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!

2024 NSF NCAR Professional Development Workshop Series Schedule will be posted soon!

2024 NSF NCAR Professional Development Workshop Series Schedule (Virtual)

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

Date Time Workshop Topic
May 21 3:00-4:00 pm (Optional) Meet Employee Resource Group (ERG) Representatives (Hybrid event)
May 23 9:00-11:30 am 
(extended session)
Introduction, Making a Work Plan, Elevator Speeches & Library Resources
May 28 11:00-12:15 pm (Optional) Mesa Lab Tour (in person) 
May 30 9:00-11:30 am Leadership Training I & Meet Our Leaders
June 4 9:00-12:15 am (Optional) Research Aviation Facility (RAF) Tour (in-person)
June 6 9:00-11:00 am Leadership Training II
June 13 9:00-11:00 am Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
June 20 9:00-11:00 am Scientific Communication - Posters & Talks
June 27 9:00-11:00 am Data Management & Visualization
July 4   4th of July Holiday (No session scheduled)
July 11 9:00-11:00 am Leveraging Your Internship During the Job Search & Diversity Statement/Cover Letter
July 18 9:00-11:00 am Proposal Writing
July 25 9:00-11:00 am Open session for help with posters or oral presentations
August 1   ~2:00-5:00pm Poster Symposium & Reception (Center Green Auditorium)