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National Weather Service in Gaylord, MI Seeking Students for

Virtual Summer Volunteer Internship


Description: The National Weather Service in Gaylord, MI seeks a motivated student that desires to learn about operational meteorology and the operations of a local weather service office.  In this internship, students will learn many aspects of the day-to-day operations of the office, including forecast operations (analysis/diagnosis/prognosis) and forecast communication (introduction to impact-based decision support services).  The student may also have the opportunity to participate in an office research project.  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: One to two virtual meetings per week via Google Meet (~1 to 2 hours per session) starting the first week of June through the first week of August 2021 with a week off during the week of July 4th.  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.  You will also need to submit a copy of your school transcript that must show the current semester of enrollment.  Since this is a virtual internship, no additional paperwork will be required.  A Google account is preferred for document sharing but not required.

Deadline:  Friday April 30, 2021.  We currently have one slot available for Summer 2021.

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. National Weather Service Overview
    • ​NWS structure

    • Career types within the NWS

    • NWS hiring process

  2. Introduction to Impact Based Decision Support Services

    • Communicating forecast information to partners

    • Practice developing Weather Story graphics and social media posts based on current messaging

  3. Forecast Process

    • Chart analysis

    • Analysis and diagnosis

    • Forecast process

    • Severe weather operations

  4. Research/Special Projects

    • Participate in a special project or research study (Science and Operations Officer)

Volunteers will participate in two sessions per week of about 1 to 2 hours in length as we cover various aspects of National Weather Service operations as well as lay a foundation of operational forecasting skills.  We are expecting to conduct this over a 9 week period starting the week of 30 May (one session) and ending the week of 1 August (two sessions per week through the rest of the program for a total of 17 sessions).  While not required...volunteers will be strongly encouraged to have a Google account so that documents can be shared through Google Drive.