CPO Intern Position Open


Job Description

Intern for NOAA’s Climate Program Office (CPO) Communications, Education, and Engagement (CEE) Division

NOAA’s Climate Program Office (CPO) manages competitive research programs in which NOAA funds high-priority climate science, assessments, decision support research, outreach, education, and capacity-building activities. CPO’s work is designed to advance our understanding of Earth’s climate system and prediction across timescales, provide timely and authoritative climate data and information for a climate-smart nation, and to foster the application of this knowledge in risk management and adaptation efforts to help Americans plan and respond. CPO-supported research and activities are conducted in regions across the United States, at national and international scales, and globally.
CPO’s Communications, Education, and Engagement (CEE) Division offers tools, information, and expertise to help U.S. communities and businesses build resilience to climate-related hazards. CEE’s goal is to foster a climate-literate public that understands its vulnerabilities to a changing climate and makes informed decisions.

The CEE Division is seeking a paid, part-time intern (20 hours per week) with a flexible start date around early November to support the duties outlined below. We are ideally looking for candidates who can commit to at least a one-year internship.


  • Support for CPO communications staff in writing and receiving Hot Item submissions and editing and compiling them for the weekly CPO Hot Items Report, our internal newsletter.
    • A “Hot Item” is a short written notice from a program in the Climate Program Office describing a new accepted/published scientific research paper, forthcoming event, or other upcoming or recent activity of importance hosted/led/featuring/or funded by CPO.
    • Hot Items are circulated to an internal NOAA audience.
    • The text of a Hot Item is converted from scientific and technical jargon to plain language wherever possible.
  • Communications with Climate Program Office program managers to ensure timely and accurate Hot Item contributions.
  • Support for communications staff in writing Climate Program Office web stories
    (for CPO website) based on Hot Items.
  • Provide research support for communications staff.
  • Other administrative duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications

  • Early-career graduate student or high-performing undergraduate student in good academic standing, pursuing a degree in natural sciences or science journalism/communication. Priority given to natural science graduate students of Earth science or climate science.
  • Strong written communications skills and ability to translate technical jargon into plain language
  • Strong attention to detail

Desired Qualifications

  • Knowledge of, interest in NOAA
  • Knowledge of, interest in politics
  • Knowledge of, interest in science communications
  • Publications experience at college or high school level (literary magazine, yearbook, environmental policy magazine, science blog, school newspaper, political magazine, or scientific journal)

To Apply:
Submit resume with select course experiences, and two writing samples that indicate
skill conveying technical or scientific information to a lay audience. Ideally, the writing
samples should discuss an article from a scientific journal such as Nature or Science.
Mail your application to John Coggin and Amber Liggett, and .

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