High School, College & University Internships

High School Students

PRECIP - Pre-College Internship Program
NCAR Research Applications Lab

  • Work on real-world research tasks
  • Gain communication skills
  • Explore career possibilities

High school students participate in research projects with scientists and engineers during the six-week PRECIP summer program. Participants also learn to communicate scientific work, culminating in creation and presentation of a scientific poster during the NCAR summer intern poster session. All high school students interested in the atmospheric and related sciences, including meteorology, chemistry, physics, engineering, mathematics, and hydrology, are encouraged to apply.

Scott Landolt: 303-497-2804, landolt@ucar.edu

Two-Year College & Vo-Tech Students

Technical Internship Program (TIP)college internships--man makes adjustments to instruments on tower
NCAR Earth Observing Lab

  • Gain real-life experience in vocational and technical fields
  • Work with expert technology developers
  • Receive mentoring, enhance professional skills, expand career networks

EOL TIP interns gain experience in electronics technology, instrument making, aircraft mechanics, systems administration, or other technical support fields related to the geosciences. Interns are paired with mentors and develop knowledge to help them in future science support careers. Open to students enrolled in two-year colleges and vocational/technical institutions in the Colorado Front Range region. This is a paid internship for up to 20 hours/week for 12 weeks. Hours are flexible to coordinate with the student's academic schedule.

Alison Rockwell: 303-497-8758, rockwell@ucar.edu

Undergraduate Students at Four-Year Colleges & Universitiescollege internships--woman adjusts atmospheric sensing instrument

Research internships in climate & weather

The SOARS Program
UCAR Center for Science Education

  • Conduct research with top scientists
  • Gain communication skills and attend professional conferences
  • Find a rich network of personal and professional mentors
  • Receive support and ongoing engagement throughout the year

Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science (SOARS) is an undergraduate-to-graduate program built around a 10-week summer research internship, mentoring by top scientists, and a supportive learning community for diverse students studying science, math, engineering, social science, and other related fields. SOARS also offers financial support for academics and conference attendance.

303-497-8622, soars@ucar.edu

college internships--three people examine back end of supercomputerComputer science, engineering & applied mathematics for the geosciences

High-performance computing

CISL Summer Internships in Parallel Computational Science (SIPARCS)
NCAR Computational and Information Systems Lab

  • Conduct hands-on R&D in high-performance computing
  • Explore computational geoscience
  • Learn software development, scientific visualization
  • Work in applied mathematics, statistics

Offers undergraduates who will have completed their sophomore year significant hands-on R&D opportunities in supercomputing and data systems. Gain experience alongside experts providing services to the geosciences community and conducting research and development in computational science, data analysis, scientific visualization, and numerical modeling. Graduate students may also apply.

303-497-1288, siparcs@ucar.edu

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college internships--two people launch weather balloon near oceanEngineering & technology for atmospheric observations

EOL Summer Undergraduate Program for Engineering Research (SUPER)
NCAR Earth Observing Lab

  • Solve real-world problems: design, build, test, deploy
  • Work with scientific instrumentation on the ground and aboard our research aircraft
  • Operate systems in the field

Interns in electrical, mechanical, optical, aerospace, and software engineering are encouraged to develop their own solutions as they work with and are mentored by experienced engineers and technicians.

Chris Burghart: 303-497-8836, burghart@ucar.edu
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radar image, Lubbock, TX: UCAR Unidata internships

Software engineering for data science

Unidata Summer Internship
UCAR Unidata Program Center

  • Work with Unidata experts at the intersection of atmospheric and computational science
  • Help enhance products focused on scientific data, from access and distribution to scientific analysis and visualization
  • Gain professional experience in writing code and documentation
  • Participate in technical staff meetings and join the larger community of summer interns from across NCAR, UCAR, and the Community Programs

Summer internships for qualified juniors, seniors, and graduate students. Interns use, design, and/or modify existing Unidata software in innovative ways to better support the needs of Unidata's Earth science research and education community (nearly 2,500 institutions in 150 countries).

303-497-8643, support@unidata.ucar.edu

college internships--Sunrise solar telescope and gondola in flightThe Sun-Earth connection: solar physics, solar-terrestrial physics & related astrophysics

The NCAR High Altitude Observatory collaborates with the University of Colorado's Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics to offer a variety of Research Experience for Undergraduate opportunities in solar and space physics.

  • Work on your interests, with individual attention from NCAR experts
  • Gain access to NCAR's computing resources, libraries, and data archives
  • Share resources and interact with Boulder's space physics institutes,
    including NOAA's Space Weather Prediction Center and CU-Boulder's
    Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics

Summer appointments for college students entering their senior year and considering graduate study. Research areas include the Sun's corona and heliosphere, lower atmosphere, and interior, as well as Earth's upper atmosphere, ionosphere, and magnetosphere.

Megan Delaney: 303-497-1513, mdelaney@ucar.edu

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college internships--Mesa Lab in winterStudent Employment Opportunities

Student Assistant Opportunities - Working With Us
UCAR Human Resources

  • Find paid student assistantships in a variety of fields

For students living in the Boulder area, opportunities are listed throughout the year as positions become available.

Randy Schalhamer: 303-497-8703, hrrecruiting@ucar.edu

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Summer Workshops

college summer workshops--People walking up to the NCAR Mesa Lab

NCAR Undergraduate Leadership Workshop

For third-year undergraduate students
UCAR Center for Science Education

  • Learn about weather, climate modeling, solar dynamics, and the societal impacts of severe weather and climate change
  • Receive individual mentoring about what life is like in the atmospheric sciences and get guidance on your career path
  • Participate in seminars on graduate school and private sector careers
  • Take part in professional development workshops, including résumé writing and mock interviews

This five-day immersion experience gives college students a chance to explore careers in atmospheric sciences and develop their leadership potential.  Students come from around the nation to connect with peers, experience immersion in a scientific community, discover their own passions, and explore new possibilities.

303-497-1169, ulw@ucar.edu

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