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 Student Programs
The National Weather Service, New York, NY office (located in central Suffolk County, Long Island) provides limited opportunities for students considering careers in:
  • atmospheric sciences (meteorology)
  • hydrology
  • electronic engineering
  • information technology
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Note: For full time employment, visit: https://www.usajobs.gov

 Pathways Program (Paid Employment)
  • The only form of paid employment opportunities through the NWS is through the Pathways Program.
  • Pathways is designed for both undergraduate and graduate students.
  • This program offers students formal periods of work experience directly related to their academic field of study.
  • Participants in this program may be eligible for permanent employment without competition after successfully completing their education and work requirements.
  • Guidelines and the number of openings are determined on a regional and national scale, and are subject to budgetary limitations.

  • For more information about the PATHWAYS program, click the image below:

    Pathways

     Volunteer Program
    We are accepting applications for the 2018 - 2019 academic year from local area students.
    Please forward a "statement of interest" along with a resume to the contact listed at the bottom of this page if interested in this opportunity.
    • This program is intended for upper level (junior or senior) undegraduate students, or graduate level students in meteorology, atmospheric science, hydrology, computer science or engineering.

    • Up to 4 students are accomodated at any period of time.

    • Students must be enrolled in an independent study/internship program through the school to participate for which the school may award academic credit for the students activities in this program.

    • Students work flexible hours, agreed upon in advance.

    • The student volunteer period is generally during the summer, or a traditional semester, but may extend longer.

    • Interested students,teachers, and counselors should contact:
      Carlie Buccola
      National Weather Service
      175 Brookhaven Avenue
      Upton, NY 11973

      (631) 924-2578
      email: carlie.buccola@noaa.gov

     Job Shadow
    There are three levels of "Job Shadows" available to students.

    Level 1- Pre College
    This is intended for pre-college students (high school grades 10-12) interested in meteorology, atmospheric science, hydrology, information technology and/or electronic engineering as a career.

    A tour of the NWS facility is provided for the student followed by approximately two (2) hours with an appropriate NWS employee (meteorologist) observing and discussing career opportunities. These are usually done in the evening between 5-7pm to coincide with our daily upper air (weather balloon) observing activities.

    Total approximate time: 2 hours

    Level 2- Undergraduate Students
    This level is intended for freshman or sophomore students enrolled in a college, university or technical program majoring in meteorology, atmospheric science, hydrology, information technology and/or electrical engineering. it is also for college students considering these fields as a major.

    A tour of the NWS facility is provided for the student followed by approximately four (4) hours with an appropriate NWS employee (meteorologist) observing and discussing career opportunities. The student will also meet with members of the local NWS management team to further discuss future career study options.

    Total approximate time: 5-6 hours

    Level 3- Upper level Undergraduate and Graduate Students
    This level is intended for students nearing graduation or are in graduate school majoring in meteorology, atmospheric science, hydrology, information technology or electrical engineering.

    This program is the same as Level 2, however it is expanded for up to three 6-hour days at the NWS office.

    The expanded time is intended to give the student a more comprehensive understanding of what it is like to work at an NWS Forecast Office.

    Prior to participation in a Level 1 or 2 job shadow is permitted, but not required.

    Total approximate time: Up to 3 days (6-8 hours/day)
    Scholarships/Other Opportunities

    1.Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Program The Hollings Scholarship Program provides successful undergraduate applicants with awards that include academic assistance (up to a maximum of $8,000 per year) for full-time study during the 9-month academic year; a 10-week, full-time internship position (~ $650/week) during the summer at a NOAA facility; and, if reappointed, academic assistance (up to a maximum of $8,000) for full-time study during a second 9-month academic year.

    2. NCEP Summer Program

    3. American Meteorological Society

    4. National Weather Association

    5. The Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART) Scholarship

    6. Brookhaven National Laboratory - Educational Programs

    updated:  August 27, 2018