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Unidata Summer Internship Program in USA, 2019

The Unidata is delighted to announce the 2019 Unidata Summer Internship program. The program will offer graduate students and upper-level undergrads an opportunity to work with Unidata software engineers and scientists on projects drawn from a wide variety of areas that overlap atmospheric and computational sciences.

Housing is provided for all students selected for the internship. Interns will receive an hourly wage and will receive travel support if traveling to Boulder for the internship.

Unidata is a member of the UCAR Community Programs, managed by the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, and funded by the National Science Foundation. Unidata’s mission is to support the Earth Science research and education community with innovative data access, analysis, and visualization tools.

Field of Internship: Internship is available for software engineers and scientists
Internship Type: Internship, Full-time, Non-Exempt
Internship Provider:
Internship can be taken in
Boulder, Colorado, United States


  • To be eligible, applicants must be graduate students and upper-level undergrads.
  • Students must be authorized to work in the U.S. to be eligible for the Unidata program.
  • UCAR/NCAR will not sponsor a work visa (e.g., J-1, H1-B, etc.) for this position.
  • For F visa students accepted to the SUPER 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.

As an intern, you will need:

Education and Years of Experience:

  • Must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate program as a sophomore, junior, or senior, or enrolled in a graduate level program with a focus on earth science or, if in a related field (e.g., computing or engineering), some earth science coursework preferred.
  • For software development projects, coursework in computer science (or relevant experience) with an emphasis in data formats and/or geosciences preferred.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Demonstrated knowledge and skill in the areas of data access, distribution, analysis, and/or visualization.
  • Experience with geoscience data formats (e.g., netCDF, GRIB, BUFR).
  • Basic knowledge, through coursework, of earth and/or computer science.
  • Ability and willingness to learn and use new scientific computing tools and programs.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work with a diverse group of peers.
  • Ability to work full-time in Boulder, Colorado during the summer program.
  • Ability to interact with mentors and peers in a manner that supports collaboration and inquiry.
  • Ability and willingness to work within guidelines and policies of the organization and assigned work groups.

Desired Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • The ideal candidate will have completed the equivalent of two years of college; have some basic research and programming experience and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • For software development projects, working knowledge of at least one Version Control tool, preferably Git.

Internship Open for International Students: Not known

Is this paid internship? This is a paid internship programme.

Interns work at the Unidata Program Center (UPC) in Boulder, Colorado. Housing (shared with other UCAR interns) is provided, along with an hourly stipend and transportation costs to and from Boulder. Additionally, Unidata will arrange for 2019 interns to attend the 2020 AMS annual meeting to present their work. Note that housing benefits are considered taxable income.

Internship Description:

As an intern, you will use, design, and/or modify existing Unidata software in innovative ways to better support the Unidata Community. Projects could come from the following areas:

  • Enhancements for Unidata’s various Python projects, e.g. MetPy, Siphon, or the Jupyter Notebook Gallery
  • Work to enhance Unidata supported scientific analysis and visualization software products, e.g., IDV and AWIPS
  • Work to enhance Unidata scientific data access and distribution software products, e.g., THREDDS Data Server (TDS) and netCDF
  • Investigate the use of scientific data access, analysis, and visualization tools in Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, or other cloud environments
  • Use Unidata tools to generate products for use by the Unidata community, e.g., develop and document a library of IDV bundles

Number of awards offered: Numbers not given

Internship Duration: The 2019 program is an 11-week summer position (40 hours/week) running 20 May to 2 August 2019.

Notification: Not given

How to Apply:

To apply, applications are must be submitted through the UCAR Career Portal.

Application Requirements:

  • Current CV or resume.
  • Letter of Interest, no more than two pages in length.
  • Describe the work you are interested in doing during the internship.
  • Please indicate which Unidata software package(s) you are interested in using or developing and how your work would positively impact the Unidata community. See the summaries of recent interns’ projects for an idea of the typical scope of a summer project, but don’t feel limited by past interns’ choices of areas to work in.
  • Contact information for two recommending faculty members. (Unidata will contact them directly.)
  • Copy of your most recent university transcript (unofficial transcript).
  • If interested in software development focused internship, sample source code demonstrating knowledge and skill in the areas of data access, distribution, analysis, and/or visualization (a web link to a source code repository preferred).

Internship Application Deadline: Internship application deadline is 25 January 2019.

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