Eligibility, Program Requirements, & Benefits

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants must be available full-time (40 hours/week) during May 17-July 30, 2021 (dates still to be confirmed) to participate
  • Undergraduate projects
    • Undergraduates completing their sophomore year or higher are eligible. 
    • Seniors
      • Seniors graduating in December 2021 are eligible for undergraduate positions.
      • Seniors graduating in May/June 2021 who are enrolling to graduate programs for Fall 2021 are eligible for Graduate positions.  Please mention in Statement of Intent.
      • Seniors graduating in May/June 2021 who are NOT enrolling to graduate school are ineligible from SIParCS.
  • Graduate projects
    • Undergraduate Seniors graduating in May/June 2021 who are enrolling in graduate programs for Fall 2021 are eligible for Graduate positions Please mention in Statement of Intent.
    • Graduate students continuing graduate programs for Fall 2021 are eligible.
  • 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.
    • For 2021, Undergraduate students may only apply to one machine learning project (Projects 2 and 3). Students may apply to either Project 2 or Project 3, but not both, as part of their two (2) choices.  If applying to a machine learning project, the other choice must be a non-machine learning project. 

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 (40 hours/week) 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
  • Create a scientific poster and present at poster session


  • Paid competitive hourly wage. 
    • 2020 Hourly rate for undergraduate students was $17.00/hr
    • 2020 Hourly rate for graduate students was $20.65/hr
    • All 2021 rates TBD.
  • Housing with own room and shared bathroom. 
    • 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

Important Dates (dates to be confirmed)

  • Expected end of October 2020: 2021 Projects and Application available
  • January 11, 2021: Application and Submit References' Contact Info deadline (11:59PM MT)
  • January 18, 2021: Letters of recommendation due
  • Early February, 2021: Intern Selection Begins.  Qualified candidates will be contacted for interviews.
  • mid to late February, 2021: Candidate Interviews
  • late February to mid March: Offers to selected candidates.
  • May 15-16, 2021: Move-in Day – student housing
  • May 17, 2021: SIParCS Program Begins
  • May 31, 2021: Memorial Day Holiday, NCAR closed
  • July 5, 2021 Independence Day Holiday Observed, NCAR closed
  • July 27 – July 29, 2021: Intern Presentations
  • July 31, 2021: 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.