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Summit Intern Program

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Matt Jones – Summer 2000

Applications are currently being accepted on a rolling basis for the intern positions at the summit of Mount Washington. Please follow instructions for the specific season you are interested in below.

If interested in SUMMER internship positions, applications are accepted from January 15th through March 5th. Individuals are encouraged to apply early for this popular internship, as interviews around Spring Break fill quickly. The summer internship runs from mid May to late August.

If interested in FALL internship positions, applications are accepted from May 15th through July 15th. The fall internship runs from late August to late December.

If interested in WINTER internship positions, applications are accepted from August 15th through October 15th. The winter internship runs from early January to mid May.

Late applications will not be considered for the intended season.

DESCRIPTION

The Mount Washington Observatory intern program provides an opportunity for qualified candidates to learn, work, and enjoy the surrounding area while living atop the northeast's highest peak assisting in the many activities of the Mount Washington Observatory.

Interns learn basic weather observational and recording procedures and assist Observatory staff in other scientific research work. Also, Interns give tours of the weather station to Observatory members, school groups, and other visitors, and assist the staff in providing hospitality and educational programs to visiting researchers and other overnight guests. In addition, interns participate in many other day-to-day activities at the Observatory, including basic housekeeping duties, light maintenance, and occasionally helping to cook for staff and guests.

The Observatory's regular work schedule consists of an eight-day "shift week" spanning from one Wednesday through the next. Interns, like regular staff, will work two alternating shift weeks each month. (Interns are responsible for their own living arrangements during their time off the mountain.) Transportation up and down the mountain is provided, but valley transportation to the mountain's base is the intern's responsibility.

The normal period for the fall intern program is from late August to late December; and for the winter intern program, January to mid May. The summer intership runs from mid May to late August. For the non-summer season, preference will be given to candidates who are in a position to commit to serving through the combined fall and winter seasons (from late August or early October to mid-May).

Applications are accepted at any time, though they normally should be submitted at least two months prior to the internship start dates.

The most promising candidates for internships will be invited to a personal interview at the summit, which will provide an opportunity to meet staff members and to become acquainted with the summit living and working environment.

The Mount Washington Observatory is happy to cooperate with school officials wherever credits are awarded for work/study programs. Departing interns will be given references based upon performance at their request, and are sure to benefit from including their Observatory intern experience in their resume.

QUALIFICATIONS

All individuals 18 years old or older are welcome to apply, but students or recent graduates from computer science, engineering or technical programs, that are interested in meteorology are especially encouraged. Basic computer literacy and outdoor experience is necessary for all applicants. Interns should be mature and able to accept responsibility not only in working situations but also in close living situations. Applicants should have some familiarity with hiking (ideally in the White Mountains), be physically able to perform medium to heavy lifting, and understand that time will be spent working outside in the "Worst Weather in the World". In addition they should be outgoing, neat and well groomed and should be comfortable working with the public. Open to U.S. residents only.

COMPENSATION

The Mount Washington Observatory Intern Program is considered a volunteer work and learning experience for its participants. Bunk and board while "on shift" at the summit will be provided. Summer interns will be paid an additional hourly wage for some seasonal duties. There is no remuneration for time spent in work/study.

If there is a need for regular full-time employees or for winter interns, qualifying fall interns are normally given first consideration for such positions.

TO APPLY

Complete the Online Application Form or print out and return with a résumé and essay to: Intern Program, Mount Washington Observatory, P.O. Box 2310, North Conway NH 03860.

A Mount Washington Observatory Internship is an exciting way to learn more about Mount Washington and its environment. Imagine---living and working on the very summit of the highest peak in the Northeast!

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