The Midwestern Regional Climate Center (MRCC) Summer Internship Program is a 12-week program designed to provide students in the atmospheric sciences with practical experience in applied climate issues. The MRCC serves the nine-state Midwest region with climate data, information, and applied research on climate-sensitive issues such as agriculture, climate change, energy, environment, human health, risk management, transportation, and water resources. The program is open to current sophomores and juniors majoring in the atmospheric sciences with a strong interest in applied climatology. See the attached announcement for details.
Applications for the internship are due no later than April 6. Selection will then take place as soon as possible and we hope to notify the successful applicant by April 27. The paid intern will be expected to commit to the entire 12-week period. Arrangements will be made ahead of time with MRCC staff to have the intern work on applied research projects and climate service activities. The time the intern spends in each area will depend on the number of projects or areas available (maximum of four).
Students interested in applying should submit a letter of application and a resume, including references. Submission by email is acceptable, but any attachments (letters or resume) should be named with the applicant's last name (e.g. JonesResume.doc).
Since Champaign-Urbana is a college town, summer sublets are usually easy to find.
Position: Student Hourly (2 positions)
Salary: $12/hour 40 hours/week
Availability: May 28 - Aug 17, 2012
Primary Function of Position: To serve in a support role within the service and research-based environment at the Midwestern Regional Climate Center.
Duties & Responsibilities: This position is designed to expose the intern to the range of activities performed by the MRCC. The intern will assist MRCC scientists with applied research projects and will assist climatologist in responding to data and information requests as needed.
Qualifications: Currently (2011-2012 school year) enrolled as a sophomore or junior majoring in the atmospheric sciences or related field. A strong interest in climatology preferred. Experience in scripting languages, word processing, and spreadsheet software is desirable. Experience in computer programming and statistical packages are helpful.
Contact Information: Letters and resumes submitted electronically via email must include the applicant's last name as part of the file name. Interested applicants should email cover letter and resume no later than April 25, 2012 to:
Beth Hall, Director MRCC
Illinois State Water Survey