National Weather Service United States Department of Commerce


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 weather 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


Who is eligible to apply?

  • College students who are meteorology majors
    • Juniors and seniors as well as graduate students will be given first preference, but rising sophomores also will be considered
    • Students must be enrolled for the Fall semester of the upcoming year (Fall 2020) at the time the volunteer-ship begins
    • Students who are interested in a NWS or related career
  • Students with flexible schedules
    • Volunteers will be strongly 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
  • NWS staff may select directly from these documents, although brief interviews could occur 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: Robert Hart, National Weather Service, 400 Parkway Rd, Charleston, WV, 25309-9406
  • Applications are due February 15th, 2020
  • Applicants will be notified of their status by February 29, 2020

Questions? Email:  POC (


Participation in the program does not guarantee a future job with the National Weather Service. No compensation is provided. Volunteers are responsible for travel and lodging arrangements, where applicable. Applicants are subject to Department of Commerce and NOAA security and background investigation.