The National Weather Service Forecast Office in Wilmington, OH provides opportunities
for students considering careers in meteorology and hydrology. There are two types
of programs that are available to students.
Note: For Paid Employment, visit USA JOBS - Students
The following is a summary of the two (2) types of programs that are available to students at Wilmington, OH.
Attention: The program previously known as the SCEP program (now called Pathways Program) will be selecting students for 2014.
Check here for more information on the Pathways Program, and keep tuned
for announcements in meteorology!
1. Student Volunteer (Non-Pay)
The application period for 2014 has closed! Thanks to all who applied.
Check back in February of 2015 for the next announcement of the WFO Wilmington Student Volunteer program!.
- This program is intended for upper level (junior or higher) undergraduate college students
in meteorology, atmospheric science, or hydrology.
- Recent college graduates (e.g., within the same calendar year) may be considered and can apply, however, most consideration
will be given to undergraduates.
- Up to two students are accommodated at any period of time.
- Students may be enrolled in an independent study/internship program through their school to participate for
which the school may award academic credit for the student's activities in this program. See your local educational
institution for details.
- Students work flexible hours as agreed upon in advance.
- Target is approximately 8-10 hours worked per week but can vary on the situation.
- The student volunteer period is generally during the summer, but may extend longer in very limited circumstances.
- Background security investigation and fingerprinting are required - these are accomplished by the NWS once accepted.
- Students should have an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher, but not mandatory. Interest, motivation, and goals will be
the main qualities considered.
- Strong computer skills and web page experience will be weighted heavily in the selecting process.
- This is NOT an intern position and should be noted as a Student Volunteer position when applying for future employment.
- U.S. Citizenship is required.
- A background check will be performed as a part of this volunteer experience.
2. Job Shadow
Job Shadows are normally available at the NWS Wilmington, OH office during the school year (September through April).
Job Shadows are limited to high school (junior and above) or college (freshman through senior)
students considering the field of meteorology, or considering a career in the National Weather Service. Those below a junior in
high school would be best served to wait until their junior year in high school due to the complexity of topics discussed
during a shadow experience. Those who have graduated college may be accommodated if space and time allow. Due to staffing
considerations, interested parties should plan well in advance if a Job Shadow opportunity is wanted.
There are three levels of "Job Shadow" available to students.
U.S. Citizenship is required.
LEVEL 1 - Pre-College
This level is intended for pre-college (high school junior and senior) students interested in meteorology, atmospheric science, and hydrology.
A tour of the NWS facility is provided for the student followed by approximately
one to two hours with an appropriate NWS employee (meteorologist) observing and discussing job duties and career opportunities.
Total Approximate Time: 1 Day (1 to 2 hours)
LEVEL 2 - Lower level Undergraduate Students
This level is intended for freshman through junior college students enrolled in a university, college or technical program
majoring in meteorology, atmospheric science or hydrology. It is also for advanced college students considering these fields
as a major. A tour of the NWS facility will be provided for the student followed by approximately two to three (2-3)
hours with an appropriate NWS employee (meteorologist) observing and discussing career opportunities.
The student may also meet with members of the local NWS management team to further discuss future career study
options. Total Approximate Time: 1 Day (2 to 3 hours)
LEVEL 3 - Upper level Undergraduate Students
This level is intended for students (seniors) nearing graduation in the field of meteorology,
atmospheric science or hydrology. The program is the same as level 2, however it can be expanded for up
to a 4 to 8 hour day at the NWS office. The expanded time is intended to give the student a more
comprehensive understanding of what it is like to work at an NWS Forecast Office. Prior
participation in a Level 1 or 2 job shadow is permitted but not required. Total Approximate
Time: 1 Day (4 to 8 hours)
Interested students, teachers and counselors in any of these programs should contact:
Science and Operations Officer
National Weather Service
1901 South State Route 134
Wilmington, OH 45177
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