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Wintry Mix in the Northeast; Critical Fire Weather in Southern California

A large storm will bring snow and rain over parts of the Midwest into the Northeast. Heavy lake effect snow is expected down wind from Lakes Erie and Ontario and into New England. Gusty offshore winds will drive several days of critical fire weather in southern California. Above-average to record-breaking temperatures are expected across much of Southern California into Nevada and Arizona Read More >

NWS Jackson is seeking applicants for our student volunteer and job shadow programs


Fall and Spring Opportunities Available

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Student Volunteer Application Requirements

After filling out the online application form, student volunteer applicants will need to submit the following items via email to .

  • Cover Letter/Statement of Interest
  • Resume
  • Unofficial Transcripts

Job shadow students are not required to submit these materials.


Student Volunteer Program

The National Weather Service student volunteer program provides an opportunity for students of meteorology and related fields (emergency management, hydrology, GIS, information technology, social science) to receive hands-on experience working side-by-side with professionals in our office. Volunteer students will have the opportunity to learn how to perform many of the duties performed by our staff and complete related projects and research. Students who decide to seek a career with the National Weather Service will receive mentorship and support from NWS employees.

Job Shadow Program

An alternative program is available for students who aren't ready or able to commit to the full student volunteer program. Job shadow students can shadow up to three shifts with National Weather Service professionals. The objective of this program is to help students assess their interest in the National Weather Service, and more broadly, the field of meteorology (and related fields). Job shadow students still have the opportunity to become student volunteers in the future.

Who can apply?

College students of meteorology and related fields (emergency management, hydrology, GIS, information technology, social science). High school students are welcome to visit our office to job shadow, and those who show strong interest may also be allowed to volunteer.

Is this a paid internship?

National Weather Service student volunteers are unpaid. This program provides an opportunity to receive valuable work experience, receive guidance from trained professionals, and establish contacts within our agency. The National Weather Service does offer a limited number of paid internship positions through the Pathways program. While prior volunteer experience is not required to apply for a Pathways position, it is strongly recommended.

More Information

For more information on the student volunteer program, you can contact our volunteer coordinator Latrice Maxie or our Meteorologist in Charge Bill Parker. You can reach them by calling our office at 601-936-2189 or via email [Latrice Maxie - , Bill Parker -]