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The National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) is "Where America's Climate and Weather Services Begin". Virtually all the meteorological data collected over the globe arrives at NCEP, where environmental scientists analyze this information and generate a wide variety of environmental guidance information. NCEP delivers national and global weather, water, climate and space weather guidance, forecasts, warnings and analyses to a broad range of users and partners. These products and services respond to user needs to protect life and property, enhance the nation's economy, and support the nation's growing need for environmental information.

NCEP is offering up to 10 paid summer internships targeted towards current undergraduate and graduate students to work in areas that will meet the future needs of the ever-broadening user community and address the strategic climate-water-weather issues. Each student will collaborate with one or more scientists at our five centers located in College Park, MD: Climate Prediction Center, Environmental Modeling Center, NOAA Central Operations, Ocean Prediction Center, and Weather Prediction Center.

Application Eligibility

Applications and recommendations are now accepted through Feb 5, 2018. Please use the navigation bar above to submit an application or a recommendation.

  • Must be currently enrolled as a full-time 2nd or 3rd year student in a four-year undergraduate program or currently enrolled as a graduate student.
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen willing to undergo a security background check.
  • Math, physics, meteorology, atmospheric and climate science, computer science, engineering, and social science majors are encouraged to apply!


Internships are full time between June and August, with a preferred starting date in early June.

Participants may be involved in:

  • Activities that improve understanding of forecasting problems
  • Activities that address some critical aspect of operational model development
  • Activities that will create new data analysis techniques with wide application and usefulness in operational forecasting
  • Development of improved forecast tools (could include use of GIS)
  • IT related activities, such as reviewing operational process documentation, website maintenance, and auditing websites
  • Development of datasets for the Science on a Sphere
  • Incorporation of social science knowledge and practices to communicate forecast uncertainty

Participants are provided:

  • Stipend ($5000)
  • Furnished housing
  • Travel allowance to get to and from College Park, MD

Past Projects

Listed here are examples of past students' projects:

  • Verification of Weather Prediction Center Freezing Rain Guidance using ASOS Ice Accretion Observations
  • A Comparison Between Summer 2016 Flash Flood Observations and Rainfall ARI’s Across North Central U.S.
  • 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