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National Weather Service in Gaylord, MI Seeking Students for

Summer Volunteer Internship


Description: The National Weather Service in Gaylord, MI seeks motivated students that desire to learn more about the operations in a local weather service office.  In this internship, students will learn many aspects of the day-to-day operations of the office, including warning operations, forecast creation, and decision support services.  In addition, the student will have the opportunity to participate in office research and outreach.  This will give the student an opportunity to determine whether a career with the National Weather Service is of interest to them.


Length of Internship:  Averages two days per week (~10 to 20 hours) starting in middle to late May 2020 and continuing through the middle of August 2020.  This is an unpaid internship.


Eligibility:  At least a half-time student pursuing a major in meteorology or atmospheric science that has completed at least their sophomore year.


What Is Required:  A cover letter stating your interest in the internship and why we should select you. In addition, please send your resume that includes the coursework you have completed and any related experience, and at least one reference from your current meteorology department.  Upon selection, there will be additional forms that will need to be filled out, including fingerprint cards.  You will also need to submit a copy of your school transcript that must show the current semester of enrollment.


Deadline:  Friday March 20, 2020.  We currently have one slot available for Summer 2020.

Please send your information to:


National Weather Service

c/o John Boris

8800 Passenheim Rd.

Gaylord, MI 49735


Questions can be addressed via the e-mail address above or by calling the office at (989) 731-3384 ext 766

Student Volunteer Program Position Description

Major Duties:

  1. Data Acquisition Duties/Impact-Based Decision Support Services
    • ​Learn data acquisition duties and assist in the provision of impact-based decision support services (IDSS).  These tasks form the backbone of duties performed by many newly hired meteorologists.  This will include the following:
      • ​Create and transmit routine data and hydrologic products (RTP/STP/RVD)
      • Quality control of NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts and perform weekly EAS tests
      • In a training capacity, assist with upper air balloon launches, including becoming familiar with RRS software system and launch procedures
      • Assist with IDSS tasks:
        • Development of Weather Story graphics/Graphicasts/Situation Reports/Event Specific Forecast Threat Matrices
        • Assist staff in answering routine public service requests via telephone and social media platforms
  2. Systems Proficiency
    • ​​Learn use of the Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System (AWIPS):
      • To retrieve, edit, and transmit text products
      • To view meteorological data, including how to create and execute procedures
    • Basics of the WSR-88D system through training modules and the Weather Event Simulator (WES)
    • Complete IT Security Awareness course
  3. Weather Monitoring/Forecast Support
    • ​​In a training capacity, assist the forecast staff in monitoring current weather conditions, including manual surface analysis and assessment of forecast model output
  4. Research/Special Projects
    • Participate in a special project or research study (Science and Operations Officer)
    • Participate in an outreach event, if available (Warning Coordination Meteorologist)
    • Participate in a co-op observer visit (Operations Program Leader)
    • Participate in a hydrology field visit (Hydrology Program Leader)

Upon completion of the program, the student volunteer should be able to demonstrate proficiency in each of these areas.  Volunteers will also complete a short (1-3 page) report summarizing the internship. Content should include the number of hours worked, operational activities learned and/or participated in, and a brief description of any projects worked on or events participated in.