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Coping with drought in support of the National Integrated Drought Information System

Summary / Description


You will work within NOAA’s Climate Program Office (CPO) in Silver Spring, Maryland where you will become involved in activities that augment current climate understanding and practices used to meet the climate-related needs of decision makers. Your specific responsibilities will focus on issues related to coping with drought and NIDIS (see: for more information).

Depending on your background and interests, you will work with the program manager on creating documents that highlight lessons learned from funded grants, developing articles for the CPO website, or even writing drafts of articles for peer reviewed journals.  A previous example of work performed by a former undergraduate intern may be found on:

You will attend meetings with federal policy makers, be encouraged to take advantage of speakers and relevant meetings in Washington DC (including on the Hill), and be included in other related staff activities.

By the end of the summer, you will have an interdisciplinary understanding of the scientific and policy issues surrounding drought.  You will also improve your abilities to communicate scientific and policy issues to a variety of audiences.


Skills Required

— Have a basic understanding of climate and/or drought through scientific (physical, natural and/or social science) training;
— Feel comfortable writing for a general audience;
— Enjoy interviewing/speaking with researchers about their work;
— Have the ability to work independently, as well as in a team environment.

Other Information

Internship Location: NOAA’s Climate Program Office, 1315 East-West Hwy, Silver Spring, MD

Intern Supervisor: Nancy Beller-Simms, Ph.D. / Number of slots available: 1

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