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In addition to learning about and participating in the responsibilities of being a weather observer on Mount Washington, Observatory interns also perform original research about the weather and climate of the White Mountains. Leading their own scientific inquiries in observational and theoretical-based projects, interns develop critical thinking, data analysis, and computer programming skills. They perform standard shift weeks with the crew, and culminate their internship term with research presentations about their scientific discoveries. To learn more about the Observatory intern program, please visit our employment page.

photo Sam Hewitt, Summit Intern

Sam was born and raised in the seacoast region of New Hampshire and has been interested in the weather for as long as he can remember. He graduated from the State University of New York at Oswego in May 2013 with a Bachelor's degree in meteorology and a minor in mathematics, and then spent two weeks chasing storms in the heart of tornado alley, fueling his passion for extreme weather.

Sam is most interested in the dynamics and physics that drive the atmosphere to produce weather. His research interests include: Lake-effect snow storms, northeast snow storms, climate change, improving severe weather forecasting using the Weather Research and Forecasting model, and severe weather in complicated terrain.

When not on the summit, Sam can be found landscaping and haying. His interests and hobbies include weather observation and forecasting, coin and paper currency collecting, small engine repair, hockey, and cars. He enjoys all aspects of the outdoors, particularly being on the water.

Sam discovered what it's like to live at the summit during an Observatory overnight trip in 2009, and has been interested in working there ever since. He hopes his internship will provide him a greater understanding of the atmosphere, and the opportunity to teach others about what he loves most: weather.

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