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College Student Program



NWS Jacksonville Student Opportunities 


  • *PAID* Pathways Student Intern position during the Summer of 2022
  • Student Volunteer Positions beginning Fall 2022


NWS Jacksonville Pathways Intern Position Description


This will be a paid student internship where the selected student will work with the NWS Weather Forecast Office in Jacksonville, FL. Due to the current pandemic, the summer appointee may work virtually on some days and in the NWS Jacksonville office other days. If able, we would like to give the student an opportunity to shadow a couple times at the Central Weather Service Unit (CWSU) in Hilliard, FL as well. The student will get a mix of public service training, a project or study, or assist one of our teammates with a programmatic effort or assist with one of our team's (Science Technology and Training, Operations or Decision Support Services) goals. Hopefully if COVID wanes, the student will also have a mix of other in-person experiences (seeing the radar, meeting with Emergency Managers or media, going on an Automated Surface Observing System preventative maintenance trip, etc.). The selected student will also be assigned a mentor to work with.


Pathways Minimum Qualifications


  • Must be a current student

  • If you are graduating this spring, you must include proof of your acceptance into graduate school with your application

  • Be in good academic standing as defined by the educational institution (at least a 2.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale)


Pathways Application Process and Deadlines


This job announcement will be posted to around late January and early February as a 1399 series (physical science student trainee series) GS-4 position. Applications will be completed online through USAJobs.


What to Expect


A security background check must be completed if you are the selected candidate for the Pathways position.
The selectee should be cleared and ready to work by April or May.

Due to the current pandemic, the summer appointee will work a hybrid of virtual and in-person shifts.


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:

Student Volunteer Coordinators: Kirsten Chaney (, Deirdre Dolan (