High School Internship: PRECIP

PRECIP, or the Pre-College Internship Program, is designed to engage high school students in the atmospheric and related science fields in a summer internship at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). Students participate in research projects with scientists and engineers as part of a six week program. During these six weeks, the students will work on real-world research tasks and participate in writing workshops designed to teach them how to communicate in science, including by creating a poster and writing an abstract. At the end of the six week program, students will present a scientific poster that summarizes their work at the NCAR student poster symposium with other NCAR summer interns. Through these experiences, the students will have the opportunity to connect with peers and develop important professional skills. Many students have found this program to be beneficial when making decisions on what to pursue when they go on to college. To learn more, please visit the PRECIP home page

Student Research Projects

Previous student research projects have ranged from working on influences of climate change on tornado occurrence to developing upgrades to the NCAR snow machine. Some of the other exciting areas of research include understanding a rapidly changing climate and its impact on the Earth and its inhabitants, severe weather events such as hurricanes and tornadoes, atmospheric chemistry measurements and aviation weather.

Workshops on Communicating Science 

The workshops are on Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., except for the workshop on "Research and professional ethics," which is at 1:00 pm.




 Building & Room

 June 30

 How to make a poster


 EOL Atrium

 July 7

 How to write an abstract


 Rm 1003

 July 13 

 Research and professional ethics


 Rm 2133

 July 14

 How to include internship experience in a résumé




Internship Director

Scott Landolt Email: landolt_at_ucar.edu

Scott Landolt is the Director of PRECIP, and an Associate Scientist III in the Aviation Applications Program in NCAR’s Research Applications Labratory. Scott runs and coordinates the PRECIP program, mentors some of the interns in the PRECIP program, and does research on several projects. Some of his current research emphases include: in-flight icing; snowfall and freezing precipitation; convective storm nowcasting and forecasting; atmospheric turbulence; numerical weather prediction; remote sensing; data assimilation; precipitation physics; ceiling and visibility; oceanic weather; and dissemination methods.

Eligibility of PRECIP Applicants

PRECIP invites all high school students interested in the atmospheric and related sciences -- including meteorology, chemistry, physics, engineering, mathematics and hydrology -- to apply to the program. In particular, PRECIP seeks to involve students from groups that are historically under-represented in the sciences, including Black or African-American, American Indian or Alaska Native, Hispanic or Latino, female, first-generation college students and students with disabilities.

Applying to PRECIP

The program will not take place in 2017, but we hope that it will return in 2018. To learn more, please visit the PRECIP home page


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