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Applications for the 2021 NESSI program are now closed.

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Applicants must be available full-time (40 hours/week) during May 17-July 30, 2021 to participate.
  2. Undergraduate projects
    • Undergraduates completing their sophomore year or higher are eligible.
    • Seniors
      • Seniors graduating in December 2021 are eligible for undergraduate positions.
      • Seniors graduating in May/June 2021 who are enrolling to graduate programs for Fall 2021 are eligible for Graduate positions. 
      • Seniors graduating in May/June 2021 who are NOT enrolling to graduate school are ineligible for NESSI.
  3. Graduate projects
    • Undergraduate Seniors graduating in May/June 2021 who are enrolling in graduate programs for Fall 2021 are eligible for Graduate positions.
    • Graduate students continuing graduate programs in Fall 2021 are eligible.
  4. Must currently be enrolled in a U.S. university.
  5. Must be authorized to work in the U.S. to be eligible for the NESSI program.
    • For F visa students accepted to the NESSI program, CPT work authorization issued through a U.S. Designated School Official (DSO) or OPT issued through both a DSO and the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Services (USCIS) will be required.  International Students at U.S. Schools welcomed and encouraged to apply.

NESSI seeks to involve students from groups that are historically underrepresented in the sciences, including Black or African-American, American Indian or Alaska Native, Hispanic or Latinx, female, first-generation college students, veterans, LGBTQ+ students, and students with disabilities.

Please be aware that all applicants selected to the Undergraduate Leadership Workshop are expected to adhere to the UCAR Code of Conduct while participating in any NCAR/UCAR internship.


  • Paid competitive hourly wage. 
  • Because NESSI 2021 will be a virtual program, in lieu of housing participants will receive a living stipend for their participation.
  • Professional development workshops during the summer and opportunities for funding as an alum.
  • Networking opportunities with professionals and other interns.

Preferred Skills/Abilities

  • Ability to work with a diverse group of peers
  • Skill in the use of software for communication purposes (e.g., Word, Excel, PowerPoint, email)
  • Ability and willingness to learn and use scientific computing tools and programs
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Basic problem solving skills
  • Ability to analyze data and draw conclusions
  • Potential to excel in a scientific career
  • Basic knowledge of mathematics, computer science or engineering - through coursework
  • Ability to work full-time (40 hours/week) during the summer program
  • Ability to interact with mentors & peers in a manner to support collaboration and inquiry
  • Ability and willingness to work within guidelines and policies of organization and assigned work groups

Summer Expectations

  • Attend technical seminars
  • Attend skill-enhancing workshops
  • Give an oral presentation of results
  • Create a scientific poster and present at poster session

Steps for Applying

  1. Review eligibility and academic standing requirements listed above.
  2. Get an unofficial transcript from your college or university. You can likely download a free copy from your school's Student Portal. 
    • Graduate students should include both their undergraduate and graduate transcripts.
  3. Update your resume/CV
  4. Write a not-to-exceed one-page cover letter clearly describing each of the following:  
    • Describe why you are interested in an internship at NCAR.
    • Explain how this program addresses your educational and career goals and what you expect to gain if selected.
    • Share how your personal background allows you to make unique contributions to the program (i.e. social, cultural, familial, economic, educational, etc.).
    • In at least 200 words, describe how your past actions and future plans encourage and contribute to diverse and inclusive work environments within your community or university/college.
  5.  References (we will only ask for recommendation letters from your references if needed)
    • ASK EARLY!
    • Reach out to 2 people who can speak to your academic work and/or work ethic, and ask if they are willing to serve as references. 
      • Academic related references preferred.
    • When you have identified 2 references, submit your reference’s contact info here.
      • *TIP* you can (and should) complete this step before you submit your application
  6. Prepare your application packet(s). 
    • Combine your cover letter, resume/CV, and transcripts into 1 PDF document
    • Name the PDF “LastName_FirstName” 
      • *TIP* You should have a separate packet for each project you apply to.
  7. Apply through Workday.
    • Application - This link is the same for all 2021 undergraduate and graduate student NESSI Internships applications. 
    • *TIP* When uploading your initial resume/CV, the system will scan your resume and autofill prior job information.  You only need to have 1 prior job information so save time by removing all of your extra positions.  In the system, you MUST have at least one prior job.
    • *TIP* Desired Salary: We have a TBD hourly salary for interns which is not open to negotiation.  You can put "N/A."

Important Dates

  • January 7, 2021: Application process opens 
  • February 7, 2021: Application process closes
  • Early February: Intern selection begins. Qualified candidates will be contacted for interviews.
  • Mid to late February, 2021: Candidate Interviews
  • Mid March: Offers to selected candidates
  • May 17, 2021: NESSI Program Begins
  • May 31, 2021: Memorial Day Holiday, NCAR closed
  • July 5, 2021 Independence Day Holiday Observed, NCAR closed
  • July 27 – July 29, 2021: Tentative Intern Presentations 
  • July 31, 2021: NESSI Program Ends