Current Internship Opportunities

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Current Internship Opportunities

NCICS is currently seeking undergraduate and graduate students interested in Summer 2020 internships.

Please review the project needs listed below and, if interested, apply through the NCSU Jobs site. In your cover letter, please be sure to note the project(s) you are interested in, as well as any relevant training.

Note: All positions will be located in downtown Asheville, NC, in the Veach-Baley Federal Building, which houses NCICS and NOAA NCEI’s headquarters, and will require a federal background check.

The covid-19 pandemic may affect the status of these positions, but interested applicants are encouraged to apply. We will update this page as more information becomes available.

Project 1:
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.

Project 2:
Cloud computing internship for high-performance data archive software development

This internship will contribute to an ongoing commercial cloud transition project that will investigate feasibility and develop new ways to migrate in-house archival processes to commercial cloud architectures. The intern will work under the guidance of two researchers with expertise in data science and environmental science. Examples of tools that will be used include Amazon AWS AI and machine learning (AWS Rekognition), Big Data and analytics (AWS Redshift, AWS EMR), data orchestration (Data Pipeline, AWS Glue), analytics (AWS Athena), and serverless options (AWS Lambda). The intern can expect to gain knowledge and experience working with scientists and engineers on a large, interdisciplinary data management and long-term archive project. The intern will have some freedom to approach problems and develop solutions drawing from their unique skill set.

Project 3:
Economic impacts of drought on agriculture

Deficits in moisture caused by drought can have profound societal and economic impacts that, over time, elevate an area’s risks for fires, landslides, adverse health outcomes, and potentially others. The agricultural sector is particularly vulnerable to drought, with over $249 billion dollars in losses since the 1980s (NCEI 2020). Despite clear linkages between drought and agriculture, the role of drought intensity versus timing on economic outcomes is not fully understood. In this study, geographic information systems technologies will be leveraged to combine economic data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) with drought information from the U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM) to explore the relationship between drought and agricultural losses. In addition, the billion-dollar drought event database will be analyzed to provide historical context on the timing and severity of significant drought events. It is expected that both drought severity and timing have some impact on economic losses; however, this relationship may vary regionally, by crop type, and by access to irrigation.

Project 4:
Climate customer engagement and analytics

This project internship involves analyzing and summarizing user analytics and activities from the NOAA NCEI Regional Climate Centers and American Association of State Climatologist partners in support of the National Climate Services Partnership. The student will gain familiarity with the Salesforce software tool and an awareness of the various uses and applications of climate information, especially at the regional and state level. NCEI will benefit from improved integration of regional and state-level user analytics and requirements into user engagement activities at NCEI’s Center for Weather and Climate. Deliverables will include a summary report and presentation of recent activities and a template for continued reporting of these activities to leadership.

Other Applications

To apply for an unpaid internship position, please submit the following materials to internships@ncics.org:
  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

For questions, email: internships@ncics.org