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Student volunteers at NWS Huntsville spend approximately 50% of their time shadowing NWS meteorologists and gaining operational experience, and 50% of their time on small-to-medium scale projects that benefit NWS Huntsville operations. A training checklist will be provided to guide them through a variety of experiences. Students may also have the opportunity to assist with or participate in office outreach opportunities.

 

Requirements

Student volunteers must be enrolled at an accredited college or university at the time of the volunteer program.  High school students may not participate in the student volunteer program at this time.

Prospective volunteers should be prepared to have a consistent, routine weekly work schedule at the NWS office; in other words, students should expect to work at approximately the same time every week (classes, exams, studies, etc. permitting). The student will work with local NWS management to determine their weekly hours. Simply coming in “whenever time allows” on a regular basis is not permitted.

 

How Do I Apply?

There are three "windows" where applications will be accepted: during the summer (for the following fall semester), during the fall (for the following spring semester), and during the spring (for the summer).  However, volunteer openings will not always be available for every time period.

The deadlines are:

  • Summer: March 15
  • Fall Semester: July 1  
  • Spring Semester: November 1

Interested students should submit ALL of the following before the specified deadline:

  • Cover Letter, detailing why you want to volunteer at NWS Huntsville (no more than 1 page)
  • Resume (no more than 1 page)
  • Transcript (unofficial is acceptable)

Students are strongly encouraged, but not required, to work with their college or university program to acquire class credit for their experience.

Contact Science and Operations Officer Brian Carcione (brian.carcione at noaa.gov) for additional information, including the submission process.  Interviews may be conducted by WFO management to determine who is selected.

 

(Updated August 2017)