National Nuclear Security Administration

Y-12, Pantex employees selected for prestigious Weapons Internship Program

November 30, 2015

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HaliAnne Crawford is the first women at Pantex or Y‑12 to participate in the Weapons Internship Program.


Aaron Lee is the Y‑12 participant in the Weapons Internship Program.

Pantex and Y‑12 will both be represented during the 2016 Weapons Internship Class. HaliAnne Crawford, a process engineer at Pantex, and Aaron Lee, a shift technical advisor at Y-12, were selected to participate in the highly sought‑after internship. The program started Sept. 21 and runs through Aug. 25, 2016. During this time, Crawford and Lee will spend time at Sandia National Laboratories in a classroom setting and will visit the other nuclear sites.

“The first half of the course will be an intense education on weapon‑related material. Not only will the candidates learn technical details about weapon systems, they will also learn processes and site interactions that will provide a comprehensive picture of the Nuclear Security Enterprise,” said Colby Yeary, director of the stockpile program and chair of the Weapons Internship Program selection team. “They will visit a number of the sites to learn how things work firsthand.”

After visiting the sites, participants will spend the last half of the internship working on a specific project that will not only add value to the individuals but to the enterprise as well. Crawford has the distinction of being the first female from either site selected for the program. Read more about the program, Crawford and Lee