Question: What should I include in my personal statement?

Answer: Relevant career interests and related past experiences, why you are applying, and include which Center/Office you are most interested in and why. Make sure to review relevant webpages for the background. 

Question: Do I need to know any computer programming languages?

Answer: Depending on your project, you may be expected to know how to do some coding, however not all projects require this.  Computer languages typically used for student projects include Python, Fortran, C++, Java, etc. 

Question: Can I apply if I am a senior in a 5-year program?

Answer: The internship is only for enrolled sophomores, juniors, and graduate students.

Question: Can I apply if I am deciding on a graduate school?

Answer: The internship is only for enrolled students.

Question: My major is not included in the list of eligible majors. Can I still apply?

Answer: If your career interests, educational background, and experience are in line with NOAA’s mission and activities, then you may be eligible.  

Question: When will applicants be notified of the status of their application?

Answer: All students will be notified in mid-March.

Question: Do I need to propose a project or will one be assigned to me?

Answer: Students can propose a project in their statement. However, it's not necessary as each Center/Office will identify a few projects and will make sure they are a good fit for the selected students.

Question: What kind of student projects will be offered?

Answer: Projects will vary from year to year. Here are examples of previous student projects:

  • Verification of Weather Prediction Center Freezing Rain Guidance using ASOS Ice Accretion Observations
  • The Influence of the Appalachian Mountains on the Precipitation Transition Zone
  • Examining the Prediction of Heavy Rainfall Events during Winter in the Western U.S. and Effects from Meteorological Environments
  • Atlantic Hurricane Force Storms: Identifying Stratospheric Air Intrusions and the Effects of Hurricane Force Wind Events on the Iceberg Limit
  • Diagnosing Geospatial Uncertainty Visualization Challenges in Seasonal Temperature and Precipitation Forecasts
  • NMME Upgrades Re(scripting-processing-visualizing)
  • Climate communication:  providing scientific information for decision makers
  • Parameterizing subsurface karst geology within the Noah Land Surface Model (LSM)
  • Objective Tropical Cyclone Characterization for Model Development
  • Incorporation of social science to communicate forecast uncertainty
  • Using Tracers of opportunity to evaluate and improve HYSPLIT model
  • Assessment of COVID-19 related mission changes on crop yields
  • Upgrades to the Regression Test Framework on WAVEWATCH III
  • Visualization of Secondary Eyewalls in Operational HWRF
  • Evaluation of NAM Meteorological Predictions for Driving the North American Air Quality Forecasting Capability Predictions
  • Evaluating High-Resolution Model Performance of Convective Initiation During Severe Weather Events
  • An Overview of NCEP: Products, Services, and Impacts

Question:  Will this program be held onsite?

Answer:  We are planning to conduct this in person but that will depend on the Federal and State guidelines for each host site at that time, if not, we are prepared to launch this program virtually.