types in our job postings mean? This document provides an explanation of each position type

Frequently Asked Questions

Application Process

How do I apply to jobs?

All applications must be submitted online at https://careers.llnl.gov. Once you identify a job that you are interested in, we offer a quick application process by selecting "Apply Now" and uploading your resume. Most of your information will be parsed from your resume; you will need to review it for accuracy, answer a few questions, and click the "Submit" button.

Can I apply to multiple job postings?

Absolutely! Since there are many separate groups across the Laboratory, often hiring for similar skill sets, please feel free to apply to each position you are qualified for. Also, please note that once you submit an employment application, your resume will become part of our searchable candidate database and may be identified as a match for future job postings.

How can I submit a cover letter, letters of reference, transcripts, work samples or other documentation when I apply?

Submitting additional documentation at the time of application is not required. However, if you would like to attach additional documents to your application you may do so by selecting “Add Attachment.” If we require additional information upon reviewing your resume and application, we will reach out to request it from you.

Can I view the status of my application online?

You can access your application by requesting a one-time passcode at this link, entering the same email address used when you applied. Once logged in, you will see the status of your current applications in the “My applications” section. If your status indicates “New” or “In Review”, your resume is still under review. If your status indicates that your application was archived, your resume has been reviewed and you were not selected to move forward in the hiring process for this position and/or that position has been filled.

Can I change my application after I have submitted it?

Yes, you can modify your application by doing one of the following:

  1. Reapply to the position; your updated resume will be added to your application.
  2. Access your application by requesting a one-time passcode at this link, entering the same email address used when you applied. Select the appropriate application in the “My applications” section and add or remove attachments as desired. You can also edit your answers to the preliminary questions.

How will I know if my application was successfully received?

You will receive an automated email status update confirming receipt of your application.

I’ve applied, but I haven't received a response. What do I do?

There may be a few reasons why you haven't heard back from us.

  1. Check on your application status. Our goal is to provide regular status updates to keep you informed. You can monitor and check the status of positions you have applied for by accessing your profile. Once you have signed in with your login information, you will see the jobs to which you have applied as well as the current status in the “My Job Applications” section.
  2. We are committed in partnering with our hiring teams to provide every applicant feedback in a timely manner, but sometimes that may not be feasible. Extenuating circumstances, such as a high volume of applications, could delay a response.

Will I receive ongoing status updates throughout the application process?

You will receive automated email notifications for status updates including trigger points to alert you of the following situations:

  • Receipt of application
  • Resume under review

How do I withdraw my application, if needed?

To withdraw an application:

  1. Access your application by requesting a one-time passcode at this link, entering the same email address used when you applied
  2. Select the appropriate application in the “My applications” section
  3. Scroll to the “Manage my data” section at the bottom of the page and select “Withdraw my application”
  4. Indicate your acceptance of the acknowledgement and click on “Yes, I would like to withdraw my application”
  5. Your application will indicate an inactive status (please note that you will not receive an email confirmation of the withdrawal)

How can I tell if a posted position has been filled?

Once a position has been filled, we will remove the job posting from our site.

Will I be notified if the job is filled or canceled?

You will not be notified if the position has been filled or canceled.

How long are jobs posted for?

Our jobs are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days but are often posted for an additional length of time to allow us to advertise and attract strong skill set matches. Once the seven-day minimum posting requirement has been met, postings may be removed at the discretion of the hiring team and will no longer be searchable on our Careers Page. For positions that are filled on an ongoing basis, we create pipeline job postings that are regularly cycled throughout the year.

Why do some positions require US citizenship?

As a Department of Energy National Laboratory, there are some positions that may include portions of work that are classified in nature. Therefore, it requires the employee to be eligible to successfully obtain a security clearance. For job postings that have a requirement of a security clearance the eligibility requirements include the following: applicant must be at least 18 years of age; US citizenship is required. See DOE order 472.2 for additional information.

Do you only hire US citizens?

No. We have some positions that do not require US citizenship. The requirements are indicated on each job posting in the header. When performing a job search on our site, you can apply the Security Clearance filter function to identify job postings that do not require US citizenship.

Do you provide visa sponsorship?

Yes. Our Immigration team works with you to get work authorization for both full-time roles and internships.

Where can I find information about LLNL’s position types provided in the job postings?

View our Position Types document for information about LLNL’s job position types.

Interview Process

What is the interview process?

Most interview processes follow the stages of a phone screen, technical phone interview, on-site/virtual panel interview and presentation(s).

What happens during a phone screen?

A phone screen allows us to gather additional information about you. Phone screens are typically generalized and broad with the goal of further assessing your overall skill set, career progression and what you are looking for in your next job as well as understanding why you may be interested in working at LLNL. This time also allows us the opportunity to share additional information with you about the Laboratory, the job posting that you applied for and to answer any questions you may have.

How do I prepare for an on-site interview?

For optimal success, ensure you research us, our mission, be familiar with the job posting and take the time to think of examples of your work that may be valuable to share during the interview process.

