Being an Intern at NSF NCAR

NCAR summer interns standing in a group outside the Mesa Lab.

Summer interns do exciting research on science and engineering at one of several labs at NSF NCAR and UCAR.  These projects range from studying dangerous weather conditions to developing apps for presenting climate data to designing part of a solar telescope.  Each student works with a mentor or a team to develop and execute a project, and many will present their research at a summer poster session. Some will go on to present at conferences! 

As a part of the internship at NSF NCAR, students participate in a weekly workshop on communicating science and professional development.  These interns are undergraduate and graduate students. Visiting graduate students at NCAR are also welcome to attend. The table below shows the schedule for intern workshops in 2023.

Discover the internship opportunities at NSF NCAR and UCAR!

2023 NSF NCAR Professional Development Workshop Series Schedule (Virtual)

***All workshop times are noted as Mountain Time***

Date Time Workshop Topic
May 25 9:00-11:00 am Introduction, Making a Work Plan & Elevator Speeches
May 30 1:00-2:00 pm Optional Mesa Lab Tour (in-person)
June 1 9:00-11:30 am

(extended session)
Leadership Training I & Library Resources
June 6 9:30 am-12:30 pm Optional Research Aviation Facility (RAF) Tour (in-person) Sign up required
June 8 9:00-11:00 am Leadership Training II
June 15 9:00-11:00 am Diversity and Inclusion Session
June 22 9:00-11:00 am Scientific Communication - Posters & Talks
June 29 9:00-11:00 am Meet NCAR|UCAR|UCP Leaders & Diversity Statement Writing  
July 6 9:00-11:00 am Data Management & Visualization
July 13 9:00-11:00 am Proposal Writing
July 20 9:00-11:00 am Leveraging Your Internship During the Job Search
July 27 9:00-11:00 am Open session for help with posters or oral presentations
Aug 3 TBD Poster Symposium & Reception