Information for Research Inter...

Information for Research Internship Managers

The NCAR Education and Outreach Office is here to support labs and programs in running their internships. To see a comprehensive list of the internships in different labs and programs, please see Internships at NCAR|UCAR.

Interns at a poster session

What's the difference between a student assistantship and a research internship?

While a student assistant may analyze data, do field work, or support scientific research in other ways, an intern does a project that they design and execute with guidance and with deliverables such as a poster and talk. Internships have mentors who work closely with interns, and often have several students who develop a sense of being in a cohort through team-building, field trips, and other activities. Internships typically provide training in communicating results, résumé writing, and looking at career options. Workshops will be hosted by Valerie Sloan, A.J. Lauer, an other experts within the organization. 


Intern Workshop Series of 2018 

The workshops run on Thursday mornings from 9:00 - 11:00 am.

May 24Introduction, work plan, & elevator speechMLDamon Room
May 31 One-day leadership trainingML FBWOR Boardroom
June 7  Diversity and inclusionMLDamon Room
June 14Career PanelMLTBD
June 20Field trip to NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center (full day, optional)BusSignup details TBD
June 21Data management and making effective figuresMLVisLab
June 29 How to make a topnotch scientific poster ML and FL1Damon Room + EOL Atrium
July 5NCAR tour at 1pm & Trail hike at 3 pmMLDamon Room
July 12 How to give a great scientific talkFL21003
July 19No workshop  
July 26How to write a résumé and CVML and FL1Damon Room + EOL Atrium
Aug 2Poster Presentation Event - in the afternoonCG1Lobby & Auditorium

Poster Session: A poster session for interns will be held on Aug. 2nd in the afternoon at CG1. Interns are encouraged to present there.

Field trips: Students will be able to tour the NCAR Mesa Lab, the NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center, and the NCAR Research Aviation Facility.

Resources for Internship Managers 

Providing students with smooth on-ramping helps them to function better in doing research. The NCAR Education and Outreach Office will support labs and programs with guidance on the following:

A work plan & communication plan: Encourage your mentors and interns to work together to make a communication and work plan, with milestones

View a Google calendar: See workshops dates and locations and copy to your calendar

Preparing your mentors:  Share these Tips for intership mentors and these resources with your mentors. 

One-day Leadership Training:  View the Agenda of the training that will be in the Fleischmann Building at the Mesa Lab

Evaluation:  The NCAR Education & Outreach team will conduct an evaluation of all internship programs with a post-internship survey that each internship can add questions to. See the 2017 NCAR intern survey results

Summer housing at CU Boulder:  NCAR|UCAR houses many of our interns at Bear Creek Apartments

Ethics, Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR), and sexual harassment training: Interns will receive these trainings during their on-boarding process as employees of NCAR through Human Resources

For support or more information on running an internship at NCAR|UCAR, please contact Valerie Sloan at NCAR Education & Outreach.