High School, College & University Internships

High School Students
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High School Students

Spark, the NCAR & UCAR Science Education program, occasionally has opportunities for high school students. When available, we post them here.




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


Research internships in climate and weather

The SOARS Program
Spark: NCAR & UCAR 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

Be part of a diverse community of peers working together to become the next generation of scientific leaders. The SOARS Program (Significant Opportunities in Atmospheric Research and Science) is a four-year, paid summer research internship for upper-division undergraduate science, math, engineering, and social science students. Financial support for undergraduate and graduate school study and related conference participation available.

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 Laboratory

  • 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 Laboratory

  • 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 Community Programs/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

HAO Summer Undergraduate Internships
NCAR High Altitude Observatory

  • 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 Predicton 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.

Amy Knack: 303-497-2174, knack@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.

Martha Jones: 303-497-8715, martha@ucar.edu

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Workshop for College & University Students

college summer workshops--People walking up to the NCAR Mesa LabWeek-long summer workshop in science leadership

NCAR Undergraduate Leadership Workshop
Spark: NCAR & UCAR Science Education

  • Discover new topics and careers in meteorology, computer science, environmental studies,
    scientific engineering, and related fields
  • Interact with researchers, engineers, and like-minded students
  • Explore scientific leadership concepts and skills

For students about to enter their senior year. Explore the laboratories, research aircraft, instrumentation, and supercomputers that support atmospheric and environmental studies of weather, climate change, solar dynamics, the Sun-Earth system, and their impacts on societies around the world.

303-497-1169, ulw@ucar.edu

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