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NWS Jackson is seeking applicants for our student volunteer program


Accepting Applicants for the Fall 2023-Spring 2024 Virtual Student Volunteer Program Through August 19th

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Student Volunteer Application Requirements

After filling out the online application form, student volunteer applicants will need to submit the following items via email to .

  • Cover Letter/Statement of Interest
  • Resume
  • Unofficial Transcripts


Student Volunteer Program

The National Weather Service Jackson, MS student volunteer program provides an opportunity for students of meteorology and related fields (emergency management, hydrology, GIS, information technology, social science) to receive experience working with professionals in our office. The fall/spring session will again be virtual to ensure opportunities for remote participants. Volunteer students will have the opportunity to learn about duties performed by our staff and complete related projects and research. Students who decide to seek a career with the National Weather Service will receive mentorship and support from NWS employees. Volunteer students will have the opportunity to conduct practice weather briefings, assist with severe weather verification, and to complete a project with mentorship from our employees.

The upcoming program will be virtual and will last from mid-September through April with breaks in between for the holidays. Sessions will be at 7 PM CT on Tuesdays. Opportunities during this session will include:

  • Weekly workshops
  • Individual self paced training plans
  • Research projects
  • Practice briefings
  • Help gather storm reports from social media during severe weather
  • Students that are nearby are welcome to stop by our office for a day to visit and shadow a shift/observe a balloon release.


Who can apply?

College students of meteorology and related fields (emergency management, hydrology, GIS, information technology, social science). High school students who show strong interest may also be allowed to volunteer.


Is this a paid internship?

National Weather Service student volunteers are unpaid. This program provides an opportunity to receive valuable work experience, receive guidance from trained professionals, and establish contacts within our agency. The National Weather Service does offer a limited number of paid internship positions through the Pathways program. While prior volunteer experience is not required to apply for a Pathways position, it is strongly recommended.


More Information

For more information on the student volunteer program, you can contact our volunteer coordinator Latrice Maxie or our Meteorologist in Charge Bill Parker. You can reach them by calling our office at 601-936-2189 or via email [Latrice Maxie - , Bill Parker -]