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Cooperative Institute for Modeling the Earth System (CIMES) Research Internship Program

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Academic Level:
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Undergraduates - Junior
Undergraduates - Senior
Graduate Students (Masters)

Note: this opportunity encourages applications from community college students.

The Cooperative Institute for Modeling the Earth System, the successor to the Cooperative Institute for Climate Science at Princeton University, in collaboration with NOAA's Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory is recruiting both undergraduate and graduate students for 8 week research internships in atmospheric, oceanic and earth system science. Awardees will work with host scientists at the NOAA/GFDL, a world-leading center of earth system modeling, research and prediction.

Students will work on a focused scientific problem under the close supervision of their GFDL/Princeton host, and benefit from resources and activities at GFDL, including interaction with scientists and graduate students, access to high performance computing and library facilities, and opportunities to participate in a wide range of seminars and lab social events. We particularly encourage applications from students whose participation will add to the diversity of researchers in earth system science, including students from underrepresented groups, and first generation college students.

We anticipate that our summer internships will be in-person, although some projects may be conducted virtually if the intern prefers (see project listings for details). Interns will receive a stipend of $700 for a 40-hour work week. Interns not living at home will receive a $300/week housing allowance and will have access to Princeton University rental housing. Interns will also receive reimbursement for travel from their home institution.

Princeton University requires all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit proof of vaccination status. Employees who cannot receive the vaccine because of a disability/medical contraindication or sincerely-held religious belief may request an accommodation (e.g., an exemption) to this requirement.

Applicants must be currently enrolled in a degree program at time of application, and either a US Citizen or permanent resident, or authorized to work in the USA.

Applicants will be asked to provide a preference for their research project from the options listed on the CIMES website. A complete application will include the names of two references (no letters are required at this time). In lieu of a cover letter, applicants are asked to explain: How this internship will contribute to your long-term goals, how your academic background (including relevant courses) provides you with the skills you could apply to this internship, how you have contributed to increasing diversity in STEM, and whether you have had any previous research opportunities.

Possible projects include:

A study of changes in atmospheric blocking statistics in response to global warming using GFDL GCMs

Heat uptake and transport in the Southern Ocean at high-resolution and its projected changes under increased greenhouse gas emissions

Quantifying the impact of model resolution on the representation of marine heat waves

Tracking the origins of the forecast errors for the Madden-Julian Oscillation

Increase in the U.S. Northeast extreme precipitation: past, present, and future

Evaluating observation innovation of surface temperature and humidity for the assimilation of the observations in GFDL SHiELD model

Climate Cloud Containers Continuous Integration Continuous Delivery

Does mixing around seamounts drive upwelling or downwelling

Interactions between ice shelves, calving, icebergs and climate

For full details of all projects, see CIMES website.
accepts non-us citizens

Participating Institution(s):
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Princeton University (Lead)

Program Materials:
 • Program Website 

This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Atmospheric Sciences
Environmental Sciences
Geological Sciences
Marine Sciences & Oceanography

Atmospheric Chemistry
Biological Oceanography
Coastal Ocean Sciences
Fisheries Management
Ocean Models
Physical Oceanography

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This program is funded by:
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Page last updated 4/19/2022
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