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College Student Summer Volunteer Program



Due to safety concerns and restrictions on visitors, we are unable to have a student volunteer in the office this summer. We hope to have the program back up and running for Summer 2021.


NWS Jacksonville Position Description


This position involves working in an operational environment with forecasters at the National Weather Service office in Jacksonville during the Summer 2020 semester. The selected student is expected to volunteer a minimum of 20 hours per week. Volunteer work will include instruction on operational forecasting and a research project and/or introduction to the upper air program (depending on students interests).


Minimum Qualifications


  • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program in meteorology or a related field (such as atmospheric science, environmental science, climatology, hydrology, etc.)
  • In good academic standing (most recent term and cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher)
  • Available to volunteer for 120 hours from mid May to early August


Application Process and Deadlines


Your application must include the following:

Your application may also include up to 3 supporting documents (such as a cover letter, letters of reference, or a writing sample).

You can submit this package one of three ways:

  • Mail hard copy to:

         NWS Jacksonville, FL
         Attn: Katie Nguyen
         13701 Fang Dr.
         Jacksonville, FL 32218

  • Fax documents to:

​         904-741-0078
         Attn: Katie Nguyen

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


Applications are due no later than 5 pm on Friday, March 6th.  


What to Expect


Applicants may be asked to complete a Skype interview (lasting no longer than 30 minutes) later in the month of March.

A selection will be made by April 3rd.

A security background check must be completed before the start of any internship.

Volunteer work in the office is expected to begin in mid May and last through early August.


Other Related Opportunities


NOAA offers several student opportunities, including paid student internships through the Pathways Program and undergraduate scholarships through the Hollings Scholarship Program.

Students are welcome to schedule a tour of the office or a shadow shift, where they can watch a weather balloon launch and see the forecast process in action. Please send an email to one of the points of contact below for more information.


Points of Contact


For more information, please contact:

Katie Nguyen     Student Volunteer Coordinator

Angie Enyedi     Scholastic Outreach Coordinator

Pete Wolf           Science and Operations Officer

Scott Cordero     Meteorologist in Charge