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NOAA/NWS Phoenix Student Programs

Applications Due Friday 19 March 2021                Selections Made by Friday 2 April 2021


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.


Note about COVID-19 We believe that the greatest benefit to both the students and the host office come with in-person interaction. The structure of this program may change at any time, including suspension, based on the given health considerations.


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 (small) 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  The program will begin approximately Jun. 15, 2021 and conclude Aug. 30, 2021. During the internship, students will complete a minimum of 80 hours in total. Specific days scheduled will vary, with time in the office approximately 4 hours.


Eligibility  To qualify, applicants must be an undergraduate student entering their junior or senior year or a graduate student in good academic standing or a recent graduate (within the past 12 months). Applicants should be pursuing or have a degree in meteorology that meets the U.S. Government Series 1340 requirements (link) or a degree in hydrology that meets the 1315 requirements (link). All volunteers 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, skills, preferred start/end dates, and which of the four offices applying to, 3) unofficial transcripts, and 4) one letter of reference (academic). Interviews may be conducted to select 1-4 volunteers at each office.


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