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NWS Cleveland 2021 Summer Student Volunteer Program

Resumes Due: March 22, 2021


Important - Due to COVID-19, the 2021 volunteer internship will be completed remotely.


Description - The National Weather Service in Cleveland seeks a motivated student that desires to learn more about the operations in a local weather service office while conducting research relevant to National Weather Service operations. This is an unpaid internship. 

Research will largely be conducted independently after an initial online meeting with subsequent weekly checkups. There will also be the opportunity for students to have additional virtual sessions discussing NWS careers and engage in office science-sharing meetings. The students may also complete training relevant to operational forecasters. This will give students the opportunity to determine whether a career with the National Weather Service may be right for them. 


Research Focus:  NWS Cleveland Lake Effect Snow Analog Project

  • To help create a lake effect snow analog using past lake effect snow events and the NWS Cleveland localized snow spotter database

Special Skills Required:

A general understanding of lake enhanced precipitation generation is required. The student will need to be able to interpret and analyze sounding, dual pol radar, and forecast model data in order to establish the necessary environmental parameters favorable for the life cycle of lake effect snow.  

A successful candidate will also have the following skill sets:

  • Prior experience with scientific data collection

  • Experience with Microsoft Excel and performing statistical analysis

  • Good scientific writing ability to be able to describe lake effect snow events in a narrative

  • GIS mapping experience (Optional, but helpful)

Length of Internship - Available to volunteer for at least 10 hours per week on average between mid May and early August (Approx. 120 hours total for summer)


Eligibility - The volunteer program will be available for students:

  • Majoring in Meteorology or other related sciences

  • At least a half-time student pursuing an undergraduate (or graduate) degree in meteorology or atmospheric science that has (by summer 2021) completed their sophomore or junior year. 

  • Be in good academic standing

  • Should reside within the CLE Forecast area


What we need from you - A cover letter stating your interest in the internship and why we should select you, a resume including at least 1 reference, and an unofficial copy of your transcripts. ***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.


How you will be chosen - Applicants will be selected based on a combination of coursework, reference, resume, cover letter, and a potential interview via google meet. 



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