Eligibility, Program Requirements, & Benefits

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants must be available May 18th through July 31, 2020 to participate 
  • Undergraduate projects
    • Undergraduates completing their sophomore year or higher are eligible. 
    • Seniors
      • Seniors graduating in December 2020 are eligible for undergraduate positions.
      • Seniors graduating in May/June 2020 who are enrolling to graduate programs for Fall 2020 are eligible for Graduate positions.  Please mention in Statement of Intent.
      • Seniors graduating in May/June 2020 who are NOT enrolling to graduate school are ineligible from SIParCS.
  • Graduate projects
    • Undergraduate Seniors graduating in May/June 2020 who are enrolling in graduate programs for Fall 2020 are eligible for Graduate positions Please mention in Statement of Intent.
    • Graduate students continuing graduate programs for Fall 2020 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.

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
  • Create a scientific poster and present at poster session


  • 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, 2019: 2020 Projects and Application available
  • January 10, 2020: Application and Submit Reference Contact Info deadline (4:00PM MT)
    • UPDATE 1/13/20: The application deadline for project 3, 5, 8, 12, and CODE has been extended until January 20, 2020 at 11:59PM MST. Applications for the remaining projects are no longer being accepted.
  • January 17, 2020: Letters of recommendation due
  • Early February, 2020: Intern Selection Begins.  Qualified candidates will be contacted for interviews.
  • mid to late February, 2020: Candidate Interviews
  • late February to mid March: Offers to selected candidates.
  • May 16, 2020: Move-in Day – student housing
  • May 18, 2020: SIParCS Program Begins
  • May 25, 2020: Memorial Day Holiday, NCAR closed
  • July 4, 2020 Independence Day Holiday, NCAR closed
  • July 28 – July 30, 2020: Intern Presentations
  • August 1, 2019: SIParCS Program Ends, Move-out

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