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Have the opportunity to experience what a

career in the National Weather Service entails!


Applications are available here!


What will you do during your volunteer (unpaid) time?

  • Gain familiarity with the forecast process for routine NWS public, river, and aviation forecasts
  • Apply classroom learning in an operational forecast setting 
  • Experience real-time severe weather operations at a forecast office
  • Participate in external outreach – activities could include visiting a cooperative observation site, accompanying forecasters on a storm survey, or staffing a NWS booth at local events
  • Gain in depth experience through a chosen focus area – Science and Research or Decision Support Services and Outreach
  • Present a project corresponding to your chosen focus area at an office sponsored workshop
  • Earn academic credit through your university, if offered


What types of students are we looking for?

  • College students who are meteorology majors
    • Rising juniors and seniors as well as graduate students will be given preference, but rising sophomores also will be considered
    • Students must be enrolled for the Fall semester of the upcoming year (Fall 2018)
    • Students who are interested in a NWS or related career
  • Students with flexible schedules
    • Volunteers will be encouraged to work at least 2-3 shifts per week with the program designed to last 8-12 weeks
    • Weekday shifts are preferred, but weekend shifts may be accommodated, as well as night and evening shifts


What does the application process involve?

  • Applicants will be required to submit a resumé, transcript (official or unofficial), application form and a brief cover letter that describes their motivation for applying
  • Applications will be screened by NWS staff, with interviews for the top applicants


How do I submit an application?

  • The application form can be obtained by email request or on our webpage at:
  • Email or mail all application materials to, or ATTN: Simone Lewis, National Weather Service, 400 Parkway Rd, Charleston, WV, 25309-9406
  • Applications are due January 31st, 2018 by midnight. Interviews will take place in mid February, with selections made shortly after.



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