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The National Weather Service Forecast Office in Upton, NY (central Suffolk County Long Island) provides opportunities for students considering careers in atmospheric sciences, hydrology, electronic engineering and information technology. There are three types of programs that are available to students.

Note: For Full-Time Employment, visit: https://www.usajobs.gov/StudentsAndGrads

Some internships are announced here: https://www.usajobs.gov/Search?Internship=Yes

In addition, the American Meteorological Society (AMS) has listings of internships: http://www.nws.noaa.gov/cgi-bin/nwsexit.pl?url=http://www.ametsoc.org/amsstudentinfo/internships.html

 

The following is a summary of the three (3) types of programs that are available for students at Upton, NY:

1. STUDENT EDUCATIONAL EMPLOYMENT PROGRAMS (Paid Employment)

As of Jan 6, 2012, there are no vacancies available for paid student employment programs at Upton, NY. We will post more information when it becomes available.

 

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2. STUDENT VOLUNTEER (Non-Pay)

As of Jan 6, 2012, we have filled our opportunities for summer volunteer internships for 2012.  We are accepting applications for the Fall 2012 semester from local area students.

Please forward a "statement of interest" along with a resume to the contact listed at the bottom of this page if interested in these opportunities.

  • This program is intended for upper level (going into junior or senior year) undergraduate students, or graduate level students in meteorology, atmospheric science, hydrology, computer science or engineering.
  • Up to four students are accommodated at any period of time.
  • Students must be enrolled in an independent study/internship program through there school to participate for which the school may award academic credit for the student's activities in this program. See your local educational institution for details.
  • Students work flexible hours as agreed upon in advance.
  • The student volunteer period is generally during the summer or a traditional semester, but may extend longer.
  • Background security investigation and fingerprinting are required - these are accomplished by the NWS once accepted.
  • Students should have an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • This is NOT an intern position and should be noted as a Student Volunteer position when applying for future employment.
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.

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3. JOB SHADOW

As of Jan 6, 2011, a limited number of Job Shadows are available at Upton, NY.

There are three levels of "Job Shadow" available to students. U.S. Citizenship is required.

  • LEVEL 1 - Pre-College
    • This level is intended for pre-college students interested in meteorology, atmospheric science, hydrology, information technology, and or electronics engineering as a career. A tour of the NWS facility is provided for the student followed by approximately two (2) hours with an appropriate NWS employee (meteorologist) observing and discussing career opportunities. These are usually done in the evening 5-7 pm to coincide with our daily upper air (weather balloon) observing activities.
    • Total Approximate Time: 1 Day (3-4 hours)
  • LEVEL 2 - Undergraduate Students
    • This level is intended for freshman and sophomore students enrolled in a university, college or technical program majoring in meteorology, atmospheric science, hydrology, information technology, and or electronics engineering. It is also for college students considering these fields as a major.
    • A tour of the NWS facility will be provided for the student followed by approximately four (4) hours with an appropriate NWS employee (meteorologist) observing and discussing career opportunities. The student will also meet with members of the local NWS management team to further discuss future career study options.
    • Total Approximate Time: 1 Day (5-6 hours)
  • LEVEL 3 - Upper level Undergraduate and Graduate Students
    • This level is intended for students nearing graduation or in graduate school majoring in meteorology, atmospheric science, hydrology, information technology, and or electronics engineering. The program is the same as level II, however it is expanded for up to three 6-hour days at the NWS office. The expanded time is intended to give the student a more comprehensive understanding of what it is like to work at an NWS Forecast Office. Prior participation in a Level 1 or 2 job shadow is permitted but not required.
    • Total Approximate Time: 3 Days (6-8 hours/day)

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Interested students, teachers and counselors in any of these programs should contact:

Jeffrey S. Tongue, Science and Operations Officer
National Weather Service
175 Brookhaven Ave.
Upton, NY 11973

(631) 924-0593 ext. 224
e-mail: jeffrey.tongue@noaa.gov

 

Forms:
- OF-306 (PDF fillable)
- OF-612 (PDF fillable)
- Security Cover Sheet (.doc)
- Fingerprint Cards (obtain from NWS)
- SCEP/STEP Agreement (.doc)
- Volunteer Agreement (.doc)

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Scholarships

 

1. Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Program: The Hollings Scholarship Program provides successful undergraduate applicants with awards that include academic assistance (up to a maximum of $8,000 per year) for full-time study during the 9-month academic year; a 10-week, full-time internship position ($650/week) during the summer at a NOAA facility; and, if reappointed, academic assistance (up to a maximum of $8,000) for full-time study during a second 9-month academic year.

CLICK HERE for full information.

 

2. American Meteorological Society

3. National Weather Association

4. The Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship

 


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