FAQs

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 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. Computer languages typically used for student projects include Python, Fortran, C++, Java, etc. 

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

Answer: The internship is only for enrolled sophomores, juniors and graduates 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 on the list of eligible majors. Can I still apply?

Answer: If your career interests, educational background, and experience are in line with NWS/NCEP’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 it's 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)
  • Parameterizing subsurface karst geology within the Noah Land Surface Model (LSM)
  • Objective Tropical Cyclone Characterization for Model Development
  • 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