Internships

NCICS Internships - make a difference!

NCICS researchers occasionally work with interns (high school, college, recent graduates) on projects which fit into their scope of activities. The majority of NCICS internships are unpaid, though if funding is available, college students and recent graduates may be considered for a paid internship. NCICS does not provide housing or relocation assistance for internships.

Internships are offered on a project and/or task basis, providing direct support of ongoing research and are targeted to specific skills and needs. Internships may range in length from 1 week to 6 months or longer, depending on the proposal and the accepted project agreement established with the NCICS mentor. A typical intern works 10-20 hours per week.

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

Past projects have included​: ​

  • Climatology of weather events using satellite, radar, and in-situ observations
  • Application of statistical techniques to climatological analyses
  • Development of algorithms to monitor the state of the climate
  • Use of high performance computing approaches in Big Data

Intern Andrew Dundas (right) interviewing NCICS postdoc Andrew Ballinger (left).

Internships will vary depending on Institute needs, scheduling, and project proposals. Proposals may focus on:

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

General Position Details

High School Students

Funding: Unpaid

Length of Time: One week to one semester

Arrangement: As a part of school coursework or independent

Hours: Up to 20/week

Application Process: Through school contact or independent submission of application materials (see below) emailed to: internships@cicsnc.org

College Students

Funding: Paid or unpaid, depending on availability of funds

Length of Time: One week to one semester

Arrangement: As a part of approved school coursework or independent

Hours: Typically 20/week

Application Process: Through NC State University’s employment site: http://jobs.ncsu.edu

Recent Graduates

Funding: Paid or unpaid, depending on availability of funds

Length of Time: Up to 6 months or longer

Arrangement: Independent

Hours: Typically 20/week

Application Process: Through NC State University’s employment site: http://jobs.ncsu.edu

Application Submission Dates

Internship Semester Applications Accepted
Fall June 1 - June 30
Spring October 1 - October 31
Summer March 1 - March 31

Required Application Materials

  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@cicsnc.org