Current Internship Opportunities

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Current Internship Opportunities

NCICS is currently seeking several students interested in remote internships.

Please review the project needs below and, if interested, apply through the NCSU Jobs site links at the end of the description (do not email applications). In your cover letter, please be sure to note any relevant training.

Winter/Spring Internship #1: Evaluation of Vegetation Status in Earth System Models Using Satellite Climate Data Records

Changes in the Earth system are assessed using a suite of models developed by international agencies to understand climate trends and plan for mitigation actions. There is a need to assess the quality of vegetation status simulated by these Earth system models. This project will involve making comparisons of the simulated vegetation status provided by the latest Coupled Model Intercomparison Project (CMIP6) to satellite-based observations such as Leaf Area Index (LAI). Planned outcomes are: 1) understanding of what vegetation variables are captured in Earth system models, 2) identification of available remotely sensed data sets for comparison with model simulations, and 3) statistical metrics describing the comparisons of model simulations to satellite observations in both spatial and temporal terms.

This will be a paid, part-time internship position, working remotely. For details and to apply, please go to:

Winter/Spring Internship #2: Cloud Computing for Optimizing Weather Dataset Processing and Delivery

This internship will contribute to an ongoing project that is transitioning an environmental data archival process to the commercial cloud. A functioning prototype for this process exists and the intern will be able to optimize aspects of the prototype and assess performance and cost. The intern will also have the freedom to initiate and propel another dataset of interest to the cloud. The intern will work under the guidance of an environmental scientist specialist to optimize three essential components of the data archival and dissemination system: 1) Ingesting sensor data (using basic Unix utilities, e.g. AWK, shell scripts), 2) Populating a graph database (e.g., Neo4j or similar NoSQL databases), 3) Application deployment (e.g., Kubernetes, API optimization). The intern will gain experience working in a professional setting with federal scientists on a globally important archival weather data resource.

This will be a paid, part-time internship position, working remotely. For details and to apply, please go to:

Other Applications

To apply for an unpaid internship position, please submit the following materials to
  1. Cover letter, including:
    • Proposed project plan based on an NCICS program area (visit our Expertise< and Portfolio pages for additional information) or a statement of general interest
    • Brief description of prior experience and interest
    • Proposed dates for the internship
  2. Official information regarding approved enrollment or participation in an internship program with a school/home institution, if applicable
  3. Recommendation letter
  4. Most recent transcripts
  5. Resume

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