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Deadline to apply is February 29, 2020. Please make sure to complete all steps listed in the How do I Apply? section.


Are you a college student studying atmospheric science and interested in learning what we do at the National Weather Service (NWS)?

If your answer is “YES,” consider volunteering with the NWS in Binghamton!

Our competitive program offers students majoring in atmospheric science or hydrology a baseline understanding of the structure, mission requirements, and duties of the NWS. If selected, you will:

  • Become familiar with our forecast operations, allowing you to see how your education could be applied to operational meteorology
  • Experience real-time severe weather operations
  • Have additional opportunities to participate in storm damage surveys, outreach events, or complete an operationally-focused research project

Full-time students with a declared major of atmospheric science, meteorology, or hydrology are eligible. Preference will be given to those who are interested in a future career with the NWS1 and who will be completing at least their sophomore year this spring. (All classes are encouraged to apply). You do not need to receive credit through your academic institution to be eligible2.

Program Details:

For the unpaid summer program, you’re expected to volunteer 2-3 days (16-24 hours) per week from late May through mid-August. (We're fairly flexible on your work hours and exact start/stop times.) Additional opportunities beyond the summer program could also exist.

How do I apply? What happens after I apply?

Submit a complete application package by February 29, 2020.  This includes:

  • Submit copies of your résumé and unofficial college transcripts using this form (Gmail account required) or email them to


NOTE:  An incomplete application package will NOT be considered.

  • All application packages will be reviewed by NWS staff
  • Phone interviews will then be conducted for the top candidates in mid to late March
  • Applicants will be notified of their status by April 10, so that summer plans can be made and background security checks completed
Want more information?

Contact Jared Klein, Science and Operations Officer/Student Volunteer Program Coordinator at

1Participation in this program neither guarantees nor requires a future job with the NWS.

2Graduating seniors, however, will need to receive academic credit to be eligible for the program.