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Call For Applications

2018 Summer Student Volunteer Program

Charleston, SC National Weather Service Forecast Office


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The Charleston, SC National Weather Service Forecast Office in North Charleston, SC is accepting applications through February 15th, 2018 for volunteer intern positions for the summer of 2018. This program allows current college students to gain hands-on operational experience in a Weather Forecast Office as well as conduct a guided research project that will be presented at the end of the summer. Students will be selected through a competitive application review and phone interview process.



Program Overview

     The National Weather Service Charleston, SC Forecast Office is responsible for south coastal South Carolina and north Coastal Georgia, including the Savannah, GA and Charleston, SC metro areas. Myriad forecast challenges stem from our diverse user base, ranging from the thriving marine community, ecotourism industry, and commerce hubs along the coast to the rural agricultural regions of our inland areas.

     Students will have the opportunity to become familiar with NWS operations, policies and procedures, software and computer systems, and hydrological/meteorological products. Students will also work with a local meteorologist to conduct meaningful research that will help our office better serve our partners and assure the protection of life and property. Competition for positions within NOAA’s National Weather Service has increased in recent years, and it has proven beneficial for recent college students to have prior forecasting operational experience when they apply for positions within the National Weather Service.



  • Must be enrolled full-time in an undergraduate or graduate program

  • Must be majoring or minoring in Meteorology, Atmospheric Sciences, or a related field

  • Must be a United States citizen

  • Must pass a security screening to have access to the building and computers



The expected duties of the student will be:

  • Volunteer 16 to 20 hours per week from late May through early August (4th of July week off).

  • Work on collaborative research project focusing on the local forecast area. This work will be done alongside a local forecaster, and the result may be eligible to present at scientific conferences at the end of the internship. Examples of past projects can be found here. 

  • Gain valuable experience by shadowing forecasters and assisting with operational tasks as needed.

This is a volunteer program, students will not get paid for their time in the office. It may be possible for the student to gain class credit for their time spent at the office, which will be determined by the student’s academic advisor or department head.


To Apply

Students wishing to apply to the Student Volunteer Program must submit:

  1. An application (found here)

  2. A 1-page resume

  3. A complete transcript of all college coursework (unofficial is acceptable). Please include your name on top of each page.


You can submit this package one of three ways:

1) Mail hard copy to:

    Charleston, SC Weather Forecast Office

    Attn. Carl Barnes

    5777 South Aviation Ave.

    North Charleston, SC 29406

2) Fax documents to:


    Attn. Carl Barnes

3) Email Carl Barnes at and request a secure drop box be set up.

    DO NOT attach the documents to an email - this is not a secure way to send personal information.



If you have any questions, please contact the Student Volunteer Program leader, Carl Barnes, at: