NCICS Internships - make a difference!

NCICS accepts a limited number of interns every year.  These interns include high school, undergraduate and graduate students.  Financial resources and space constraints limit the number of students we can accept, however, we encourage proposals from all interested students.

The majority of NCICS internships are unpaid. NCICS welcomes unpaid internship proposals from High School, Undergraduate and Graduate students on a rolling basis throughout the year. NCICS does not provide housing or relocation assistance or any other monetary compensation during the course of an unpaid internship. Applicants must show proof that they are enrolled in and/or, participating in, a supervised Internship program with their home institution to be considered for an unpaid internship.

Paid internships are offered on a project and/or task basis: they provide direct support of ongoing research and are targeted to specific skills and needs. Typically paid internships will be offered through the NCSU jobs website ( under NCICS.

Internships may range from 2 weeks to 6 months or longer, depending on the proposal strength and the accepted project agreement established with your NCICS mentor. Interns must work less than 20 hours per week: a typical intern works 15-20 hours per week.

Interns should have interest in Atmospheric Science, Applied Meteorology and Climatology, Statistics, Computer Science, Communications, or Climate Policy. Interns should have strong analytical skills, an aptitude for computer programming and languages, the ability to work independently and an interest in communicating their results.

Intern Andrew Dundas (right) interviewing CICS post doc Andrew Ballinger (left).

Internships will vary depending on the time of year, scheduling, and project proposals. 

Internship project proposals should focus on the following areas of study:

  • Climate Change and Variability
  • Applied meteorology and climatology
  • Atmospheric Science
  • Weather Extremes
  • Computer science
  • Climate Policy
  • Earth Science
  • Hydrology
  • Biology and Ecology
  • Mathematics
  • Statistics
  • Graphic Design
  • Communications
  • User Engagement

Example Research Topics have included​:​

  • Climatology of weather events using satellite, radar, and in-situ observations
  • Scientific validation of products developed at NCEI
  • Comparison of observations from co-located networks
  • Application of robust statistical techniques to climatological analyses
  • Development of algorithms to monitor the state of the climate, from the local to global scale
  • Use of high performance computing approaches to the analysis of Big Data
  • Communication of climate science 
  • Case studies of meteorological events
  • Case studies of the utility of climate information

Internship proposal packages should include, if possible:

  1. Cover letter including:
    • Proposed project plan based on a NCICS program area (please visit our Expertise and Portfolio pages for additional information). General Interest Letters are also accepted.
    • Brief description of your experience and interest
    • Proposed dates for your internship
  2. Official information on your approved enrollment or participation in an internship program with your home institution
  3. Recommendation Letter
  4. Transcripts and resume

You will be contacted for an interview if an NCICS mentor is available to supervise your proposed project.

Contact Information

Please email your application or questions to