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Student Programs

The New York, NY National Weather Service Forecast Office in Upton, NY (central Suffolk County Long Island) provides limited opportunities for students considering careers in:

  • atmospheric sciences (meteorology)
  • hydrology
  • electronic engineering
  • information technology

Note: For Full-Time Employment, visit: 

Some student positions are announced here:

In addition, the American Meteorological Society (AMS) has listings of internships:

Elementary, Middle and High School students:

- Summer Weather Camp for High School Juniors and Seniors - held at CCNY and the National Weather Service Forecast Office.

- Student Programs at Brookhaven National Laboratory

The following is a summary of the three (3) types of programs that are available for students at NWS New York, NY:

1. PATHWAYS PROGRAM - Formerly SCEP/STEP (Paid Employment)

As of Jun, 2017, there are no vacancies available for the PATHWAYS program at Upton, NY.

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The only form of paid employment opportunities for students throughout the NWS is through the Pathways Program. Pathways is designed for both undergraduates and graduate students. This program offers participants 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.

Additional Information and Opportunities within NOAA for Students may be found at

2. Student Volunteer (Non-Pay)

As of Jun, 2017, we are accepting applications for the 2017-2018 school year from local area students.  All 2017 summer opportunities are full

Please forward a "statement of interest" along with a resume to the contact listed at the bottom of this page if interested in these opportunities.

  • This program is intended for upper level (going into junior or senior year) undergraduate students, or graduate level students in meteorology, atmospheric science, hydrology, computer science or engineering.
  • Up to four students are accommodated at any period of time.
  • Students must be enrolled in an independent study/internship program through there school to participate for which the school may award academic credit for the student's activities in this program. See your local educational institution for details.
  • Students work flexible hours as agreed upon in advance.
  • The student volunteer period is generally during the summer or a traditional semester, but may extend longer.
  • Background security investigation and fingerprinting are required - these are accomplished by the NWS once accepted.
  • Students should have an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • This is NOT an intern position and should be noted as a Student Volunteer position when applying for future employment.
  • U.S. Citizenship is required.

3. Job Shadow

As of Jun, 2017, a limited number of Job Shadows are available at Upton, NY.

There are three levels of "Job Shadow" available to students. U.S. Citizenship is required.

LEVEL 1 - Pre-College
This level is intended for pre-college students (high school grades 10-12) interested in meteorology, atmospheric science, hydrology, information technology, and or electronics 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 5-7 pm 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 and sophomore students enrolled in a university, college or technical program majoring in meteorology, atmospheric science, hydrology, information technology, and or electronics engineering. It is also for college students considering these fields as a major.
A tour of the NWS facility will be 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 in graduate school majoring in meteorology, atmospheric science, hydrology, information technology, and or electronics engineering. The program is the same as level II, 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 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)


Interested students, teachers and counselors in any of these programs should contact:

Carlie Buccola
National Weather Service
175 Brookhaven Ave.
Upton, NY 11973

(631) 924-2578



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.

CLICK HERE for full information.

Application are typically due by January 31st

2. NCEP Summer Program - Applications Due the 1st Week of February

3.  American Meteorological Society

3. National Weather Association

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

5. Brookhaven National Laboratory - Educational Programs


updated:  May 23, 2017