Carl Connection: Computer Science/Math/STEM Internship Opportunities at National Center for Atmospheric Research – HAO

17 November 2021

The deadline for submitting SIParCS and CODE internship applications has been extended to Tuesday, January 18, 2022.

National Center for Atmospheric Research – HAO – Summer Internships

This opportunity is brought to us by a Carleton parent, Bill Anderson P’23 ( You are welcome to reach out to Bill with any general questions about the organization.

The SIParCS Program (pronounced “sigh-parks”) at the National Center for Atmospheric Research is aimed at university students who are interested in pursuing a career in such areas as:

  • Application Optimization
  • Data Science
  • Machine Learning
  • Numerical Methods
  • Software Engineering
  • Supercomputing Systems Operations
  • Visualization

For Summer 2022, we are currently planning for an in-person internship program although everything is bound by the local safety and health regulations due to COVID-19. In 2021 and 2020, our entire program continued as a completely remote internship program.

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The goal of the SIParCS program is to make a long-term, positive impact on the quality and diversity of the workforce needed to use and operate 21st century supercomputers. Graduate students and undergraduate students (who have completed their sophomore year by summer) gain significant hands-on experience in high-performance computing and related fields that use HPC for scientific discovery and modeling.

This program embeds students as summer interns in the Computational and Information Systems Laboratory, an organization within NCAR charged with provisioning supercomputing and data systems to the geosciences research community. The roles of service and research in CISL support NCAR’s broad scientific mission of discovery in the atmospheric and related sciences.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants must be available full-time (40 hours/week) during May 16-July 29, 2022 (dates still to be confirmed) to participate
  • Undergraduate projects
  • Undergraduates completing their sophomore year or higher are eligible. 
  • Seniors
  • Seniors graduating in December 2022 are eligible for undergraduate positions.
  • Seniors graduating in May/June 2022 who are enrolling to graduate programs for Fall 2022 are eligible for Graduate positions. Please mention in Statement of Intent.
  • Seniors graduating in May/June 2022 who are NOT enrolling to graduate school are ineligible from SIParCS.
  • Graduate projects
  • Undergraduate Seniors graduating in May/June 2022 who are enrolling in graduate programs for Fall 2022 are eligible for Graduate positions Please mention in Statement of Intent.
  • Graduate students continuing graduate programs for Fall 2022 are eligible.
  • Must currently be enrolled in a U.S. university
  • Must be authorized to work in the U.S. to be eligible for the SIParCS program.
  • For F visa students accepted to the SIParCS 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. International Students at U.S. Schools welcomed and encouraged to apply.
  • Please apply to no more than two (2) SIParCS projects.
  • Vaccine Requirements: As required by Executive Order 14042, all Federal Contractor employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 regardless of the employee’s duty location or work arrangement (e.g., telework, remote work, etc.), subject to such exceptions as required by law. Effective immediately, UCAR requires all new employees to be fully vaccinated prior to entering on duty, subject to such exceptions as required by law.
  • If selected, you will be required to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and submit documentation of proof of vaccination by December 8, 2021 or before appointment or onboarding with UCAR, if after December 8, 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.

Preferred Skills/Abilities

  • Ability to work with a diverse group of peers
  • Skill in the use of software for communication purposes (e.g. Word, Excel, PowerPoint, email)
  • Ability and willingness to learn and use scientific computing tools and programs
  • Good oral and written communication skills
  • Basic problem solving skills
  • Ability to analyze data and draw conclusions
  • Potential to excel in a scientific career
  • Basic knowledge of mathematics, computer science or engineering – through coursework
  • Ability to work full-time (40 hours/week) during the summer program
  • Ability to interact with mentors & peers in a manner to support collaboration and inquiry
  • Ability and willingness to work within guidelines and policies of organization and assigned work groups

Summer Expectations

  • Attend technical seminars
  • Attend skill-enhancing workshops
  • Give an oral presentation of results
  • Create a scientific poster and present at poster session


  • Paid competitive hourly wage. 
  • Undergraduates: The 2022 minimum hourly rate in Colorado is $18.53. 2022 rates have not yet been set.
  • Graduate students: 2021 Hourly rate for graduate students was $21.15/hr.  2022 rates have not yet been set.
  • All 2022 rates TBD
  • Housing with own room and shared bathroom. 
  • If we are to switch to a virtual program, in lieu of housing, participants will receive a living stipend for their participation.
  • Travel funding to/from Boulder (from student’s home university) 
  • RTD EcoPass for travel within Boulder/Denver Metro area
  • Professional development workshops during the summer and opportunities for funding as an alum
  • Networking opportunities with professionals and other interns

National Center for Atmospheric Research – HAO

The High Altitude Observatory (HAO) of the National Center for Atmospheric research (NCAR) is located in Boulder, Colorado, at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. HAO conducts research and provides community support and facilities in the following areas: Atmosphere, Ionosphere and Magnetosphere (AIM), Long-term Solar Variability (LSV), and Solar Transients and Space Weather (STSW). It is the mission of HAO to understand the behavior of the Sun and its impact on the Earth, to support, enhance, and extend the capabilities of the university community and the broader scientific community, nationally and internationally, and to foster the transfer of knowledge and technology.