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Student Employment Programs

The information on this Web page is designed to give students information on the different student employment opportunities offered through NOAA. The programs below offer participants an opportunity to learn how NOAA/NOS operates as a federal agency, carrying out our mission to provide products, services, and information that promote safe navigation, support coastal communities, sustain marine ecosystems, and mitigate coastal hazards.

Student interns work on worthwhile projects assigned by their manager or supervisor. Students interested in any of the programs below should have strong research, oral, and writing skills. If you have questions about any of the programs, please contact Michelle Crockett at or (301) 713-9882.

American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES)
AISES is a national non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of American Indians and Alaskan Natives in science, engineering, and technology. Its membership includes students and professional in business and other academic disciplines. AISES has nearly 2,000 students members and 150 college chapters. AISES offers many different programs to its members: summer internship opportunities, professional, and community programs.

High School/High Tech (HS/HT) Program
HS/HT is a program for high school students with disabilities. The program has several goals, including motivating students to explore their own interests and potential in the sciences and technology and to explore careers in these areas. Through this program students are provided internship opportunities, learn to write resumes, and are given public speaking and leadership skills. There are over 100 program nation wide.

Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU)
HACU is an organization committed to the success of the nation's Hispanic community. HACU represents more than 300 colleges and universities committed to Hispanic higher education success in the U.S., Puerto Rico, Latin America and Spain, and thousands of Hispanic students are a part of this organization. HACU's Internship Program places students nationwide. The goal of the program is to provide students with professional experience, expose them to research, development, technology, and administrative careers.

NOAA's Educational Partnership Program (EPP)
EPP's mission is to increase the number of professionals from under-represented groups in NOAA sciences. The EPP provides financial assistance to minority serving academic institutions to support collaborative research and training of students in NOAA-related sciences through competitive processes. The EPP provides financial assistance through four program components, including the Cooperative Science Centers; the Environmental Entrepreneurship Program; the Graduate Sciences Program; and, the Undergraduate Scholarship Program.

NOAA's Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Program
The NOAA's Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Program provides successful undergraduate applicants with awards that include academic assistance, to increase undergraduate training in oceanic and atmospheric science and increase the number of young people pursuing careers in these fields.

NOAA Student/Faculty Research Participation Program
This NOAA program is administrated by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. It offers high school, undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate students pursuing academic studies in business, computer sciences, engineering, life sciences, and physical sciences an opportunity to gain valuable work experience and exposure to NOAA related disciplines. This program also provides faculty members a chance to pursue research opportunities related to NOAA's mission. Applications are accepted all year.

Student Career Employment Program (SCEP)
SCEP offers participants work experience directly related to their academic field of study. It provides formal periods of work and study while attending school. Participants in this program may be eligible for permanent employment after successfully completing their education and work requirements.

Student Temporary Employment Program (STEP)
STEP offers temporary job opportunities to its participants. The work experience gained through this program need not be related to participants' academic field of study. A participants may work during the summer and/or as long as he/she is a student.

Student Volunteer Service (note: these opportunities are unpaid)
NOAA's National Ocean Service offers unpaid training opportunities to high school and college students. This program offers work experience related to participants' academic field of study. Students have the opportunity to explore their career options and to develop both professional and personal skills.

Workforce Recruitment Program (WRP)
WRP is a program for college students with disabilities, coordinated by the U.S. Department of Labor's Office of Disability Employment Policy and the Department of Defense. The program provides student with disabilities a resource to market their skills for permanent and/or temporary employment. Hundreds of students are recruited into this program each year. Federal agencies and private companies across the U.S. are able to hire hundreds of students through this program each year.


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The District of Columbia Metropolitan Consortium for Mathematics, Science and Engineering Program (METCON)
This six to eight week summer program offers high school sophomores and juniors within the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area career awareness and technically-oriented work experiences in NOAA-related disciplines. The Program is administrated by Howard University's School of Engineering. For more information, contact Dr. Lawanda Peace at (202) 806-6627 or Howard University, School of Engineering, Architecture and Computer Science, 2300 Sixth Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20059.


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