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NWS Jackson is seeking applicants for our remote student volunteer program


Fall/Spring 2021/2022 virtual opportunities available beginning the first week of October - Applications due September 17th

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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


Student Volunteer Program

The National Weather Service Jackson, MS student volunteer program provides an opportunity for students of meteorology and related fields (emergency management, hydrology, GIS, information technology, social science) to receive experience working with professionals in our office. Due to the ongoing pandemic, this program is currently virtual. Volunteer students will have the opportunity to learn about 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. Volunteer students will be required to conduct practice weather briefings and will have the opportunity to assist with severe weather verification and to complete a project with mentorship from our employees. Our upcoming program will last from the beginning of October through late March or early April with breaks in between for the holidays. Sessions will be in the evening hours. The itinerary (subject to adjustment throughout the program) is:

  • Welcome/Orientation
  • Severe Weather Verification
  • Social Media/Hydro and Public Service Duties
  • Storm Spotter Training
  • Radar
  • Aviation Weather
  • Severe Weather Forecasting
  • Short Term Forecasting
  • Long Term Forecasting
  • Weather Briefings/IDSS
  • IMET Program
  • Tropical Weather
  • Satellite
  • Observation Program
  • Hydrology
  • Winter Weather
  • Fire Weather
  • Damage Surveys
  • Job Interview Best Practices
  • Resume Building


Who can apply?

College students of meteorology and related fields (emergency management, hydrology, GIS, information technology, social science). High school students 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 -]