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College Student Program


NWS Jacksonville Student Opportunities 


  • Fall 2024 Student Volunteer Applications Will Open in Late August


NWS Jacksonville Volunteer Position Description


The Student Volunteer Program involves working with the NWS Weather Forecast Office in Jacksonville, FL. The selected student volunteer will have the opportunity to work on a research project, shadow NWS forecasters, learn about operational forecasting, and/or assist with one of our team's (Science Technology and Training, Operations or Decision Support Services) goals. The selected student will also have a mix of other in-person experiences (participating in an outreach event, seeing the radar, going on an Automated Surface Observing System (ASOS) preventative maintenance trip, etc.). The selected student will also be assigned a mentor to work with.


Minimum Qualifications


  • Currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program in meteorology or a related field
    (such as atmospheric science, environmental science, climatology, hydrology, etc.)

  • Be in good academic standing as defined by the educational institution (at least a 2.5 GPA on a 4.0 scale)


What to Expect 


The volunteer will work in-person shifts between 8-15 hours per week. The volunteer can occasionally work virtually if they choose.  


Application Process and Deadlines


Your application must include the following:

  • A completed online application 
  • A one page resume
  • An unofficial transcript

Your application may also include up to 3 supporting documents (such as a cover letter, letters of reference, or a writing sample).


Other Related Opportunities


NWS and NOAA offer several student opportunities, including paid student internships through the Pathways Program and undergraduate scholarships through the Hollings Scholarship Program.

Students are welcome to schedule a tour of the office or a shadow a shift, where they can watch a weather balloon launch and see the forecast process in action. Please send an email to the point of contact below for more information.


Points of Contact


For more information or questions, please contact:

Student Volunteer Coordinator: Kirsten Chaney (