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WPO Interns

Past 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. 

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Sam Ephraim was a 2021 William M. Lapenta Intern at NOAA’s Weather Program Office (WPO). He is a rising senior at the University of Michigan majoring in Climate & Meteorology with a concentration in meteorology along with Computer Science.

Prior to interning at NOAA, Sam was a part of the Large-Scale Dynamics and General Circulation research group with professor Ángel F. Adames-Corraliza. He studied the role of thermal variations on precipitation intensity in the MJO and presented his work at the 2020 AMS Conference. Sam is currently on a Multidisciplinary Design Team at the University of Michigan where he is collaborating with a team of other students and Honda to develop a navigation system that incorporates current and forecasted weather hazards.

Outside of school, Sam loves to apply his weather knowledge while enjoying his favorite hobby, sailing. He is on the University of Michigan Sailing Team and has served on the executive board as the treasurer since the beginning of 2020.

Alice Grossman was 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. was a 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.