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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


Summer 2023 Volunteer Program

IMPORTANT: Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the summer 2023 Student Volunteer program will be completed partially or completely remote.

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 2023 (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 (remote) presentation to the staff at the end of the summer

To apply, send the following by March 15th, 2023:

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

Send the above to:

David Zaff - Science and Operations Officer
National Weather Service
587 Aero Drive
Cheektowaga, N.Y. 14225
(716) 565-0204


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:

Dave Zaff
Science and Operations Officer
National Weather Service
587 Aero Drive
Buffalo, NY 14225
(716) - 565 - 0204