NOAA Pathways Internship

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.


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Donald Long Jr. is a current William M. Lapenta Internship Program intern at NOAA’s Weather Program Office (WPO) and has been an 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.

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