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Cooperative Institute for Modeling the Earth System (CIMES) Research Internship Program

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Note: this opportunity encourages applications from community college students.

The Cooperative Institute for Modeling the Earth System (CIMES) at Princeton University in collaboration with NOAA's Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory (GFDL) is recruiting undergraduate students for 8-9 week research internships in atmospheric, oceanic and earth system science. Awardees will work with host scientists at Princeton University and NOAA/GFDL, a world-leading center of earth system modeling, research and prediction.

Interns will work on a focused scientific problem under the close supervision of their GFDL/Princeton host, and benefit from resources and activities at GFDL, including interaction with scientists and graduate students, access to high performance computing and library facilities, and opportunities to participate in a wide range of seminars and GFDL social events. We particularly encourage applications from students whose participation will add to the diversity of researchers in earth system science, including students from underrepresented groups, and first-generation college students.

The summer internship program will be in-person at GFDL in Princeton, New Jersey unless the selected intern receives prior approval for remote work. Interns will receive a stipend of $5,600 - $6,300 for a 40-hour work week; depending on the length of the internship. Starting dates and length of the internship are flexible depending on host availability. On campus room/board is typically made available to interns from late May to late July and is provided as part of the program. Interns not living at home but using housing other than campus housing will receive a commensurate housing allowance. Interns will also receive reimbursement for travel to and from Princeton.

Princeton University requires that all summer interns be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 and must be prepared to show proof of vaccinations described in the EHS policy.

Applicants must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate degree program at time of application, and either a US Citizen or permanent resident, or authorized to work in the USA.

Applicants will be asked to provide a preference for their research project from the options listed on the CIMES website. A complete application will include two letters of recommendation. In lieu of a cover letter, applicants are asked to explain: How this internship will contribute to their long-term goals, how their academic background (including relevant courses) provides them with the skills they could apply to this internship, and whether they have had any previous research opportunities.

For full details of all projects, see CIMES website.
accepts non-us citizens

Participating Institution(s):
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Princeton University (Lead)

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Atmospheric Sciences
Environmental Sciences
Geological Sciences
Marine Sciences & Oceanography

Atmospheric Chemistry
Biological Oceanography
Coastal Ocean Sciences
Fisheries Management
Ocean Models
Physical Oceanography

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This program is funded by:
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

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