Strengthening community for summer interns

New programs connect young arrivals

June 7, 2013 | The last few years have seen a blossoming of NCAR and UCAR internship programs scattered across various organizational niches, but little in the way of centralized activity. That’s changing in 2013, as a new seminar series is pulling together more than 50 undergraduate and graduate interns.

John Orlando, Meghan Applegate, and Mary Barth
John Orlando (NESL/ACD) gives a laboratory tour to SOARS protégé Meghan Applegate (center) and her scientific research mentor, Mary Barth. (©UCAR. All photos below by Carlye Calvin.)

"The seminars are designed to highlight programs and research of special interest to our interns," says Laura Allen, Spark’s program coordinator for student opportunities.

On May 31, Alison Rockwell (EOL) gave an overview of field campaigns, instrumentation, and research data. The Friday afternoon series continues this month with Rich Loft (CISL) on supercomputing, Jim Hurrell (NESL) on climate science, and Wendy Abshire (COMET and Spark) on education and diversity.

Terry Hock and EOL SUPER intern Frank Erdesz
SUPER intern Frank Erdesz (left) and mentor Terry Hock (EOL). (©UCAR)

“This is the first time we’ve offered a seminar series to all of the internship programs,” says Laura. “In the past we’ve provided opportunities for students to meet and mingle, but this series will expose them to key activities throughout the organization.”

The local interns will be joined on June 28 by a contingent of NSF-funded Research Experiences for Undergraduates participants from the University of Oklahoma.

Interns will also get a chance to rub shoulders with management at a breakfast on June 12, hosted for a second year by the UCAR President’s Council.

Ben Jamroz and Soumi Manna
SIParCS mentor Ben Jamroz (CISL) meets with intern Soumi Manna. (©UCAR)

The current lineup of NCAR & UCAR summer internships includes the list below. Check out the “Study and Visit Opportunities” page for descriptions of internships and other student-oriented activities.

UCAR | Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science (SOARS)

CISL | Summer Internships in Parallel Computational Science (SIParCS)

EOL | Technical Internship Program (TIP)

EOL | Summer Undergraduate Program for Engineering Research (SUPER)

HAO | Summer Undergraduate Internships

NCAR Library | Data Curation in Research Centers (DCERC) Internship

UCAR F&A | Web Presence/Development Internships