NCAS/JISAO Internship Program

JISAO's internship program: Mentoring the next generation of scientists

2009 internsThis summer four students came to Seattle for the NCAS/JISAO Undergraduate Internship Program. Hosting four students represented a large increase for a program that began in 2008 with just one intern, Angel Adames, from the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez.

Each year interns are matched with a research project within one of JISAO's seven research themes and work with a JISAO or NOAA scientist at either the University of Washington campus or the NOAA Northwest Regional Center in Seattle. This year's interns were placed with mentors at the NOAA Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory (PMEL), NOAA Diving Center and the UW Department of Atmospheric Sciences. Internships are eight weeks and include a stipend, travel expenses and housing at the UW.

The NCAS/JISAO Undergraduate Internship Program is a partnership between JISAO and the NOAA Center for Atmospheric Sciences (NCAS). It is jointly funded by NCAS and JISAO with additional funding from the NOAA Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research. The program is designed to provide research training along with opportunities for professional growth and networking to undergraduate students interested in graduate studies in the physical sciences, mathematics or engineering.

The 2009 Interns

  • Daniel Hernandez, majoring in Oceanography and Marine Ecosystems at Humboldt State University with a minor in Scientific Diving, was placed in an internship at the NOAA Diving Center where he helped with NOAA training classes, equipment maintenance and had the opportunity to perform several dives in Lake Washington and Puget Sound.
  • Laura Vogel, majoring in Environmental Sciences at Columbia University, interned with Professor Becky Alexander in the UW Department of Atmospheric Sciences working on Dr. Alexander's paleoclimate study analyzing ice cores taken from the Antarctic.
  • Justin Perry, a chemistry major at Morehouse College, worked with Professor Joel Thornton on Laboratory Studies of Chlorine Activation by Nitrogen Oxidesto assess the heterogeneous chemistry of of N2O5 and ClNO2 and to see if Cl2 is produced from the reaction of ClNO2 on aerosol phase chloride with a pH less than two.
  • Alyssa De La Rosa, a chemistry major at the University of Texas at El Paso, interned with Dr. Chris Sabine at NOAA/PMEL where she worked on NOAA's moored CO2 sensors preparing them for deployment and downloading data and conducting post-deployment calibrations.

JISAO, NOAA and UW scientists and faculty interested in having an intern in summer 2010 should contact Jed Thompson at, 206-616-3845.

For students interested in applying to the program, applications will be available in October and can be downloaded here.

Watch videos made by our 2009 interns