Technical Internship Program (TIP)

EOL's Technical Internship Program (TIP) provides unique experiences to prepare science support focused students from two-year colleges and vocational/technical institutions for successful careers.

EOL has internship opportunities available for the Summer 2013 semester. The interns are hired to work hands-on with technical and scientific support mentors for one semester. The Program provides a salary during the internship.

Download the 2013 TIP Flyer!

What does a Technical Internship Program intern do?

TIP interns work on projects with EOL scientific and science support staff to learn skills that will assist them in their career and academic advancement. Areas for internships include: electronics technicians; computer system help desk support; data loading technicians; entry level programming and scripting; instrument makers; and aircraft mechanics. During the internship, TIP participants are paired with mentors and develop knowledge to help them in future science support careers related to geosciences.

What kinds of skills do Technical Internship Program interns need to have?

The skillsets required of TIP interns depend upon the specific projects to which they are assigned. For example, a TIP intern who will partner with a systems administration mentor will need skills such as TCP/IP networking and Windows administration. 

What other requirements are there for Technial Internship Program interns?

TIP interns must:

  • currently be enrolled in a two-year or vocational/technical college in the Boulder/Denver area.
  • be authorized to work for any employer in the United States.
  • be able to work with a diverse group of peers.
  • have good oral and written communication skills.
  • have basic problem solving skills.
  • be able to work up to 20 hours per week.
  • be able to interact with mentors and peers in a manner that supports collaboration and
  • inquiry.
  • be able and willing to work within guidelines and policies of organization and assigned
    work groups.

 

How do I apply?

To apply, visit the UCAR Opportunities site.


Project Opportunities for the summer 2013 TIP

Each semester-long internship will pair a Technical Internship Program intern with an EOL mentor so that the intern learns skills that will assist them in their career and academic advancement. Here are some examples of projects that may be available for TIP interns:

Instrument Maker/Machinist Intern

This project will provide the intern with hands-on skills in working with machining centers to produce parts and components used within scientific instruments.  The project requires that the intern have:

  • Experience with CAD/CAM software (such as GIBBS).
  • The ability to read and interpret engineering drawings in order to fabricate the parts and provide inspection of the part both during and after fabrication.
  • At least one year of formal training in the operation and programming of CNC machining centers.


Mechanical Design Intern

This project will provide the intern with skills in providing mechanical design of components used within scientific instruments.  The project requires that the intern have:

  • Experience with CAD software (such as SolidWorks).
  • The ability to generate solid models using CAD software.
  • Familiarity with CAD software to produce engineering drawings, including dimensionality.
  • At least one year of formal training in a technical trade school in mechanical design.

In addition to these requirements, it would be helpful for the intern to have some experience with materials such as aluminum and plastics.


Scientific Data Assistant

This project will provide the intern with skills in handling, validating and processing scientific data and metadata.  The project requires that the intern have:

  • Ability to assist in interpreting scientific datasets, handle metadata and verify quality.
  • Basic understanding of meteorology.
  • The ability work with a wide variety of people.
  • Awareness or familiarity with various types of scientific data (aircraft, radar, sounding systems).


Field Support Intern

This project will provide the intern experience in working in a research environment through support of the ground-based and airborne atmospheric instrumentation, such as near field calibration setup and design, aircraft instrumentation upload, and final integration testing. The project requires that the intern have:

  • Knowledge of circuit theory, electronics and basic mechanical analysis.
  • Knowledge of printed circuit board manufacturing.
  • Basic soldering technique.
  • Experience with multimeters and power tools.
  • Ability to work 2.5 days per week


Collaborative Tools Interns

This project will provide the intern experience in building tools (e.g. blogs, internet forums, etc.) that allow students interested in the atmospheric sciences to communicate and learn about the field.  The project requires that the intern have:

  • Demonstrated skill with state-of-the-art Internet collaborative tools (e.g. social media, blogs, forums, etc.).
  • The ability to work either remotely or in person with a wide variety of people
  • The ability to build sites that connect students in both science and science support areas to NCAR/EOL activities.


Aircraft Mechanic Intern

This project will provide the intern experience working on and supporting the NSF/NCAR C-130Q and Gulfstream V (GV) aircraft.  The project requires that the intern have:

  • General knowledge of aircraft systems and operation
  • A general understanding of Federal Aviation Administration rules and regulations
  • The ability to assist EOL mechanics with aircraft-related tasks and duties
  • A basic set of hand tools
  • The ability to work daytime hours


Project Management Intern

This project will provide the intern with hands-on skills assisting project management staff in planning, organizing and overseeing activities related to scientific field campaigns.  The project requires that the intern have:
  • Ability to set and stick to a schedule, multitask, and think analytical, strong communication skills, and an orientation toward getting things done
  • Basic understanding of project management
  • Basic computer skills and familiarity with programs such as WORD and Excel
  • Interest in meteorology