Research, Internships, and More

Research and internship opportunities

Internships provide a valuable opportunity to explore interests in potential meteorological career paths and to extend knowledge through real-life experiences.  Internships with various National Weather Service Forecast Offices (such as Seattle and Portland) as well as with local TV stations, have proven to be very popular.

Students may earn academic credit for research or internships, which sometimes provide a stipend. To register for ATM S 497 Internship or ATM S 499 Research students are expected to locate a faculty sponsor. Once they have located a sponsor please see the Academic Advisor in ATG 416 for an add code and forms.

Several of our students have begun successful careers in TV weathercasting in this manner, and many successfully entered the National Weather Service by interning.

Other internships in the past few years have been at the U.S. Forest Service, the Northwest Avalanche Center, and the Pacific Marine Environmental Lab, as well as  environmentally oriented labs or businesses.

Many of our majors also participate in departmental research projects, learning while making important contributions to the research, sometimes with a stipend.  In addition, majors often participate in field programs.  Recently, a number of undergraduates flew on the NOAA P3 aircraft (the 'Hurricane Hunter') during a study of precipitation processes over the Oregon Cascades (IMPROVE-2).



Opportunities for Educational Enhancement

Learning possibilities for Atmospheric Sciences majors don't end in the classroom. Each week there are several seminars or talks on a variety of topics, and undergraduates are welcome to attend all. Some opportunities include:

  • Department Seminars and Colloquia. Each week there is a department colloquium, generally on a topic of general interest. Prior to the colloquium, refreshments are served and students and faculty gather in an informal setting. In addition, there are a number of weekly seminars with a more specialized focus.

  • Weekly weather discussion. Every Tuesday at 12:30 PM a member of the department gives a weather discussion on current conditions or on a topic of individual choice.

  • Northwest Weather Workshop.  Each year the UW cosponsors a gathering of approximately 150 regional meteorologists on the latest advances in Northwest meteorology and weather forecasting.  The first day of the meeting generally has a theme, such as aviation or hydrometeorology.

  • AMS UW Student Chapter.  Majors in the department regularly meet as a student chapter of the American Meteorological Society.

  • Puget Sound AMS Chapter. Monthly meetings, including a talk and refreshments, of the Puget Sound Chapter of the American Meteorological Society are popular with students.

  • Participation in Annual Department Forecast Contest.  Prizes are awarded.

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