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There are three types of student programs here at NWS Buffalo:

  • Paid Employment
  • Student Volunteer
  • Job Shadow

Paid Employment

Although paid student programs are not directly available through the local NWS office, the Department of Commerce has a new program called Pathways. For more information, please see:

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management

Student Volunteer

Applications for the Summer 2024 Student Volunteer Program are not being accepted at this time. 

Summer Volunteer Program

Goal:  Provide college students with an experience in a guided atmospheric science research project while getting to see what a career in operational meteorology is like at a National Weather Service Forecast Office.

Applicant requirement:

  • College students enrolled in an Atmospheric Science, Meteorology or Hydrology program for the Fall of the next school year (in either undergraduate or graduate program), and have completed their sophomore year
  • College students with an interest in a career within the National Weather Service
  • Students with flexibility to participate for 3 to 4 days a week, 3 to 4 hours per day, generally between 80 – 100 hours over a two-and-a-half-month period (late May through early August)

What are some of the things you will be doing while volunteering with the Buffalo NWS?

  • Contribute to research projects while working remotely with other volunteer students and NWS staff
  • Complete assigned and self-chosen meteorology learning modules on line
  • Watch assigned videos to observe different operational meteorology aspects from office tour and weather balloon launches to equipment related repairs and maintenance
  • Meetings with meteorologist on a weekly to bi-weekly basis (as time permits) to discuss progress of different tasks, career related discussion, or any other types of questions you may have
  • One on one training with a meteorologist via Google Meet, going over office computers and programs to issue forecasts, warnings, etc.
  • Participate in a severe weather event reviews remotely, video calls with national centers, etc.
  • Miscellaneous activities as agreed upon by the student volunteer and NWS management
  • Complete a written summary on the experiences with the student volunteer program, and give a 15-20 minute presentation to the staff at the end of the summer

When applicable, send the following:

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Most recent transcript (official or unofficial)


Job Shadow

The NWS Buffalo Job Shadow program is intended for students interested in meteorology as a possible career.  The students spend around 2-4 hours with a NWS Buffalo meteorologist observing the forecast process, and discussing NWS career opportunities.

Interested students should contact:

Heather Kenyon 


Steve Welch