The National Weather Service (NWS) forecast office in Newport, NC is currently accepting applications through March 1, 2015, for student volunteers for the summer of 2015. The student volunteer program is available for current undergraduate and graduate students. This program is designed to provide students with an opportunity to learn about the science of weather forecasting, along with education about other NOAA agencies. This is done through several approaches including computer based learning, research, and job shadowing.
The student volunteer program, though not a paying position, has many benefits for students and graduates. Competition for positions within the NWS has increased in recent years, and it has proven beneficial for recent college graduates to have prior operational forecasting experience when they apply for positions within the NWS. Due to resource restraints, only a few students are selected to the student volunteer program through a competitive application process. Several of our previous volunteers have gone onto graduate school, jobs within the National Weather Service as well as private sector positions in the field of meteorology.
The volunteer program will be available for current undergraduate or graduate level students:
- Majoring in meteorology or other related sciences
- Available to volunteer for at least 120 hours between late May and early August
- Be in good academic standing
Students will be required to complete a research project during their time at the office. The research can cover a range of topics from specific forecasting challenges to significant event reviews. Previous student research topics include:
- Improving Sea Fog Recognition and Forecasts along the North Carolina Coast
- Localized One Inch Hail study
- Sea Surface Temperature Climatology
- Severe Weather Climatology for Eastern North Carolina
- Severe Wind and Downburst Potential study using RAOB
- Updating Flood Impact Categories at Local Non-Forecast points
- Coastal Flood/Storm Surge Inundation Research
- The Use of WEMo along the North Carolina Intracoastal Waterway
Through pre-arranged coordination with their university, students may be able to receive college credit for volunteer time with the NWS. The primary goal of the volunteer program is that the research skills and understanding of weather forecasting that the volunteer will gain will ultimately help the student in future career choices.
Expectations of the student volunteers at the NWS Newport include:
- Each volunteer will be expected to be able to participate in the program from late May through early August and complete a minimum of 120 volunteer hours in the office or participating in office related functions.
- The volunteer will conduct an office approved research project with assigned mentors. The volunteer will present their research to the staff at the end of the internship.
- Volunteers will complete a core set of required LMS and locally created training modules.
- Each volunteer will shadow a minimum of five operational shifts.
- Volunteers will be trained and encouraged to participate actively in office social media activities, including creating routine office posts and monitoring social media during high impact events.
- The volunteers will be encouraged to participate during office outreach efforts, including spotter training, hurricane/safety fairs, town hall meetings, etc.
- The volunteers will conduct themselves in a professional and respectful manner.
- Volunteers are expected to wear proper casual-business attire.
- Volunteers will abide by all security and safety rules
If you have questions or are interested in meteorology and would like to learn more about the program please contact Casey.Dail@noaa.gov (252-223-5122).
Applications will not be considered after March 1, 2015. For those interested students who wish to apply, please complete the application below, including transcripts, and apply one of the following ways:
Fax: (252) 223-3673
Mail: 533 Roberts Road, Newport, NC 28570