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Summer Undergraduate Program for Engineering Research (SUPER) Internship

Location: TBD (Remote/Boulder).
Position Term: The 2022 SUPER internship will run for 11 weeks, from May 16 – July 29, 2022.
Application Deadline: This position will be open until filled. Candidates who apply before January 16, 2022 will be given first consideration.
Relocation: No relocation assistance is offered for this position.
Work Authorization: UCAR/NCAR will not sponsor a work visa to fill this position.

Salary: $18.53/h.

Benefits: UCAR's rich package of employee benefits includes medical, dental, vision, education assistance, retirement, and life insurance. UCAR offers a variety of programs designed to assist with work-life balance including flexible work alternatives, paid time off and 14 weeks of paid parental leave. To learn more about our benefits, click here:

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If selected, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination by December 21, 2021 or before appointment or onboarding with UCAR, if after December 21, 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:
The Earth Observing Laboratory (EOL) is one of the seven laboratories of NCAR, the National Science Foundation’s Federally Funded Research and Development Center. The mission of EOL is to provide leadership in observing facilities, field project support, observational research and data services needed to advance the scientific understanding of the Earth system. 
EOL manages the majority of NSF’s Lower Atmosphere Observing Facilities (LAOF) and deploys them in support of observational field campaigns, ranging from single investigator projects to large complex campaigns that involve multiple investigators, agencies, and platforms, nationally and internationally. EOL deploys its systems for research by scientists from universities, NCAR, and government agencies. An integral part of EOL’s mission is to develop the next generation of LAOF and to provide management and archive of data from past supported campaigns.
To ensure progress in the atmospheric sciences, EOL supports a wide range of research areas within the Earth system science, ranging from microscale to mesoscale to climate process studies, and deploys LAOF platforms and systems that reach from the surface of the Earth to the lower stratosphere and beyond.
The National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Earth Observing Laboratory (EOL) seeks undergraduate engineering students to participate as interns in the 2022 Summer Undergraduate Program for Engineering Research (SUPER). 
The 2022 SUPER internship will run for 11 weeks, from May 16 – July 29, 2022.

What You Will Do:

Interns work hands-on with NCAR/EOL engineers on atmospheric observing systems and developments, including radar, lidar, and sounding systems and associated software developments such as data analysis, visualization, and management.
Projects accomplished by past SUPER interns include:

  • Design and experimental characterization of a multilayer aircraft radome to determine scattering and propagation properties for atmospheric radar applications
  • Evaluation of optical components for use in a ground-based LIDAR platform that remotely detects water vapor and aerosols
  • Characterization of a wind profiling radar system performance
  • Design of an object-oriented and networked software framework to control operation of a particle analysis instrument
  • Upgrading the Atmospheric Sounding Processing Environment (ASPEN) software used for analysis and quality control of sounding data.
Reports and Presentations
Each intern prepares a poster presentation of their work at the conclusion of the summer program.
Community and Professional Behavior
SUPER interns work together and are part of a larger community of UCAR and NCAR summer interns. SUPER interns are expected to contribute positively to the UCAR/NCAR community, conduct themselves in a manner appropriate to a professional environment, and adhere to UCAR’s Code of Conduct. Interns are expected to fully participate during normal office hours, during SUPER functions, and while on travel for the internship.
For summer 2022, the SUPER program will likely be a remote internship experience in line with current local safety and health recommendations due to COVID-19. Whether to allow for in-person/on-campus internships will be re-evaluated in spring 2022. However, in the previous two summers, the SUPER program was very successful as a remote internship experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Basic knowledge, through coursework, of engineering concepts.
  • Good problem-solving skills.
  • Ability and willingness to learn and use scientific and engineering computing tools and programs.
  • Ability to work with diverse staff.
  • Good oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work full-time (40 hours per week) during the summer program.
  • Ability to interact with mentors and peers in a manner that supports collaboration and inquiry.
  • Working knowledge of basic office and communication software (e.g., G+ suite, email clients).
  • Ability and willingness to work within guidelines and policies of the organization and assigned work groups.

What You Will Need:

Education and Experience
Currently enrolled as an undergraduate in an accredited US university or college with major/concentration in any of the following disciplines:

  • Computer Science or Software Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Aerospace or Aeronautical Engineering
  • Optical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • another engineering discipline 

Application Notes:

Applicants must submit a resume, including GPA. Applicants must also submit a not-to-exceed one-page cover letter that clearly includes the following topics:
  • Describe why you are interested in an internship at NCAR/EOL.
  • Explain how this program addresses your educational and career goals and what you expect to gain if selected.
  • Share how your personal background allows you to make unique contributions to the program (i.e. social, cultural, familial, economic, educational, etc.).
Desired but not required
The ideal candidate will have completed the equivalent of two or three years of relevant college courses ;have some basic research and programming experience; and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 5.0 scale).

Applicant Notes:

  • A pre-employment screening is conducted in conjunction with an offer for employment. This screening may involve verifying or reviewing any of the following relevant information: restricted parties screening, employment verification, performance records of internal candidates, education verification, reference checks, verification of professional licenses, certifications, and Motor Vehicle Records. UCAR complies with the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA).
  • Candidates are required to have a functional workspace in which to complete their duties, and it is their responsibility to locate such a space if they don’t already have it.
This position will be posted until sufficient applications are received. Candidates who apply before January 16, 2022 will be given first consideration.

  • Selected candidates will be interviewed between January 31 – February 18, 2022
  • Offers will be made in early March 2022
Work Authorization:

  • Students must be authorized to work in the U.S. to be eligible for the SUPER program.
  • UCAR/NCAR will not sponsor a work visa (e.g., J-1, H1-B, etc.) for this position.
  • For F visa students accepted to the SUPER 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.
  • NOTE: Some projects may require U.S. Citizenship, Permanent Residency, or other protected status under 8 U.S.C. 1324b(a)(3).