Internship Opportunities

Listed here are several opportunities for summer research or work related to the field of Atmospheric Sciences around the country. These are great ways to gain valuable experience, and they are lots of fun at the same time!

Photo: BS Candidate Brian Blaylock in front of the DC-8 before the first flight during his Student Airborne Research Program (SARP) internship.

American Geosciences Institute 

AGI Geoscience & Public Policy Internships 

AGI Geoscience Policy offers summer and semester internship opportunities for geoscience students (undergraduates and Masters students) with an interest in public policy and in how Washington impacts the geoscience community. Interns gain a first-hand understanding of the legislative process and the operation of executive branch agencies. They also hone writing, research, and web publishing skills.

Hobart & William Smith Colleges 

Hobart & William Smith Program Overview

Each summer several research internships are available for undergraduate students to conduct mesoscale and climatological research projects using a variety of meteorological data sets. Accepted students conduct research investigations in close collaboration with Dr. Neil Laird and other visiting scientists during an 8-week summer program at Hobart & William Smith Colleges.

National Center for Atmospheric Research 

The SIParCS Program

The SIParCS Program at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) offers graduate students and undergraduate students (who have completed their sophomore year by summer) significant hands-on R&D opportunities in high performance computing (HPC) and related fields that use HPC for scientific discovery and modeling. This program embeds students as summer interns in the Computational and Information Systems Laboratory (CISL), an organization within NCAR charged with provisioning supercomputing and data systems to the geosciences research community, as well as conducting research and development in computational science, data analysis, scientific visualization and numerical modeling. These twin roles of service and research in CISL support NCAR’s broad scientific mission of discovery in the atmospheric and related sciences.

National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior 

The George Melendez Wright Climate Change Internship and Fellowship Program

The National Park Service engages young scholars to help us tackle research and education projects to look at the effects of climate change. Established in 2010, the George Melendez Wright Climate Change Internship and Fellowship Program is designed to harness the energy and creativity of college and university undergraduate and graduate students and put them to work alongside national park managers, scientists and educators. The internship and fellowship programs are sponsored by the National Park Service Climate Change Response Program in with cooperation with the University of Washington.

National Science Foundation

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) 

NSF funds a large number of research opportunities for undergraduate students through its REU Sites program. An REU Site consists of a group of ten or so undergraduates who work in the research programs of the host institution. Each student is associated with a specific research project, where he/she works closely with the faculty and other researchers. Students are granted stipends and, in many cases, assistance with housing and travel. Undergraduate students supported with NSF funds must be citizens or permanent residents of the United States or its possessions. An REU Site may be at either a US or foreign location.To inquire about possible funding opportunities, please contact the organizations that have received awards. (Do not contact NSF.) 

NSF HARP: High Performance Computing Applications in Engineering Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program: Computational Fluid Dynamics 

HARP is a summer research experience for undergraduates sponsored by NSF at University of Hawaii, Mānoa. The program offers competitive benefits and the opportunity to work on exciting and relevant projects with world-class experts. 

Student Airborne Research Program by National Suborbital Education and Research Center

SARP Program Overview 

 The Student Airborne Research Program (SARP) is a eight-week summer program for junior and senior undergraduate and early graduate students to acquire hands-on research experience in all aspects of a scientific campaign using NASA's DC-8 or P-3 airborne science laboratories. The DC-8 and P-3 are major NASA resources for studying Earth system processes, calibration/validation of space-borne observations, and prototyping instruments for possible satellite missions. Participants will assist in the operation of instruments onboard the aircraft to sample atmospheric chemicals, and to image land and water surfaces in multiple spectral bands. Research areas include atmospheric chemistry, evapotranspiration from agricultural crops in California's Central Valley, and ocean biology along the California coast. Along with airborne data collection, students will participate in taking measurements at field sites. The program culminates with formal presentations of research results and conclusions.

Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program

NEWIP Program Overview

The Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program provides an opportunity for students to participate in research at a Department of Navy laboratory during the summer. The goals of NREIP are to encourage participating students to pursue science and engineering careers, to further education via mentoring by laboratory personnel and their participation in research, and to make them aware of DoN research and technology efforts, which can lead to employment within DoN. 

Pathways for Students & Recent Graduates to Federal Careers 

Pathways Program Overview 

This Program is designed to provide students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions, from high school to graduate level, with opportunities to work in agencies and explore Federal careers while still in school and while getting paid for the work performed. Students who successfully complete the program may be eligible for conversion to a permanent job in the civil service.

Pathways to Science by IEP 

Opportunities from Pathways to Science 

Pathways to Science supports pathways to the STEM fields: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. We place particular emphasis on connecting underrepresented groups with STEM programs, funding, mentoring and resources.


SOARS at UCAR Program Overview 

Each summer, SOARS protégés spend ten weeks conducting original research at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) or at laboratories of other SOARS sponsors. By the end of the summer, protégés will prepare scientific papers and present their research at a colloquium. SOARS protégés can participate for up to four summers so that they can explore the breadth of geoscience and transition smoothly into graduate school.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 

EPA Greater Research Opportunities Information

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as part of its Greater Research Opportunities (GRO) Fellowships program, is offering undergraduate fellowships for bachelor level students in environmental fields of study.Eligible students will receive support for their junior and senior years of undergraduate study and for an internship at an EPA facility during the summer of their junior year. The fellowship provides up to $20,700 per academic year of support and $8,600 of support for a three-month summer internship. 

U.S. Department of Energy  

DOE Program Overview

As a participant in the DOE Scholars Program, you will have a competitive edge for familiarizing yourself with DOE functions while showcasing your education, talent, and skills.  Appointments are available in a variety of disciplines at participating DOE facilities nationwide. The DOE Scholars Program presents you with the opportunity to explore a federal career with DOE at various stages in your education.