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Call for Applicants
 2017 Summer College Student Volunteer Program

National Weather Service
Baltimore/Washington Weather Forecast Office
Sterling, Virginia


The Baltimore/Washington Forecast Office of the National Weather Service is accepting applications through January 27, 2017, for volunteer college students for the summer of 2017.

Our competitive program provides students with the experience of performing a mentored meteorological/hydrological research project while assisting in operations at a NWS forecast office. Each chosen student will present a briefing of his/her research towards the end of the summer. Please see below for more information about our program.

College students wishing to apply to the NWS Sterling volunteer program must submit 1) an application, 2) a resume and 3) an official transcript.  Our application form is located here.  You can submit your resume and transcripts to If your college will only mail transcripts please have them sent to:

Attn: Heather Sheffield Kenyon
Weather Forecast Office Baltimore/Washington
43858 Weather Service Rd
Sterling, VA 20166

Student Volunteer Program Information

Mandatory Student Volunteer Duties while at NWS Sterling include:
• Volunteer approximately 16-20 hours per week from late May through early-mid August
• Work on an assigned research project with a NWS meteorologist
• Submit summer research to the 2017 National Weather Association annual conference

Additional Activities and Duties that are offered while volunteering at NWS Sterling include:
• Becoming familiar with NWS operations, policies and procedures, software and computer systems, and hydrological/meteorological products
• Become upper-air certified
• Join NWS meteorologists in post-event severe weather analysis including storm surveys
• Make and receive phone calls during severe weather operations

We have hosted student volunteers from many universities and colleges including: University of Maryland, Ohio State, University of Ohio, Millersville University, Valparaiso, Florida State, Virginia Tech, George Mason University, University of Virginia, Penn State, University of Miami, Tufts, California University of Pennsylvania, NC State, and SUNY Oswego.

Past student projects include:

“Tornado Climatology for the Sterling, VA Weather Forecast Area,”

“A Study of Small Craft Advisories on the Potomac and Upper Chesapeake Bay,”

“Location of Flash Flood Prone Areas,”

“A Study of a Major Washington DC Sleet Storm,”  

“Increased accuracy in predicting severe hail size using Doppler radar,”

“Sociological impacts in the Washington DC Metro Area resulting from the convective winter event of 26 January 2011”

“Total Water Level Forecasting in the Chesapeake Bay and Tidal Potomac”

**Several of our past students have placed highly at the annual NWA conference**


As a reminder, each applicant needs to submit an application, resume and transcript(s) by January 27, 2017. Resume and transcript(s) need to be emailed to Heather. If you have any questions or concerns please email Heather Kenyon at

The 2017 Student Volunteer Program is not a paid program however it may be possible for students to earn class credit. This can be determined by the school’s advisor and/or department head.