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2023 Student Volunteer Program





Are you a college student studying atmospheric science and interested in learning what we do at the National Weather Service (NWS)?  

If yes, consider volunteering this summer at the NWS Weather Forecast Office located in Slidell, LA.


Our competitive program offers students majoring in atmospheric science or hydrology a baseline understanding of the structure, mission requirements, and duties of the NWS.  If selected, you will:

  • Become familiar with NWS forecast operations, allowing you to see how your education could be applied to operational meteorology
  • Experience real-time severe weather operations

  • Have additional opportunities to participate in storm damage surveys, outreach events, upper-air balloon observations, or complete an operationally-focused research project




Full-time college students with a declared major of atmospheric science, meteorology, or hydrology are eligible.  Preference will be given to those who are interested in a future career with the NWS(1) and who will be completing at least their sophomore year this spring although all are encouraged to apply.  You do not need to receive credit through your academic institution to be eligible(2).


 Program Details:


This is an unpaid position. Selected students will be expected to volunteer at the office 2-3 days (16-20 hours) per week from mid May through early August.  We can offer some schedule flexibility to work around other obligations you may have (e.g., school or work). Additional opportunities beyond the summer program could also exist.


  How do I apply?


 What happens after I apply?


Submit a complete application package by February 15, 2023.  This includes:

  • Complete the online application.

  • Submit copies of your résumé, unofficial college transcripts, and cover letter (optional) using this form (Gmail account required) or email them to the point of contacts listed in the next section.

  • Please make sure your application does not include sensitive personally identifiable information such as SSN, drivers license, place or date of birth, etc.

  • All application packages will be reviewed by the student volunteer program team at NWS Slidell in mid to late February.

  • Phone interviews will then be conducted for the top candidates starting in late February and continuing into March.

  • Applicants will be notified of their status by the end of March, so that summer plans can be arranged and/or background security checks completed in time (if selected).


NOTE:  An incomplete application package will not be considered.


Want more information?  Contact:


  Jared Klein
    Science and Operations Officer (SOO)
    NWS New Orleans/Baton Rouge



  Mike Efferson
    Student Volunteer Program Focal Point
    NWS New Orleans/Baton Rouge



(1) Participation in this program neither guarantees nor requires a future job with the NWS.

(2) Graduating seniors, however, will need to be enrolled in an academic program to be eligible for the program.