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 some locations may choose not to offer an internship each year.

Participating Offices (in 2022):

National Weather Service (NWS)

NCEP Centers outside College Park, MD (Space Weather Prediction Center, Boulder CO; Storm Prediction Center, Norman OK; National Hurricane Center Miami FL; Aviation Weather Center Kansas City MO)

Office of Central Processing, inclusive of AWIPS Program Office (Silver Spring, MD)

National Data Buoy Center (Stennis Space Center MS) (under Office of Observations)

Office of Science and Technology Integration inclusive of the Meteorological Data Laboratory

Office of Dissemination


Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR)

Air Resources Laboratory (College Park, MD)

Climate Program Office (Silver Spring, MD)

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

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

Earth Systems Research Labs (ESRL) (Boulder, CO): Physical Sciences Lab, Global Monitoring Lab, Global Systems Lab, Chemical Sciences Lab

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

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

National Severe Storms Lab (NSSL) (Norman, OK)

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


National Environmental Satellite Data Information Service:

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