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The National Weather Service values the relationships it has with universities across the country that collaborate on state-of-the-science research, all the while preparing future scientists who may become part of the NWS workforce after college.

Three NOAA programs provide a direct link between government and academia. What also makes these partnerships unique is that in some cases, NWS offices are co-located on college campuses. NWS Weather Forecast Offices and River Forecast Centers lead and participate in joint research projects and developmental efforts conducted with the collocated university or research centers. These types of collaborations motivate and train a new generation of meteorologists to discover ways to provide better weather forecasts and warnings for the protection of the public and to foster research projects that will advance the science of weather and climate.

Collaborative Science Technology and Applied Research (CSTAR) Program

The CSTAR Program represents a NOAA/NWS effort to create a cost-effective transition from basic and applied research to operations and services through collaborative research between operational forecasters and academic institutions which have expertise in the environmental sciences. These activities engage researchers and students in applied research of interest to the operational meteorological community and improve the accuracy of forecasts and warnings of environmental hazards by applying scientific knowledge and information to operational products and services.

Student Employment Programs

National Weather Service student programs give students across the nation direct information to the different student employment opportunities offered. The programs listed in the website below offer participants an opportunity to learn how NWS operates as a federal agency carrying out its mission to protect and serve by providing timely weather related information and products.

NOAA Cooperative Institutes

The NOAA Cooperative Institutes are academic and non-profit research institutions that demonstrate the highest level of performance and conduct research that supports NOAA's Mission Goals and Strategic Plan. Cooperative Institutes are located at institutions whose geographic expanse extends from Hawaii to Maine and from Alaska to Florida

  Student Employment Program - NOAA Hollings undergraduate student poster presentation at a conference NOAA’s current 16 cooperative institutes and locations.