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NOAA/NWS Phoenix Student Programs

Update September 2020: Due to COVID-19 restrictions, these programs are currently on hold.  

To provide career training opportunities and support operational services, the NOAA/National Weather Service (NWS) Weather Forecast Office (WFO) in Phoenix, AZ maintains a student internship program for current meteorology and hydrology students and recent graduates.

Outcomes  You will: develop an understanding of the culture, responsibilities, and services of the WFO; complete operational training; assist the WFO in providing real-time operational services to its customers; complete a research project that benefits the student and WFO; participate in office outreach activities; receive career counseling; possibly visit other nearby WFOs. Current students may elect to receive credit for the volunteer program and should consult with appropriate university officials.

Schedule  Two sessions will be offered: Spring 2020 will begin Feb. 3, 2020 and conclude Apr. 24, 2020; Summer 2020 will begin Jun. 22, 2020 and conclude Aug. 24, 2020. During the spring (summer) internship, students will complete a minimum of 40 (80) hours in total. Specific days scheduled will vary, with time in the office ranging from 2 to 4 hours.

Eligibility  To qualify, applicants must be an undergraduate or graduate student in good academic standing or a recent graduate (within the past 6-12 months). Applicants should be pursuing or have a degree in meteorology that meets the U.S. Government Series 1340 requirements ( Consideration will also be given to students pursuing a degree in hydrology that meets the U.S. Government Series 1315 requirements ( All interns are subject to a mandatory security background check. This position is unpaid.

Application  The selection process will be competitive. Applicants must submit 1) a resume, 2) a single-page cover letter expressing interests, motivation, and skills, 3) unofficial transcripts,and 4) one letter of reference (academic). Approximately 1-4 volunteers will be selected for each session.


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