Program Details

Internships are full time for 10 weeks between June and August, with a preferred starting date in early June.

Participants may be involved in projects such as:

  • Activities that improve understanding of forecasting problems

  • Activities that address some critical aspect of operational model development

  • Activities that will create new data analysis techniques with wide application and usefulness in operational forecasting

  • Development of improved forecast tools (including use of GIS)

  • Coding and testing of data visualization systems

  • Incorporation of social science to communicate forecast uncertainty

  • Improving air quality and dispersion models

  • Improving understanding of ocean-atmosphere interactions

  • Developing decision support and communications on urban heat and air quality

  • Supporting evaluation of ocean models

  • Develop new science and Technology to convert raw satellite data into critical information for strategic decision-makers

In addition to their project, participants attend lectures, participate in workshops to build skills and knowledge relevant to the job, and present their projects in both written and oral formats. The internship is approximately 40 hours per week.

We provide:

  • Internship stipend ($5000)

  • Furnished dormitory-style housing

  • Travel allowance to get to and from the internship site.

Each student will collaborate with one or more scientists at one of the facilities detailed below (subject to availability). Three of NOAA’s Line Offices participate in this internship program: National Weather Service (NWS), Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), and the National Environmental Satellite Data and Information Service (NESDIS). Please note that we cannot guarantee the availability of an internship opportunity at each facility on an annual basis.

Participating Offices (in 2021):

National Weather Service (NWS)

NCEP centers located in College Park, MD:  Climate Prediction Center, Environmental Modeling Center, Ocean Prediction Center, and Weather Prediction Center

AWIPS Program Office (Silver Spring, MD)

Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR)

Air Resources Laboratory (College Park, MD)

Climate Program Office (Silver Spring, MD)

Global Ocean Monitoring and Observation Program (Silver Spring, MD)

Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, (Silver Spring, MD)

Ocean Acidification Program (Silver Spring, MD)

Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Lab (AOML) (Miami, FL)

Earth Systems Research Lab (ESRL) (Boulder, CO)

Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Lab (GFDL) (Princeton, NJ)

Great Lakes Environmental Research Lab (GLERL) (Ann Arbor, MI)

Pacific Marine Environmental Lab (PMEL) (Seattle, WA)


National Environmental Satellite Data Information Service:

Center for Satellite Applications and Research (STAR) (College Park, MD)