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Internship and Employment Opportunities

Welcome to the National Weather Service student programs web site. This web site was designed to give students across the nation direct information to the different student employment opportunities offered. The programs below offer participants an opportunity to learn how we operate as a federal agency carrying out our mission to protect and serve by providing timely weather related information and products.

Student interns work on worthwhile projects assigned by their manager or supervisor. Previous interns worked in a variety of areas, including meteorology, hydrology, science, and technology. Students interested in any of the programs below should have strong research, oral, and writing skills. If you have questions about any of the programs, please call us (Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management Division) at (301) 427-9072.

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For current students and recent graduates.

  • Internship Program

The Internship Program is for current students. It replaces the Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) and Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP). The new Internship Program provides students in high schools, colleges, trade schools and other qualifying educational institutions with paid opportunities to work in agencies and explore Federal careers while completing their education.

  • Recent Graduates Program

The Recent Graduates Program provides developmental experiences in the Federal Government. It is intended to promote possible careers in the civil service to individuals who, within the previous two years, graduated from qualifying educational institutions with an associates, bachelors, masters, professional, doctorate, vocational or technical degree or certificate from qualifying educational institutions. To be eligible, applicants must apply within the previous two years of degree or certificate completion except for veterans precluded from doing so due to their military service obligation, who will have up to six years after degree or certificate completion to apply. For more information about Federal employment information for veterans, go to OPM's Feds Hire Vets (http://www.fedshirevets.gov/job/) website.

  • Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program

For more than three decades, the PMF Program has been the Federal Government's premier leadership development program for advanced degree (e.g., masters or professional degree) candidates. Executive Order 13562 expands the eligibility window for applicants, making it more "student friendly" by aligning it with academic calendars and allowing those who have received a qualifying advanced degree within the preceding two years to participate. It also directs OPM to set eligibility requirements and minimum qualification standards, and to make the PMF experience more robust and substantive for participants. Visit http://www.opm.gov/HiringReform/Pathways/program/interns for additional information on these programs.

Student Volunteer Service (UNPAID)

The National Weather Service offers unpaid training opportunities to high school and college students. This program offers work experience related to the participants academic field of study. Students have an opportunity to explore their career options and to develop both professional and personal skills.  If you are interested in the National Weather Service's Student Volunteer Service, contact Hope Hasberry through e-mail at Hope.Hasberry@noaa.gov or by phone at 301-427-9072.

The NOAA Office of Education

The NOAA Office of Education directly implements and manages internship and scholarship programs aimed at fostering American competitiveness in science by providing quality educational opportunities for the next generation. The Office of Education also offers competitive grant programs at the national and regional level to promote environmental literacy efforts through collaboration with external partners. There are a number of internship, fellowship and scholarship opportunities available at NOAA through the Office of Education. For information on program descriptions, eligibility, the award period, and application processes and deadlines, please visit: http://www.education.noaa.gov/Special_Topics/Student_Opportunities.html