VAISALA INC. PAID INTERNSHIP AVAILABLE

Vaisala is a global leader in environmental and industrial measurement.  Building on 75 years of experience, Vaisala contributes to a better quality of life by providing a comprehensive range of innovative observation and measurement products and services for chosen weather-related and industrial markets.

The Giant Leap Internship program aims at providing students with valuable and meaningful working experience and acquaints them with an internationally operating company. During their time at Vaisala, students will be assigned a challenging project that they will present to the head of the business area or unit at the end of the internship. The assignments do not necessarily have to be separate projects - the students can be integrated into an existing development project or other challenging process. Assignments can be completed either individually, in pairs, together with an experienced Vaisala employee or as part of a group. What is important is that the students are well integrated and feel part of the Vaisala team.

Vaisala Giant Leap is targeted at students who are

  • proactive and demonstrate intellectual curiosity
  • highly motivated by and interested in Vaisala's business and customers
  • actively pursuing a university level degree (university / polytechnic)
  • looking for a meaningful and challenging opportunity to experience work at an international company
  • ability to work legally in the USA.

PROJECT:  METEOROLOGICAL  ANALYSIS OF HIGH IMPACT SHORT TERM WIND ENERGY FORECASTS

RESPONSIBILITIES (What the position entails)

The selected individual will be responsible for performing meteorological analysis of high impact weather events associated with short term wind energy forecasts.  The individual will be expected to process both proprietary and publicly available datasets for this analysis. He/she will be working in an office environment interacting with a team of scientists and subject matter experts.

REQUIRED SKILLS OF THE INTERN: 

  • Experience processing, visualizing and analyzing boundary layer weather data.
  • Strong knowledge of and passion for meteorology
  • General programming skills and applicable proficiency in at least one programming language for data manipulation
  • An understanding of the effects of complex orography and/or the wind energy industry is a plus.

PREFERRED EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND OF THE INTERN: 

Minimum of three years of undergraduate meteorology coursework by the start of the internship

FINAL DELIVERABLE: Presentation to the project team and management.
White paper 

NEEDED PRIOR TO BEGINNING INTERNSHIP:
Laptop and possibly additional software licenses.

HOW TO APPLY: 
IF INTERESTED, PLEASE APPLY ON LINE AT www.vaisala.com, go to Careers, Positions, Giant Leap Intern USA.  Please apply for the specific internship you are interested in.  The application period is through February 9, 2014.  Check us on out on Facebook as well.

LOCATION AND TIMING:  Summer 2014, Louisville, Colorado 

QUOTES FROM LAST YEAR’S STUDENTS: 
“Absolutely the best working experience I have had!” 

“You really get to own your project that you can take responsibility for and later credit.  Also the program is organized very well, and you get to see what other people in other departments do.  A very positive experience!”

“It was a paid internship for a well-respected company in the meteorology world and my project had importance to the company.  My manager was always available and willing to help me with any questions I had.  This is what most students would hope for, so I would 100% recommend this internship to a friend.”

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