WPO Interns

The NOAA Weather Program Office participates in NOAA educational opportunities to ensure individuals gain the knowledge and skills needed to be successful in the STEM field. Below are the types of internships and more about our past and current interns. For more information please e-mail info.wpo@noaa.gov

Types of Internships

AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellowships (STPF) provide opportunities to outstanding scientists and engineers to learn first-hand about policymaking while contributing their knowledge and analytical skills to the federal policymaking process. Fellows serve yearlong assignments in the executive, legislative and judicial branches of the federal government in Washington. Each year, the program adds to a growing corps over 3,400 strong of policy-savvy leaders working across academia, government, nonprofits and industry to serve the nation and the world.

For more information on AAAS Science & Technology Fellowships visit here

The NOAA Pathways Internship Program is designed to provide students enrolled in a wide variety of educational institutions, from high school to graduate level, with opportunities to work in Federal agencies and explore Public Service careers, while still in school and while getting paid for the work they are performing. Students who successfully complete the program may be eligible for conversion to a permanent job in the civil service. All available NOAA internship opportunities and additional information can be found at USAJOBS.

For more information on the NOAA Pathways Internship Program visit the Office of Human Capital Services.

The William M. LaPenta NOAA Student Internship Program 

NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Prediction (NCEP) is "Where America's Climate and Weather Services Begin." NCEP is offering up to 20 paid summer internships targeted towards current 2nd and 3rd year undergraduate and enrolled graduate students to work in areas that will meet the future needs of the ever-broadening user community and address the strategic climate-water-weather issues. Each student will collaborate with one or more scientists at our five centers located in College Park, Maryland.

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Meet Our Current and Past Interns

Alice Grossman is a Science and Technology Policy Fellow with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) at the Weather Program Office (WPO). At WPO, her main objective is to develop a social data strategy that supports program planning, management, and evaluation by connecting and organizing text data from multiple sources within NOAA

Prior to her AAAS Fellowship, Dr. Grossman was a Senior Policy Analyst at the Eno Center for Transportation, an independent non-profit think tank in Washington DC. In that capacity, she managed projects and conducted research in various areas of multimodal transportation with a focus on research relating to vehicle automation, transportation technology platforms, performance measurement, electronic travel diary development, K-12 and higher education in transportation, active transportation safety, and pedestrian infrastructure asset management and accessibility for people with disabilities. She is an active member of both the Pedestrian Committee and the Transit Management and Performance Committee of the Transportation Research Board unit of the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine.

Alice has also worked with the Pritzker award winning Catalan Architecture firm RCR Arquitectes, as well as with the South Pole Telescope Group at the University of Chicago. She believes strongly in interdisciplinary learning and exchange, and in the importance of diversity in thought, experience, and background.

Alice completed her B.A. at Vassar College in Physics and Astronomy, and her Ph.D. at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Civil Engineering. This year, she was named one of Mass Transit’s 40 Under 40.

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Donald Long Jr. is a current NOAA Pathways intern at NOAA’s Weather Program Office (WPO) and was a NWS Pathways intern for two years. He is also a rising Atmospheric Science graduate student at Howard University.

Prior to serving as a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of North Dakota for a year, he earned his B.S. in Meteorology from Valparaiso University in 2019. Donald wants to combine his interest in weather with his passion for social justice and activism in the future. He plans on pursuing advanced degrees in both Atmospheric Science and Sociology at Howard.

In his spare time, Donald enjoys listening to music, playing the clarinet, podcasting, reading, and promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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Ayesha Wilkinson was a 2019 Summer Pathways intern at NOAA’s Office of Weather and Air Quality (OWAQ), now Weather Program Office (WPO), and a graduate student at Howard University in Washington, D.C. studying Atmospheric Science, Ayesha’ work focused on social science and hurricane rainfall data analysis.

Ayesha attended Florida State University for her undergraduate degree in Environmental Science and a minor in Meteorology. She has previously interned at NOAA's National Hurricane Center, the Florida Division of Emergency Management, WXGA News, and Penn State University.

In her spare time Ayesha loves to sew, eat sushi, and learn about hurricanes.