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What to expect during the program?

  • Volunteer approximately 2 days (16 hours) per week for 10-12 weeks (Mid-May until Mid-August)
  • Frequent meetings with NWS staff members
  • Apply classroom learning in an operational forecast setting
  • Gain familiarity with the forecast process for routine NWS public, river, and aviation forecasts
  • Experience real-time severe weather operations at a forecast office
  • Gain in-depth experience through a chosen focus area – Science and Research, Decision Support Services, Outreach, etc.
  • Complete and present an operationally oriented project focused on local-area research
  • Participate in external outreach - activities could include visiting a cooperative observation site, partner tabletop exercise, accompanying forecasters on a storm survey, staffing a NWS booth at local events, hydrology field survey, etc.
  • Earn academic credit through your university, if offered


Who is eligible to apply?

  • Full-time undergraduate or graduate students pursuing a degree in meteorology or a related science (such as climatology, hydrology, etc.)
    • Students must be actively enrolled in classes both the semester before/after (Spring/Fall 2024) the volunteer period
  • Students with flexible schedules (can work day and evening shifts)
  • Students who are interested in a NWS or related career


What does the application process involve?

  • Applicants will be required to submit a resume, transcript (unofficial is acceptable), application form, and a brief cover letter that describes their motivation for applying
  • NWS staff may select directly from these documents, but brief interviews will likely occur for the top applicants


How to submit an application?

  • Applications are being accepted until 5 PM on February 9th, 2024
  • Submit your application HERE!
    • ‚ÄčPlease do not include any sensitive personal information in any of the documents you submit (e.g. social security number, etc.)
  • Applicants will be notified of their status by March 15th, 2024

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Participation in the program does not guarantee a future job with the National Weather Service. No compensation is provided. Applicants are subject to Department of Commerce and NOAA security and background investigation.