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National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP)

Summer Student Internship Program

 

 

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Overview

The National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) is "Where America's Climate and Weather Services Begin". Virtually all the meteorological data collected over the globe arrives at NCEP, where environmental scientists analyze this information and generate a wide variety of environmental guidance information. NCEP delivers national and global weather, water, climate and space weather guidance, forecasts, warnings and analyses to a broad range of users and partners. These products and services respond to user needs to protect life and property, enhance the nation's economy, and support the nation's growing need for environmental information.

NCEP is offering up to 10 paid summer internships targeted towards current 2nd and 3rd year undergraduate and enrolled graduate students to work in areas that will meet the future needs of the ever-broadening user community and address the strategic climate-water-weather issues. Each student will collaborate with one or more scientists at our five centers located in College Park, MD: Climate Prediction Center, Environmental Modeling Center, NCEP Central Operations, Ocean Prediction Center, and Weather Prediction Center.

Eligibility

Must be enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree program, and be a U.S. Citizen willing to undergo a security background check.

Students from the following majors are welcome to apply: math, physics, meteorology, atmospheric and climate science, computer science, engineering, and social science.

Program Details

Internships are full time for 10 weeks between June and August, with a preferred starting date in early June.

Participants may be involved in projects such as:

  • Activities that improve understanding of forecasting problems
  • Activities that address some critical aspect of operational model development
  • Incorporation of social science knowledge and practices to communicate forecast uncertainty
  • Activities that will create new data analysis techniques with wide application and usefulness in operational forecasting

 

In addition to their project, participants attend lectures, participate in workshops to build skills and knowledge relevant to the job, and present their projects in both written and oral formats. The internship is approximately 40 hours per week.

We provide:

  • Internship stipend ($5000)
  • Furnished housing
  • Travel allowance to get to and from College Park, MD

Prior Participants

 

How to Apply

Applications are due February 1, 2019.

1. Please prepare a single PDF which includes the following:

  • A personal statement (2-3 pages) describing your relevant career interests and past experiences in your area of interest and why you are applying for this NCEP internship. Please include mention of which NCEP Center you are most interested in and why.
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • A transcript (unofficial is sufficient) from your institution

Applications will be accepted mid-November 2018 

 

Questions

Email ncepinternships@noaa.gov if you have questions: 

 

FAQs​ 

Question: Do I need to know any computer programming languages?

Answer: Depending on your project, you may be expected to know how to do some coding. Computer languages typically used for student projects include Python, Fortran, C++.

Question: Can I apply if I am senior in a 5 year program?

Answer: The internship is only for enrolled sophomores, juniors and graduates students.

Question: Can I apply if I am deciding on a graduate school?

Answer: The internship is only for enrolled graduates students.

Question: My major is not included on the list of eligible majors. Can I still apply?

Answer: If your career interests, educational background, and experience are in line with NCEP’s mission and activities, then you may be eligible.  

Question: When will applicants be notified of the status of their application?

Answer: All students will be notified in the beginning of March.

Question: What kind of student projects will be offered?

Answer: Projects will vary from year to year. Here are examples of previous student projects:

  • Verification of Weather Prediction Center Freezing Rain Guidance using ASOS Ice Accretion Observations
  • The Influence of the Appalachian Mountains on the Precipitation Transition Zone
  • Examining the Prediction of Heavy Rainfall Events during Winter in the Western U.S. and Effects from Meteorological Environments
  • Atlantic Hurricane Force Storms: Identifying Stratospheric Air Intrusions and the Effects of Hurricane Force Wind Events on the Iceberg Limit
  • Diagnosing Geospatial Uncertainty Visualization Challenges in Seasonal Temperature and Precipitation Forecasts
  • NMME Upgrades Re(scripting-processing-visualizing)
  • Parameterizing subsurface karst geology within the Noah Land Surface Model (LSM)
  • Objective Tropical Cyclone Characterization for Model Development
  • Upgrades to the Regression Test Framework on WAVEWATCH III
  • Visualization of Secondary Eyewalls in Operational HWRF
  • Evaluation of NAM Meteorological Predictions for Driving the North American Air Quality Forecasting Capability Predictions
  • Evaluating High-Resolution Model Performance of Convective Initiation During Severe Weather Events
  • An Overview of NCEP: Products, Services and Impacts