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WFO Greenville-Spartanburg Student Volunteer Program - Summer 2017


  • The WFO GSP student volunteer program is not an intern position.  Experience gained from participation in the program should be noted as “student volunteer” experience when applying for future employment.
  • The program is designed for students who have completed at least their sophomore year of undergraduate studies or are currently enrolled in a graduate level degree program in meteorology, atmospheric science, hydrology, or a related physical science or engineering field.  Students should have completed at least introductory classes in dynamic or synoptic meteorology.
  • Students can earn academic credit for work accomplished at the WFO.  A signed agreement with the institution is required.
  • Students will work a schedule suitable to the needs of the WFO.
  • Student volunteers typically work during the summer.  Exceptions are determined on a case-by-case basis.
  • Volunteer duties include an introduction to WFO operations, assistance with WFO projects, and training activities appropriate for the student’s background.
  • Applications should be submitted to WFO Greenville-Spartanburg prior to 31 March 2016.  The application process consists of:

              Completion of application form

              A letter from the student expressing a desire to participate in the program and summarizing academic and career goals

              A transcript (official or unofficial) documenting all college or university academic courses

              An interview (preferably in person)

  • Applicants must be U.S. citizens.
  • Applicants are subject to Department of Commerce and NOAA security and background investigations.
  • Volunteer selection(s) will be announced by April 7, with positions able to start 4 to 8 weeks later.
  • Typically, one student volunteer per summer will be chosen.  One or two additional volunteers can be considered depending on WFO resources and flexibility of student schedules.

Student Application: PDF