Please note: The Spark Pre-College Internship is not taking applications for and will not be run during the summer of 2013. We are hard at work improving the program, so stay tuned to find out what comes next!
The Spark Pre-College Internship is a research experience designed to introduce a diverse community of high school students to the world of atmospheric and related sciences.
- Work one-on-one with a scientist or engineer on a real-world project
- Perform research at an NCAR or NOAA lab with exposure to the latest technology and equipment
- Go behind the scenes at local scientific labs, supercomputing labs and research aircraft facilities
- Present your research project results in a scientific poster session
- Learn about career opportunities in science, computing and engineering
Students are paired with a scientist who conducts research related to weather or climate. A few of the exciting areas of scientific research include:
- Understanding a rapidly changing climate and its impact on the Earth
- Severe weather events, such as hurricanes, tornadoes and floods
- Connections between weather and human health
- The role of instrumentation in scientific field campaigns
- The changing chemical composition of the atmosphere
- Analysis of data and modeling climate cycles
Stipend: Spark interns are paid while working in a research lab for six weeks during the summer.
Transportation: Interns receive a bus pass for use during the internship.
Writing workshop: Students will participate in a weekly writing workshop that will guide them through creating a professional-quality scientific poster.
College and career counseling: Spark interns will receive personalized counseling to help them plan for their future studies and careers.