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NWS Cleveland 2020 Summer Student Volunteer Program

Resumes Due: March 15, 2020


The National Weather Service forecast office in Cleveland, Ohio is currently accepting resumes through March 15, 2020 for student volunteers for the summer of 2020. The student volunteer program is designed to provide undergraduate and graduate level students the opportunity to learn about the science of weather forecasting, along with education about other NOAA agencies. This is done through several approaches, including research, job shadowing and computer-based learning.

The main emphasis of this student volunteer program is to have each student volunteer learn more and be involved in the operational and research functions of the NWS Cleveland Office. A majority of a student’s time will be focused on working on an assigned project which may include storm data acquisition and entry, website/HTML development, GIS and weather communication and outreach. In addition, it is the NWS Cleveland Office’s goal to involve each student volunteer into our day-to-day operations, including job shadowing, severe weather operations, and social media.

The student volunteer program, though not a paying position, has many benefits for students and graduates. Competition for positions within the National Weather Service has increased in recent years, and it has proven beneficial for recent college graduates to have prior forecasting operational experience when they apply for positions within the NWS. Many students have also utilized their research conducted at the NWS towards gaining college credit. In addition, the research skills and understanding of weather forecasting will ultimately help the students in future career choices.

Due to resource restraints, only two students will be selected this summer to the student volunteer program through a competitive application and interview process.

The volunteer program will be available for current undergraduate or graduate level students:

  • Majoring in Meteorology or other related sciences
  • Available to volunteer for at least 10 hours per week on average between late May and early August (Approx. 120 hours total for summer)
  • Be in good academic standing
  • Should reside within the CLE Forecast area

Expectations of the student volunteer at the NWS Cleveland office include:

  • Expected to be able to participate in the program from May through August and complete an average of 10 hours per week in the office or participating in office-related functions.
  • Assist with various office-approved projects with assigned mentors.
  • Shadow each forecast desks at least once over the course of the summer.
  • Will be trained and will participate in office social media activities, including creating routine office posts and monitoring social media during high impact events.
  • Encouraged to participate in office outreach efforts, including spotter trainings, safety talks, etc. if available.
  • At the end of the summer, the volunteer will give a presentation to the NWS Cleveland staff on their summer work.
  • Will conduct themselves in a professional and respectful manner.
  • Expected to wear proper business-casual attire.
  • Will abide by all security and safety rules.

If you have questions or would like to learn more about the program please contact Sarah Jamison at

Resumes and inquiries will not be considered after March 15, 2020. For those interested students who wish to be considered for a student volunteer position, please submit your resume and transcripts (official or unofficial is fine) to Sarah Jamison and the NWS Cleveland office by the March 15 deadline. In your resume, please include a section on all applicable work experience, the most relevant coursework, any extracurricular activities, your summer availability (range of dates and times that you will generally be available), and at least two references (not related to you) that can speak to both your character and work ethic.


Ways to submit your resume and transcripts: (SEE IMPORTANT NOTE BELOW)

Mail: Sarah Jamison

        NWS Cleveland

        Federal Facilities Building

        Cleveland Hopkins Airport

        5301 West Hanger Road

        Cleveland, Ohio 44135


Fax: (216)-265-2371


***Important Note: All information included in your resume/transcript submission will be viewed only by selecting officials. However, note that sending Personally Identifiable Information (PII) insecurely via email is a violation of US privacy law and information security. Thus, if emailing a resume and any supporting documents, please ensure that all PII is removed or redacted. PII includes but is not limited to: Social Security Numbers, Date of Birth, Driver’s License or Passport Numbers, and any other information that may distinguish individual identity.