  • Research LLNL. Find out more about us at https://www.llnl.gov/, LinkedIn, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, and Glassdoor pages.
  • Study the job posting. Study the job responsibilities and qualifications, ensuring a baseline understanding of the requirements.
  • View our Behavioral Interview Preparation Tips guidance.
  • Make a list of questions to ask during your interview. This demonstrates your engagement and interest in the role.
  • Practice makes perfect! Search the internet for example behavioral interview questions. Enlist the help of a friend to rehearse.
  • Think out loud when answering interview questions. This will help your interviewers to further assess your thought process and problem-solving skills.

If I am asked to do a presentation during my interview, what information should I include?

You will be provided additional information from the point of contact who reaches out to request your interview. They will provide specifics on the content being requested, format of the presentation, as well as when and how to submit the information prior to your arrival for on-site interview.

Where do I report for my interview and what do I need to know about visiting LLNL?

You will be provided additional information by the point of contact arranging your interview. On the day of your interview, proceed to LLNL’s Westgate Badge Office and allow at least 30 minutes prior to your interview start time to complete the visitor badging process. You must present a picture ID (valid driver’s license or other form of official photo identification, see link below for additional details), to the Badge Office personnel to pick up your visitor badge. This badge must be visibly worn while on-site.

Additionally, we do have visitor restrictions regarding the use of cell phones, Bluetooth enabled devices, hearing aids, computers, thumb drives, and cameras. Visit the LLNL website for more information about visiting our campus.

What are the next steps following my on-site interview?

The members of the interview panel will meet to debrief and provide feedback regarding your interview. The hiring team collects and analyzes this feedback to evaluate all interviewees and arrive at a hiring decision. Once a decision is made on your candidacy you will be notified.

Hiring Process

What should I expect if I am offered employment?

Once all internal approvals are obtained an HR representative will contact you to verbally extend the formal job offer. Following the verbal offer you will receive an email containing details about the terms of the offer for your review. All offers are reviewed and formally accepted online.

I have accepted an offer of employment. What are the next steps?

An HR representative will review your overall package with you while extending your offer. We will work with you to arrange a drug test, review the background check process and any other pre-employment contingencies.

The HR representative will monitor the status of your hiring contingencies. We will also confirm the start date with you and provide additional details regarding your first day of employment.

How will my background check information be collected?

You will receive an email containing instructions and a link for completing your background investigation form. Promptly completing the background check form will expedite the onboarding process.

How long do hiring contingencies take to clear?

LLNL supports key critical missions involving national security and defense; as a result, we must uphold rigorous hiring screening standards.

Drug screen results typically come back quickly upon completion. Please note that LLNL’s drug screening includes testing for use of marijuana and all marijuana related substances as Federal Law applies to us as a Department of Energy Federal Contractor.

Background checks can take up to 3–5 weeks depending on completion of reference checks, court document requests and education verification.

Who do I reach out to if I have additional questions about my job offer and/or next steps?

If questions arise throughout this process, your HR representative will be your main point of contact.

Technical Help and Misc.

I am having technical difficulties with applying online and the application process. Who should I contact?

Contact our Careers Help Desk by email at careers-help [at] llnl.gov (careers-help[at]llnl[dot]gov) .

I’m a former LLNL/LLNS Employee seeking Employment Verification?

Please use the following information:

Employment Verification Hotline: (925) 422-9348

Employment Verification Fax: (925) 423-8117

What if I need accommodations for an interview or application?

Please use our Accessibility Accommodation Request form to submit a request.

Can staffing agencies support LLNL recruitments?

We already work with a number of preferred suppliers for recruitment services.

Does LLNL accept unsolicited resumes from staffing agencies?

We have a commitment to sourcing candidates directly and as such we do not accept resumes from agencies unless you have a contract with us for the specific recruitment. However, we do work with a defined list of preferred suppliers who may be invited to support us in sourcing candidates for specific roles. We only pay agency fees where we have a signed agreement in place and an agency has been instructed by a member of the Talent Acquisition team.

We do not pay agency fees where unsolicited resumes are submitted to LLNL and/or its employees by any means. Where this is not observed, we reserve the right to contact the candidate directly and initiate discussions without payment of any agency fee.

Student Internships

Application & Hiring Process

Who can I contact if I have questions about student programs?

Contact our Careers Help Desk by email at ScholarEmployment [at] llnl.gov (ScholarEmployment[at]llnl[dot]gov).

Am I eligible to work at LLNL if my relatives work at LLNL?

Yes, if you meet the requirements for the position.

When should I apply?

Student internship opportunities are generally posted September–February for our summer program and can be applied to immediately.

I am interested in more than one internship. Should I submit a resume for each position that interests me?

You can submit a resume for each position you are interested in. Your skills/qualifications will be matched against the positions you’ve applied for.

How will I know if my application was successfully received?

You will receive an automated email status update confirming receipt of your application.

How do I know if I am being considered for employment?

The hiring organization will contact you directly if they are interested in discussing employment opportunities. The majority of hiring departments make the selections for summer employment December–April.

What is the timing and potential start date of my internship be?

