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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 and forecast creation.  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 2018 and continuing through the middle of August 2018.  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:  March 10, 2018.  We currently have two slots available for Summer 2018.

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:

  • Data Acquisition Desk
    • Volunteer will learn to perform the duties of the Data Acquisition Desk, which forms the backbone of duties performed by newly hired Meteorologist Interns.  This will include the following:
      • Transmitting routine data products (RTP/STP)
      • QC and transmit hydrologic products (RVD)
      • Prepare the synopsis for NOAA Weather Radio
      • QC NOAA Weather Radio broadcasts and perform weekly EAS tests
      • In a training capacity, assist the data acquisition staff with upper air balloon launches, including becoming familiar with the RRS software system, and launch procedures.
      • Assist staff in answering routine public service requests via telephone.
  • Systems Proficiency
    • Volunteer will learn to use the Advanced Weather Interactive Processing System (AWIPS) to retrieve, edit, and transmit text products.
    • Learn to use AWIPS to view meteorological data, including how to create and execute procedures.
    • Become familiar with the WSR-88D radar, including basic radar interpretation, and an understanding of how the radar operates.
  • Weather Monitoring and Forecasting
    • In a training capacity, assist the forecast staff in monitoring current weather conditions, including manual surface analysis, and assessment of forecast model output.
    • Assist with preparation and issuance of several forecast products.
  • Research/Special Projects
    • Assist the forecast staff with a special project or research study.  Work on all projects will be coordinated through the Science and Operations Officer.

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 you learned and/or participated in, and a brief description of any projects you worked on.