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The National Weather Service Office in Binghamton offers both summer internship opportunities (unpaid), designed for college students.  In addition we offer job shadows, designed for those in either middle/high school or college.  Paid opportunities also exist.  Please read more below to see what is a best fit for you.  If you have any questions, please contact:

For more information on student and full time employment within the National Weather Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), go to the NOAA Jobs Page at

TIER 1 - Paid Employment


What was formally known as Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP) or Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) has been replaced by the Internship Program.  Go here: for a general overview of what is offered.  Refer to the links below for more specifics on the various programs. 

1. The Internship Program

The Internship Program replaces the Student Career Experience Program (SCEP) and Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP). This Program is designed to provide students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions, from high school to graduate level, with opportunities to work in agencies and explore Federal careers while still in school and while getting paid for the work performed. Students who successfully complete the program may be eligible for conversion to a permanent job in the civil service. Additional information about the Internship Program can be found here:


2. NOAA Ernest F. Hollings Scholarship Program

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Ernest F. Hollings (Hollings) scholarship program is designed to:

  1. increase undergraduate training in oceanic and atmospheric science, research, technology, and education and foster multidisciplinary training opportunities;
  2. increase public understanding and support for stewardship of the ocean and atmosphere and improve environmental literacy;
  3. recruit and prepare students for public service careers with NOAA and other natural resource and science agencies at the federal, state and local levels of government; and
  4. recruit and prepare students for careers as teachers and educators in oceanic and atmospheric science and to improve scientific and environmental education in the United States.

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. The internship between the first and second years of the award provides the Scholars with "hands-on"/ practical educational training experience in NOAA-related science, research, technology, policy, management, and education activities. Awards also include travel funds to attend a mandatory NOAA Scholarship Program orientation, conferences where students present a paper or poster, and a housing subsidy for scholars who do not reside at home during the summer internship.

Go here: for more information on the program.


3. Student Opportunities In NOAA

The Student Opportunities website is designed to provide information about educational opportunities that are available throughout NOAA. Information on scholarships, internships and fellowships including a brief description of each program; application deadline; award amount; dates of opportunity; contact name, telephone number, and e-mail address; and website for the various opportunities are found on this site.

The Special Opportunities section contains student opportunities categorized by geographic location, underrepresented communities and opportunities specific to students with disabilities.

Go here: for more information on the various opportunties.


TIER 2 - Student Volunteer


The National Weather Service at Binghamton, NY Student Volunteer Program is designed for collge students majoring in meteorology, atmospheric science, or hydrology.  Our deadline for this year is March 20th.  We will accept applications throughout the year but know that we usually have a deadline each year sometime in March, and we usually pick qualified candidates by early to mid-April. 

  1. Description:  With this internship you will gain valuable knowledge in the day-to-day operations of the office including warning operations, participating in office outreach and storm surveys, an opportunity to conduct research, and learn whether or not this is a career path you may be interested in.  Length of internship: Averaging 15-25 hours per week, starting late May/early June and lasting until early August. This is an unpaid internship. Start/end dates flexible but you must be committed to being here at on average 2 to 3 days each week.
  2. Eligibility: Full time students majoring in meteorology, atmospheric science, or hydrology.  Preference will be given to those who will be completing at least their sophomore year this spring. You do not need to receive credit through your school to be eligible. The exception will be for graduating seniors who will need to receive credit for the internship to be eligible.  
  3. What we need: A cover letter stating your interest in the internship and why we should select you. Let us know what makes you different from the rest of our applicants. In addition please include a resume that includes your relevant coursework, related experience, and awards you have received. If you have letters of recommendation please also include those
  4. Deadline: Thursday March 20th, 2014
    How you will be chosen: Applicants will be selected based on a combination of coursework, professional and academic references, resume and cover letter, and a phone interview. 
    Please send your information to: or 
    National Weather Service Binghamton
    C/O Douglas Butts 
    32 Dawes Drive 
    Johnson City, NY 13790


TIER 3 - Job Shadow


National Weather Service Binghamton's job shadow program consists of 3 levels.


This level is intended for pre-college students interested in meteorology as a possible career. The student spends 2-4 hours with a WFO BGM meteorologist observing the forecast process, and discussing National Weather Service career opportunities.


This level is intended for freshman and sophomores enrolled in a university meteorology, atmospheric science, or hydrology program, or a student in any other math or science program who is considering meteorology/atmospheric science, or hydrology for future study. The student will spend 6-8 hours at NWS BGM, observing the full range of WFO operations. The student will spend time with each of the duty staff members, observing them prepare and disseminate various forecast products. The student will also meet with members of the WFO BGM management team to further discuss future career and study options.


This level is intended for juniors, seniors, and graduate students enrolled in a university meteorology, atmospheric science, or hydrology program. The program is similar to Level 2, however it is expanded to up to 3 days at the WFO. The expanded time is intended to give the student a more comprehensive understanding of what it is like to work at a National Weather Service field office. Prior participation in a Level 1 or 2 job shadow is permitted but not a requirement.

Please use the links below to navigate through the different programs in our outreach program.