The NWS Weather Forecast Office in Newport NC is currently accepting applications through March 1, 2013, for student volunteers for the summer of 2013. The student volunteer program is available for college students and recent college graduates. This program is designed to provide students and recent graduates with an opportunity to learn about the science of weather forecasting,along with education about other NOAA agencies. This is done through several approaches including self-study, computer based learning,research, and hands on exercises.
The student volunteer program, though not a paying position, has many benefits for students and graduates. Competition for positions within NOAA's National Weather Service (NWS) has increased in recent years, and it has proven beneficial for recent college graduates to have prior forecasting operational experience when they apply for positions within the NWS. Because of resource restraints, only a few students are selected to the student volunteer program through a competitive application process.
The volunteering program will be available for students:
- Majoring in meteorology or other related sciences
- Available to volunteer for at least 50 hours between late May and early August
- Be in good academic standing
Students will be required to complete a research project during their time at the office. The research can cover a range of topics from specific forecasting challenges to significant event reviews.
Through prearranged coordination with their schools, some students have been able to gain college credit for their research conducted at the NWS. The primary goal of the volunteer program is that the research skills and understanding of weather forecasting that the volunteer will gain will ultimtely help the student in future career choices.
Expectations of the students volunteering at the NWS Newport include:
- Volunteer for a minimum of 50 hours between late May through early August
- Conduct ones-self in a professional and respectful manner
- Complete specified goals of both the school and the NWS
- Abide by all security and safety rules
- Work on an assigned research project with designated mentor
- Proper casual-business attire
If you have questions or are interested in meteorology and would like to learn more about the program please contact Casey.Dail@noaa.gov (252)223-5122.
Applications will not be considered after March 1, 2013. For those interested students who wish to apply, please complete the appropriate application form below, including transcripts, and apply one of the following ways: