What You Will Do:
The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) office of Education & Outreach seeks undergraduate and graduate Earth system science students to participate as interns in the 2021 NCAR Earth System Science Internship (NESSI).
The 2021 NESSI will run for 11 weeks, from May 17 – July 30, 2021
Interns work with NCAR scientists to conduct research from across all NCAR labs on a wide range of topics including but not limited to atmospheric science, computational science, engineering, and solar & space physics. Research projects to be defined by student interest and the ability to pair the student with a mentor working in a similar field or topic.
Applications will be accepted through February 7, 2021, or until suitable candidates are selected
For summer 2021, the NESSI will be a remote internship experience in line with current local safety and health recommendations due to COVID-19. Whether to allow for in-person/on-campus internships will be re-evaluated in spring 2021.
- Interns work with NCAR scientists to conduct research from across all NCAR labs on a wide range of topics including but not limited to atmospheric science, computational science, engineering, and solar & space physics. Research projects to be defined by student interest and the ability to pair the student with a mentor working in a similar field or topic.
Reports and Presentations
- Each intern prepares a poster presentation of their work at the conclusion of the summer program to be presented either in person or virtually to scientists, staff, and peers.
Community and Professional Behavior
- NESSI interns work together and are part of a larger community of UCAR and NCAR summer interns. Nessi interns are expected to contribute positively to the UCAR/NCAR community, conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to a professional environment, and adhere to UCAR’s Code of Conduct. Interns are expected to fully participate during normal office hours, during NESSI functions, and while on travel for the internship.
What You Need:
Currently enrolled as an undergraduate or a graduate student in an accredited US university or college with a major/concentration in any of the following disciplines:
- Atmospheric Science
- Computer Science
- The ideal candidate will have completed the equivalent of two or three years of college (be a rising Junior or Senior); have some basic research and programming experience; and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 5.0 scale).
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
- Basic knowledge, through coursework, of Earth system science concepts
- Good problem-solving skills
- Ability and willingness to learn and use scientific computing tools and programs
- Ability to work with diverse staff
- Good oral and written communication skills
- Ability to work full-time (40 hours per week) during the summer program
- Ability to interact with mentors and peers in a manner that supports collaboration and inquiry
- Working knowledge of basic office and communication software (e.g., G+ suite, email clients)
- Ability and willingness to work within guidelines and policies of the organization and assigned workgroups
Applicants must submit a resume, an unofficial transcript, and reference contact information. Applicants must also submit a not-to-exceed one-page cover letter clearly includes the following topics:
- Describe why you are interested in an internship at NCAR.
- Explain how this program addresses your educational and career goals and what you expect to gain if selected.
- Share how your personal background allows you to make unique contributions to the program (i.e. social, cultural, familial, economic, educational, etc.).
- In at least 200 words, describe how your past actions and future plans encourage and contribute to diverse and inclusive work environments within your community or university/college.
- students should share the internship program information with their references, and let the reference know that they might be contacted to provide a recommendation.