Eligibility, Program Requirements, & Benefits

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants must be available May 19th through August 3rd, 2019 to participate
  • Graduate positions
    • Graduate students and college seniors enrolling in graduate programs for Fall 2019 are eligible.
  • Undergraduate positions
    • Undergraduates completing their sophomore year or higher are eligible. 
    • Seniors graduating in December 2019 are eligible for undergraduate positions.
      • Seniors graduating in May/June 2019 who are continuing to graduate programs for Fall 2019 are eligible for Graduate positions. 
      • Seniors graduating in May/June 2019 who are not continuing to graduate school are ineligible.  
  • Must currently be enrolled in a U.S. university
  • Must be authorized to work in the U.S. to be eligible for the SIParCS program.
    For F visa students accepted to the SIParCS 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.  International Students at U.S. Schools welcomed and encouraged to apply.
  • Please apply to no more than two (2) SIParCS projects.

Preferred Skills/Abilities

  • Ability to work with a diverse group of peers
  • Skill in the use of software for communication purposes (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, email)
  • Ability and willingness to learn and use scientific computing tools and programs
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Basic problem solving skills
  • Ability to analyze data and draw conclusions
  • Potential to excel in a scientific career
  • Basic knowledge of mathematics, computer science or engineering - through coursework
  • Ability to work full-time during the summer program
  • Ability to interact with mentors & peers in a manner to support collaboration and inquiry
  • Ability and willingness to work within guidelines and policies of organization and assigned work groups

Summer Expectations

  • Attend technical seminars
  • Attend skill-enhancing workshops
  • Give an oral presentation of results


  • Paid competitive hourly wage
  • Housing with own room and shared bathroom
  • 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 opportunites with professionals and other interns

Important Dates

  • Estimated October 23, 2018: 2019 Projects and Application available
  • January 11, 2019: Application deadline (4:00PM MT)
  • January 18, 2019: Letters of recommendation due
  • Early February, 2019: Intern Selection Begins
  • May 18, 2019: Move-in Day – student housing
  • May 19, 2019: SIParCS Program Begins
  • May 27, 2019: Memorial Day Holiday, NCAR closed
  • July 4, 2019 Independence Day Holiday, NCAR closed
  • July 31 – August 2, 2019: Intern Presentations
  • August 3, 2019: SIParCS Program Ends, Move-out

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.