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Severe Weather Threat Continues Today; Heavy Snow Across Northern New England

A storm system moving across the Southern and Eastern states will bring severe thunderstorms to parts of South Texas and the Mid-Atlantic states today. To the north, this storm will bring heavy snow and strong winds to northern New England into Friday. A stronger storm system moving across the Southern tier may produce more widespread severe thunderstorms, including tornadoes, this weekend. Read More >


The National Weather Service (NWS) is the agency of the Federal Government charged with providing weather, water, and climate data, along with forecasts and warnings for the protection of life and property and the enhancement of the national economy. Achieving this goal is a team effort, requiring input from a numerous scientists and technical experts across the country. To maintain expertise within the agency we are always looking to foster interest and learning in the next generation of potential NWS employees. Thus we offer a variety of opportunities for interested students that range in complexity from a basic introduction to the NWS, to in depth on the job training.


 

Opportunities for students in the NWS fall into three main categories:

 

Job Shadowing

A good option for students who are interested in or undecided about a career in meteorology, hydrology, atmospheric science or climatology.

Student Volunteering

Suggested for college level students (junior standing or above) who are actively pursuing a degree or career meteorology, atmospheric science, hydrology, climatology, or engineering.

Paid Internships

An excellent option for those planning or seeking a career with the National Weather Service. These are highly competitive and are generally only offered to actively enrolled university or college students with a junior, senior or graduate level standing.

 


*It is entirely possible for a student to progress through all three of the options above on their way to a career in with the NWS. To get more details about each of the opportunities above, check out the tabs to the right.


 

For additional information or help with applying, please contact brian.barjenbruch@noaa.gov


Job shadowing is the most basic program offered by the National Weather Service (NWS) in Omaha. It is aimed at students who are interested in a possible career in meteorology, hydrology, atmospheric science, climatology or engineering, with an emphasis on the operational forecast environment. As part of a job shadow, students receive a tour of our office, spend 2-6 hours with a NWS Omaha meteorologist observing the forecast process, and discuss career opportunities. Parents or guardians are welcome to join their students (encouraged for pre-college level students). There are three levels of job shadow available.


 

LEVEL 1 – High School Students

This level is intended for pre-college students (high school grades 10-12) interested in weather forecasting, meteorology, atmospheric science, hydrology, climatology or engineering as a career. A tour of the NWS facility is provided for the student followed by approximately 2 hours with an NWS meteorologist observing their day to day responsibilities and discussing career/college/university options. As we are a 24/7 operation we are flexible with the times and days for job shadowing, but we recommend 4-6 pm to coincide with our daily weather balloon launch.

Total Approximate Duration: 2 hours

 

LEVEL 2 – Undergraduate Students

This level is intended for freshman or sophomore students actively enrolled at a university or college, who are either interested or already majoring in meteorology, atmospheric science, hydrology, climatology, or engineering. A tour of the NWS facility is provided for the student followed by approximately 4 hours with an NWS meteorologist observing their day to day responsibilities and discussing career opportunities. As we are a 24/7 operation we are flexible with the times and days for job shadowing, but we recommend 2-6 pm to coincide with our daily weather balloon launch.

Total Approximate Duration: 4 hours

 

LEVEL 3 – Graduate Students

This level is intended for students nearing graduation or in graduate school, who are majoring in meteorology, atmospheric science, hydrology, climatology, or engineering. This option is similar to Level 2, offering a tour of the NWS facility and an opportunity to discuss day to day operations and career options with an NWS meteorologist. Additional options may also be provided for the student to come in on a day with active weather at the student’s request.  As we are a 24/7 operation we are flexible with the times and days for job shadowing, but we recommend at least dropping by for the 2-6 pm time period so you can experience our daily weather balloon launch.

Total Approximate Duration: 4-8 hours

 


 

For additional information or help with applying, please contact brian.barjenbruch@noaa.gov


The Student Volunteer Program at the National Weather Service (NWS) in Omaha is a step above the job shadow program, offering students an opportunity to spend 1-2 days a week in a professional setting during a spring, summer or fall semester. This program is fully volunteer (non-paid) and allows students to work one-on-one with members of the NWS Omaha staff, while gaining valuable work experience in an operational environment. The volunteer program is competitive, and provides students with mentoring and the opportunity to conduct a research project focused on local topics. Student volunteer positions are best suited for junior, senior or graduate level students who are actively majoring meteorology, atmospheric science, hydrology, climatology, or engineering.


 

Application Deadlines

  • Fall 2020: June 15, 2020
  • Spring 2021: October 15, 2020
  • Summer 2021: February 15, 2021
  • Fall 2021: June 15, 2021
  • Summer 2021: February 15, 2021

 

Requirements

  • U.S. Citizenship
  • Undergraduate (going into junior or senior year) or graduate college student
  • Students should have an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Completed an Introductory Meteorology course
  • Be able to provide fingerprints and pass a background security investigation

 

Application Process

Students interesting in applying to a volunteer position at NWS Omaha need to complete the following to be considered:

  • Application Form (Google Form)
  • Submit a 1-2 page resume
  • Submit a current college transcript (An unofficial transcript is acceptable, but we will ultimately need an official copy if you are selected)

Once the deadline for applications has passed, we will review all the submitted applications and make a selection. An interview by phone or Skype may be requested as part of the selection process.

If you are selected you will need to submit fingerprints and pass a background security investigation. This is required for all volunteers or potential employees at federal agencies, and can take 6-8 weeks. Once the background check is complete, we will contact you to discuss a schedule for your volunteer period.

 

Expectations & Duties

Volunteer Hours: Students should expect to spend 8-12 hours per week volunteering at NWS Omaha.

Research Project: During your first week volunteering, we will discuss and lay out a plan for a research project. Research projects are generally focused on a student’s area of interest with the goal of providing a tangible benefit to the office. An opportunity will be provided at the end of your volunteer period for you to present your research findings to the NWS Omaha staff.

 

Additional Expectations

  • Students will become familiar with NWS operations, policies and procedures, software and computer systems, and hydrological/meteorological products
  • Assist meteorologists during severe weather operations
  • Students may join NWS staff for COOP visits and assist in upper air duties
  • Opportunities to participate in post-event severe weather verification may occur
  • The opportunity to become upper air certified may be considered
  • Student may be able to get college credit for their volunteer hours


 

For additional information or help with applying, please contact brian.barjenbruch@noaa.gov


Paid internship positions within the National Weather Service (NWS) can be a challenge to find and are generally very completive. They are not offered directly by local forecast offices (though local offices including NWS Omaha routinely host paid interns), but rather determined at the national level. That said, they offer one of the most in-depth and challenging introductions to a career with the NWS. It his highly recommended that anyone seeking a career with the NWS consider applying for these positions when they become available.

 

Paid internships with the NWS are offered through the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Pathways Program. This program offers students an opportunity to work directly for the NWS while in school, and the chance to be converted to a full time employee upon successful completion of the program.


 

For additional information or help with applying, please contact brian.barjenbruch@noaa.gov