2023 NTP/NHP summer internships!

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The Northern Tornadoes Project and Northern Hail Project are once again hiring summer interns, allowing for some exciting opportunities for undergraduate students and senior high school students. Undergraduate students from any program will be considered. For 2023, available internships include, but are not limited to:

Northern Tornadoes Project - Field Internship

Post-Event Tornado Damage Surveys (multiple internships available).

Northern Hail Project - Field Internship

Real-Time Hailstorm Chasing – The Northern Hail Project Field Internship will be based out of Red Deer, AB and travel stipends will be provided. For those interested in the collection work, storm chasing experience and a good driving record will be considered assets (multiple internships available). Note that high school students are ineligible for this internship unless they are local to the Red Deer, AB area.

Northern Tornadoes Project - Research Internship

Potential research topics (multiple internships available):

* Automated large-scale tornado treefall detection and directional analysis using machine learning
* Sentiment analysis on a social media scraper for severe weather events
* Implementation of 360° panoramic imagery workflows on the NTP Open Data Site
* Northern Tornadoes Project Atlas – cartography-focused atlas of the last 5 years of NTP collected data
* Database integration of real-time severe weather data collected by the public
* Assessing failure modes in trees under extreme wind loads
* Development of a near real-time verification system for NTP/NHP outlooks
* Development of NTP/NHP case study capacity using MetPy and PyART
* Investigation of tornado intensity trends in Southern Ontario
* Updating the National and Ontario Tornado Databases.

Northern Hail Project - Research Internship

Potential research topics (multiple internships available):

* Using machine vision to automate the analysis of hailpads
* Using machine learning to identify hail (and hail size) from audio recordings
* Identifying current and historical wind-driven hail events in Canada
* Identifying (and documenting) hail swaths from radar and high-resolution satellite imagery
* Assessing hail damage to trees
* Lab analysis of hail meltwater samples.


All applicants will be considered, provided you satisfy all eligibility requirements:

* Must be a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant to Canada
* Registered student at a university, college, or high school
* Be available from May 15 – September 1, 2023 (university, college), or from July 10 – September 1, 2023 (high school).
* Able to attend one of the two mandatory information sessions. Dates and times for these sessions are:

December 9th – 4:00-5:00PM – ACEB 3445

January 19th – 12:30-1:30PM – Zoom
Meeting ID: 974 3102 2628
Passcode: NTPNHP

For more information, or to apply, please visit https://www.eng.uwo.ca/graduate/funding/nserc-usra.html and look for Northern Tornadoes Project. Note that the deadline for applications is January 27, 2023.

If you have any questions, you can also reach out to Dr. Connell Miller at connell.miller@uwo.ca.

Good luck to all applicants!