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What to expect during the program?

  • Frequent meetings with NWS staff.
    • Various topics will be discussed and presented during each meeting.
  • Apply classroom learning in an operational forecast setting.
  • Gain in depth experience through a chosen focus area – Science and Research, Decision Support Services, Outreach, etc.
  • 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 2023) 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 meet 1 to 3 times per week, with the program designed to last 8-12 weeks.


What does the application process involve?

  • Applicants will be required to submit a resumé, 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, although brief interviews could occur for the top applicants.


How do I submit an application?

  • Applications are no longer being accepted! 
  • Submit your application HERE.

    • ​Please, do not include any sensitive personal information in any of the documents you submit (e.g. social security number, photos, etc.).
  • Applicants will be notified of their status by March 15, 2023.

Questions? Email: 


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.