Internships are usually 10–16 weeks. Start and end times can vary based on availability, contingencies, and projects.

  • Summer Internship: Full-time during the academic break
  • Fall/Spring: Depending on student availability
  • Co-op: Full-time during the academic semester/quarter
  • Year-round: Part-time during the academic year and full-time during the academic breaks

What happens if I'm selected? When will I receive a job offer?

Prior to receiving an offer, an HR representative will request your unofficial transcripts. Following approvals obtained from the hiring organization, an HR representative will extend a formal offer. At this time, you will also be instructed about your employment contingencies including your background check.

What is my potential compensation?

We offer compensation based upon an intern’s position, degree, discipline, and academic level according to a predetermined pay structure.

When do I get paid?

All employees are paid every other Friday.

Am I eligible for vacation, sick leave, or holiday pay?

Interns are not eligible to accrue vacation leave. You are eligible to accrue sick leave and holiday pay in accordance with our policy.

Am I eligible for medical benefits?

Interns are not eligible for employee medical benefits.

How will my background check information be collected?

You will receive an email containing instructions and a link for completing your background investigation form. Promptly completing the background check form will expedite the onboarding process.

When can I start work?

Once all your contingencies are meet, including satisfactory results from your background check and drug screen, an HR representative will set your start and end dates.

Do you only hire US citizens?

No. We have some positions that do not require US citizenship. The requirements are indicated on each job posting in the header. When performing a job search on our site, you can apply the Security Clearance filter function to identify job postings that do not require US citizenship.

Do you provide visa sponsorship?

Yes. Our Immigration team works with you to get work authorization for both full-time roles and internships.


Will I receive relocation assistance?

If you live more than 50 miles from the Laboratory and plan to move closer you are eligible for relocation assistance. You will be reimbursed for roundtrip airfare and ground transportation to and from the airport. If you decide to drive, your mileage will be reimbursed per our travel guidelines. You will also be allowed to ship a designated amount of personal items. Our relocation team will work with you to finalize the specific details once hired.

Will transportation accommodations from an airport be arranged for me?

LLNL does not arrange transportation from airports.

If travel authorization is a part of your employment offer, you may rent a car or use an airport sedan service provider for transportation to and from local airports; please note this does not include ride share services. You will need to submit receipts for reimbursement.

How do I get reimbursed for my travel expenses?

Reimbursement of travel expenses requires successful completion of a drug screen. If your employment offer includes travel authorization, a travel expense claim form, travel allowance information, and reimbursement instructions will be provided to you with your hire package. Carefully review the allowable travel expenses to ensure the costs you incur are reimbursable by LLNL. Reimbursement of your travel expenses will require approximately two weeks processing time from when you submit the expenses.

Events and Other

How do I meet other students?

Once your employment begins, you will have access to the Student Portal, which will assist you in meeting other interns. Using the portal, you will learn about scheduled events to attend or plan social and recreational activities.

Will recruiters visit my university?

We visit hundreds of universities and attend many career fairs to share our internships and opportunities. Check with your university’s careers center to see if we will be visiting your campus. Please also visit our events calendar above to see where you can find us!

Will I have a mentor?

Yes, every student is assigned a mentor. The mentor works closely with you to coach and assist from the start of their project until you complete your project.

What types of projects will I work on?

Projects are determined based on your interest and academic discipline and may contribute to work in the area you are selected for. Some examples of projects interns have worked on are:

  • Flight Simulation Software Development: Developed new software, focusing on flight simulation of reentry vehicles.
  • Nanofiber Production and Application: Developed efficient methods for development, production, and integration of nanofibers for a broad range of applications. Activities included feedstock formulations, electrospinning optimization, structural characterization, forming, thermal processing, process scaling, device integration/prototype development, and performance testing.
  • Radiation Detectors: Improved response time characteristics, environmental ruggedness, particle identification accuracy, sensitivity to radiation, and characterization methods and techniques.
  • Cybersecurity: Developed the support of new technologies that can be creatively applied to computer security and Cyber Infrastructure Resilience.
  • 3D Printing of Novel Feedstock Materials: Researched and worked with organic and inorganic synthetic chemistry, sol-gel polymerization, solution chemistry, and material characterization.
  • Machine Learning AI: Developed tools and research methods to measure and predict the behavior of different machine learning algorithms and make natural phenomena explainable.
  • Radiation Field Training Simulator: Developed first responders training for radiation search and characterized missions using virtual sources. This removes the need for real radiation sources and their associated safety and security costs. These virtual sources can be far larger than would be allowed under a training exercise.

How does the lab support continuing education of its employees?

As an intern at LLNL, you are on a temporary status and therefore not eligible for reimbursement of your continued education costs. However, if you are hired as a regular full-time employee, you would be eligible to request reimbursement for classes in your field of study. This includes classes towards a degree and ad hoc classes to help you with your interested areas of study.

Stay connected

Stay in touch and join our community to hear about upcoming events, news stories, and groundbreaking research. Creating a profile is quick and easy and allows our Talent Acquisition team to keep in touch with you!

Join our talent community

Join us and make your mark on the world

Search jobs