National Weather Service United States Department of Commerce
MTR 498/598
NC State/NWS Intern Course

This is an internship experience at the Raleigh National Weather Service (NWS) Office for meteorology majors interested in a career in operational weather forecasting.  Activities include job shadowing, weather analysis, development of area forecast discussions, weather and storm summaries, seasonal familiarization sessions, site visits, and participation in routine shift operations of the NWS.

Learn more about this experience by viewing recent Newsletters:

Spring 2018, Summer 2018, Spring 2019



Course Description   |   Orientation Power Point    |   NWA Conference Poster on the NC State/NWS Raleigh Internship

Shift Options  | Outreach Opportunities 

How to Access Required and Optional NWS Training Materials



AWIPS Familiarization Reference and Worksheet

NEXRAD Eye to the Sky Video

NOAA Technical Memo Operational Mesoanalysis

HPC Unified Surface Analysis Manual

Forecast Process - A General Approach to Weather Forecasting

Another Forecast Process View - Weather Forecasting Techniques and Tools

Area Forecast Discussion Reference

MetTalks: Exploring Careers in Governmental Meteorology (Playlist)



Spring 2021 Tentative Schedule

Semester runs: 19 January - 30 April 2021


Week 1 Virtual Visit (Friday 1/22/21): Intro to program, NWS organization, who we serve 


Student homework (homework is always due before next week’s meeting): Complete the “Welcome to the National Weather Service” LMS training (45 minutes) 


Week 2 Virtual Visit (Tuesday 1/26/21): Entry Level Met Duties

  • Data collection/QC

  • Climate

  • Hydro/Rivers

  • Media/public calls

  • Social Media

  • What to expect in first year of met position

  • Duties during active/severe weather

  • Brief Overview of AWIPS functions/tools

  • Virtual Walk-around to shadow a forecaster on shift


Student homework:


Week 3 Virtual Visit (Wednesday 2/3/21): Forecast process/forecast funnel discussion - what goes into an NWS forecast

  • Meteorological Watch

    • Situational Awareness

    • Satellite

    • Upper-air observations

    • Surface observations

  • Diagnose Cause and Effect

    • Diagnose causes of forecast departures

  • Determine Plausible Outcomes

    • Ensembles

      • dProg/dt

      • Probability charts

      • Plumes

      • Spaghetti Diagrams

    • Consistency 

    • Deterministic global/regional guidance

  • Update Forecast


Student homework: Review a winter case study from


Week 4 Virtual Visit (Tuesday 2/9/21): Winter weather program overview and forecast process, synoptic patterns for snow/ice, past significant events for central NC

  • Cold air damming overview


Student homework: Complete “Air Traffic Basics” and "Module 2 Digital Aviation Service GFE Grids" (1 hour) LMS training


Week 5 Virtual Visit (Wednesday 2/17/21): AWIPS/Thin Client overview, GFE overview. AvnFPS and a look at the aviation program.


Student homework: Complete “The Structure of the NWS Fire Weather Program” LMS training (90 minutes)


Week 6 Virtual Visit (Tuesday 2/23/21): Fire weather program, being an IMET


Student homework: Based on processes outlined on previous visits, prepare a short AFD-style discussion on what you think might happen in the next 1-3 days. Be specific.


Week 7 Virtual Visit (Wednesday 3/3/21): Hydro program overview


Student homework: Complete "Effective Weather Messaging for NWS Employees" LMS training (40 minutes) and at least 10 of the short "Public Speaking" training videos (20-45 minutes).


Week 8 Virtual Visit (Wednesday 3/10/21): Rise to becoming the MIC, previous time spent as an ITO and SOO


Student homework: Complete your favorite 3 “SatFC-G” Satellite modules in the LMS (full list of modules available at (10-45 minutes per module)


Week 9 Virtual Visit (Wednesday 3/17/21): Discussion on science program, university interactions, local training initiatives, other projects


Student homework: Complete the “Multicell Archetypes” (35 minutes) and the “Multicell Severe Wind Hazards” LMS training (10 minutes)


Complete the "Z, V & SRM, CC, and ZDR" modules LMS training; full list of modules available at under “Base and Derived Products” (55 minutes total)


Week 10 Virtual Visit (Wednesday 3/24/21): Radar program overview


Student homework: Review the following modules in the LMS: Large-scale Doppler Velocity Patterns, Storm Scale Doppler Velocity Patterns (30 minutes). Optional: Review the “Content” modules under the Convective Storm Structure and Evolution section


Week 11 Virtual Visit (Tuesday 3/30/21 AND Wednesday 3/31/21): Mock WES case using Google Meet/Gr2Analyst/COBRAS


Student homework: NONE!


Week 12 Virtual Visit (Wednesday 4/7/21): Discussion on partner-based interactions, state/federal interactions, storm surveys, etc... anything/everything related to being a WCM in the NWS


Student homework: Using the partner based knowledge, create a partner-focused weather briefing discussing what is expected over the next 1-3 days. Present this or record it and send it along for feedback.


Week 13 Virtual Visit (Wednesday 4/14/21): Walkthrough of NWS application process


Nothing planned for weeks 14 and 15 through the end of the semester