Careers in Atmospheric & Earth System Science

Resources for Students and their Mentors

Opportunities at NCAR|UCAR and Beyond

Education Programs, Courses of Study, Career Possibilities

UCAR Member Universities & Colleges

Community Colleges

Minority-Serving Institutions

Professional Societies Serving Underrepresented Groups

Opportunities at NCAR|UCAR and Beyond

High School & Undergraduate Internships & Workshops at NCAR & UCAR

Summer internships and workshops in engineering, mathematics, physical science, social science, and related fields

Jobs at NCAR & UCAR: Working With Us

Local college students are encouraged to apply for student assistant positions (part time/full time during breaks)

Opportunities Beyond UCAR

Student and/or faculty exchange opportunities, fellowships, meetings, job openings, and more in the larger community of universities, labs, and agencies

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Education Programs, Courses of Study, Career Possibilities

UCARConnect for Students

Find out about careers in atmospheric science and the broad range of fields people study to prepare (pretty much anything in science, technology, engineering, mathematics—even sociology and astrophysics!). Plus educational resourcces to explore now.

AMS Career Center: All About Careers in the Atmospheric and Related Sciences

This career guide from the American Meteorological Society addresses questions such as what do meteorologists do, where do they work, and would meteorology be a good career for you.

Schools in the Atmospheric, Oceanic, Hydrologic, and Related Sciences - The UCAR-AMS Guide

This database helps students identify schools that match their academic goals in the atmospheric, oceanic, hydrologic, and related sciences

World Meteorological Organization - Education & Training Programme

See the section on Information for Students, including "How to become a Meteorologist," "Distance Learning Courses," and more

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UCAR Member Universities & Colleges

UCAR is a nonprofit consortium of more than 100 North American universities that offer programs in the atmospheric and related Earth system sciences. Here's a list of them all, including links to their primary research and training programs.

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Community Colleges & Minority-Serving Institutions

Community College programs

College of DuPage, Glen Ellyn, Illinois

Meteorology Program/Next Generation Weather Lab

Minority-Serving Institutions (2-year, 4-year, graduate)

A Minority-Serving Institution (MSI) is a designation by the U.S. Department of Education of a college or university, for example as a Historically Black College or University (HBCU), a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI), a Tribal College or University (TCU), etc. The Department of Education maintains a comprehensive list of MSIs. A contact person is included in the following list whenever available.

Diné College, Shiprock, New Mexico (TCU)

Division of Math, Science, and Technology - Shiprock Campus (Marnie Carroll)

Howard University, Washington, D.C. (HBCU, UCAR Member University)


Department of Physics & Astronomy


Howard University Program of Atmospheric Sciences

Hampton University, Hampton, Virginia (HBCU)

Department of Physics

Center for Atmospheric Sciences (undergraduate & graduate)

Department of Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences (announcement of new department)

Haskell Indian Nations University, Lawrence, Kansas (TCU)

Haskell Environmental Research Studies Center (Dan Wildcat)

Jackson State University, Jackson, Mississippi (HBCU, UCAR Academic Affiliate University)

Department of Physics, Atmospheric Sciences and General Sciences

Meteorology Program

Student Page

Sinte Gleska University, Mission, South Dakota (TCU)

Sicangu Policy Institute - Geospatial Initiative (James Rattling Leaf)

Universidad Autónoma de México, Mexico City (UCAR International Affiliate)

Centro de Ciencias de la Atmósfera/Center of Atmospheric Sciences (en Español)

Universidad Metropolitana, San Juan, Puerto Rico (HSI, UCAR Academic Affiliate)

Escuela de Asuntos Ambientales/School of Environmental Subjects (en Español)

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Professional Societies Serving Underrepresented Groups

African American Environmentalist Association

American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)

Association for Women in Computing (AWC)

Association for Women Geoscientists (AWG)

Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM)

Association for Women in Science (AWIS)

Earth Science Women's Network (ESWN)

GEM - National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering

National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME)

National Association of Black Geologists and Geophysicists (NABGG)

National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP)

Scholarships and Prizes

Forums for College Seniors, Undergrad-Postdoc & Junior Faculty, Women in Physics

National Society of Hispanic Physicists (NSHP)

List of related groups and resources

Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS)

Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

Women in Computing - ACM-W

Also see

American Meteorological Society (AMS) Board on Women and Minorities

The board is charged with "examining workplace issues including educational and professional opportunities that affect those employed in the atmospheric and related sciences for all segments of the Society, with special emphasis on women, minorities, and the disabled." Among many other activities, the BoWM cosponsors gatherings at the annual AMS meeting that support networking and visibility, including "The Color of Weather" and "CoRioliS: LGBTQs & Friends" receptions. CoRioliS also maintains a Facebook Group.

American Physical Society (APS)

Women in Physics

Minorities in Physics

LGBTIQQAP+ and Friendly Physicists

A networking resource for young physicists and students to find mentors, a place to find resources for laboratories and universities to make their physics departments more  friendly, as well as a hosting of information of get togethers of LGBTQ+ physicists and friends.


The E-Mentoring Network for Diversity in Engineering and Science
A nonprofit initiative (funded by sponsors, grants, donations) "to further the progress of women and others underrepresented in scientific and technical fields through the use of a dynamic, technology-supported mentoring network."

A virtual mentoring and career center publicizing the activities of diversity-related postdoc groups. Includes events and resources encompassing career advice, professional development, jobs, funding, fellowships, mentoring, and diversity issues.


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