The National Weather Service offices regularly provide opportunities for college students to gain valuable work experience, both as paid employees and as unpaid volunteers. A number of current NWS employees participated in such programs when they were students, and remain grateful for the experience. For this reason, we understand how beneficial such programs can be and are eager to return the favor!
Of course, the NWS benefits greatly from these programs as well. Not only do we gain additional help for a few months, but we also give potential future employees a running start toward a successful NWS career. When deciding which recent graduate to hire, a manager in the NWS places emphasis on actual NWS experience, and the positive recommendations that go with it!