Outreach, Diversity, Education internship

This is a paid student intern position. Initial consideration will be given to applications received by 5 p.m. MST on January 17, 2023 (extended from January 13). Thereafter, applications will be reviewed on an as-needed basis.

To apply, see our job posting here.

For Summer 2023, we are planning for an in-person internship program although everything is bound by the local safety and health regulations due to COVID-19. The CODE intern is expected to be on-site. In 2022, we held a hybrid program with interns coming on-site to our Boulder, Colorado, campuses. In 2021 and 2020, our entire program was a completely remote internship program.

If you are seeking a technical internship, please see the 2023 technical projects listed here.

U.S. Citizenship, Permanent Residency, or other protected status under 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3) is required for this position. UCAR/NCAR will not sponsor a work visa (e.g., J-1, H1-B, etc.) for this position.

Vaccine Requirements: As required by Executive Order 14042, all Federal Contractor employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee’s duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. Effective immediately, UCAR requires all new employees to be fully vaccinated prior to entering on duty, subject to such exceptions as required by law.

If selected, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination by December 8, 2021 or before appointment or onboarding with UCAR, if after December 8, 2021. UCAR will provide additional information regarding what information or documentation will be needed and how you can request of UCAR a legally required exception from this requirement.

Where you will work

Located in Boulder, the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) and National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) serve and participate in a collaborative community of researchers and educators who are dedicated to understanding the atmosphere -- the air around us -- and the complex processes that make up the Earth system, from the ocean floor to the Sun’s core.

The goal of the Summer Internships in Parallel Computational Sciences (SIParCS pronounced "sigh-parks") program is to make a long-term, positive impact on the quality and diversity of the people who will use, operate, and support 21st century supercomputers. SIParCS students serve as paid interns at NCAR’s Computational & Information Systems Lab (CISL) that provides supercomputing and data services for scientists studying the Sun-Earth System. You will work with a small, flexible group of committed people and enjoy working on a wide range of projects within a supportive workplace.

What you will do

As the CODE Intern, you will provide administrative support to the SIParCS Program office and affiliated programs. You will also assist with planning and preparation for education and outreach programs to occur during the 2023 -2024 school year. This is a full-time (40 hours/week) student intern position that runs from mid-May through late July. End date may be flexible.


Student intern support:

  • Be an active participant on the SIParCS team to provide support and mentoring for students.
  • Live-in at the suite-style apartments with the interns, and plan and participate in after-hours team building activities.
  • Keep program leadership informed of any issues that arise.
  • May assist students/participants with special needs.
  • May travel to assist with intern recruitment during fall months.
  • Attend the Rocky Mountain Advanced Computing Consortium (RMACC) with the SIParCS program. 

Summer program logistics:

  • Assist with summer program support including planning and running events. Events include orientation, professional development workshops, field trips, and other learning opportunities for interns.
  • Assist with apartment move-in and move-out logistics, distributing and collecting student supplies, and coordinating with apartment administration.
  • Help write and edit SIParCS Annual Report.
  • Update SIParCS program alumni tracking documents for program assessment and evaluation purposes. 

General administrative support:

  • Maintain program databases and updating web pages.
  • Edit and compile information for documents, posters, brochures and newsletters.
  • Provide multimedia support at program events (photos, video) and keep inventory of program pictures.
  • Provide meeting support and prepare meeting materials.

School-year program support:

  • Update presentation slides and other educational materials for school-year programs.
  • May write and or edit educational materials such as text updates for Meteo-AR.
  • May test and evaluate new educational materials.
  • May provide input to the new exhibit space at NWSC

The above statements describe the primary work being performed. Additional tasks and professional development opportunities may be assigned according to the intern's skill set and interests. 

What you need

  • Must have attained a bachelor's degree at the time of application.
  • Must be enrolled in a graduate level college, university or accredited professional program during the normal school year.
  • Ability to work 40 hours/week from May 15 - August 4, 2023 (dates to be confirmed). End date may be flexible. 
    • NCAR has 3 unpaid holidays for interns during the summer internship (Memorial Day, Juneteenth, 4th of July).
  • Experience with word processing, database, and spreadsheet applications in a Windows environment (Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Access) as well as a Google Apps environment (Sheets, Docs, etc).
  • Proven ability to organize, prioritize, and follow through on multiple tasks, with close attention to detail.
  • Good written and verbal communication skills with the ability to convey information to interns, visitors, and partners in a welcoming and professional manner.
  • Interest and sensitivity in working in diverse settings that include interns from a broad spectrum of underrepresented groups.
  • Proven ability to work in a team and individually. A strong work ethic.
  • Patience and adaptability.
  • Discretion in handling confidential information.
  • On-site participation in Boulder.


  • Experience working with undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Currently enrolled in masters level program in: Higher Education Administration / Student Affairs, Science Education, Education Policy, Social Work, or related program.

The above qualifications describe the ideal skill set we look for in candidates. We encourage you to apply even if you do not possess all of the listed qualifications.


    • Paid competitive hourly wage. The 2023 hourly rate is $25.50 for graduate students.
    • Housing with own room and shared bathroom (gender-inclusive suite style). If we are to switch to a virtual program, in lieu of housing, participants will receive a living stipend for their participation.
    • Travel funding to/from Boulder (from student's home university) 
    • RTD EcoPass for travel within Boulder/Denver Metro area
    • Professional development workshops during the summer and opportunities for funding as an alum
    • Networking opportunities with professionals and other interns

    Working conditions

    • Work is performed in an office environment. Reasonable office accommodations will be fulfilled for intern comfortability and accessibility.
    • Occasional travel will be required for this position.

    Application instructions

    See How to Apply

    Before you begin the online application process, please prepare your application materials in one (1) PDF document. Name the PDF “LastName_FirstName_CODE” Example: "Hopper_Grace_CODE.pdf"

    Application materials must be in the order numbered below. Required materials, in order are:

    1. A not-to-exceed one-page personal statement clearly describing each of the following items. Use 1 inch margins, no smaller than 11 point font size:

      • NCAR and SIParCS embraces a work environment that is inclusive, diverse, and equitable. SIParCS is dedicated to enhancing the diversity of future high performance computing and scientific communities and sharing our science with a broader audience. Describe how you, based on your personal background and life experiences (including social, cultural, familial, educational, leadership or future plans, or other opportunities or challenges) will contribute to this community during and after participation in SIParCS.
      • why you are interested in this specific project
      • your interests and skills that are not covered in your resume/CV/transcripts
      • how this program addresses your educational and career goals
      • what you expect to gain if selected
    2. CV or resume
    3. Copy of most recent university transcript (unofficial transcript). Graduate students should include their undergraduate transcripts.

    Initial consideration will be given to applications received by 5 p.m. MST on January 17, 2023 (extended from January 13).

    The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer that strives to develop and maintain a diverse workforce. UCAR is committed to providing equal opportunity for all employees and applicants for employment and does not discriminate on the basis of race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy.

    Whatever your intersection of identities, you are welcome at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR). We are committed to inclusivity and promoting an equitable environment that values and respects the uniqueness of all members of our organization.