NERTO (NOAA Experiential Research & Training Opportunities) helps the Center's Masters and PhD students learn about NOAA's mission and workforce opportunities by interning for at least 12 consecutive weeks in a NOAA lab or office. The goal is to augment students' academic research with NOAA mission science and place-based experiential hands-on opportunities.
The Faculty Advisor and student must identify a NOAA Mentor to host the student during their NERTO. To facilitate this process:
Provide the potential NOAA Mentor with a one-page Graduate Research Synopsis. (It could be different than the NERTO Research Synopsis, which is required before the NERTO training begins.)
Determine a proposed start and end date of the NERTO internship. Allow eight weeks for the NOAA badging, access and vetting process (including Federal Security Clearance) before finalizing the start and end date.
Decide on the location(s) for the NERTO. The NERTO must be for 12 continuous weeks. It can involve more than one NOAA facility.
Determine/confirm the official NOAA Mentor. The mentor must be a NOAA-Federal employee. A NOAA contractor (Affiliate) can be a co-mentor.
Ensure the NOAA Mentor (or Mentors) signs the NOAA Mentoring Memorandum of Understanding.
Four to Six Months BEFORE the Proposed NERTO
NOAA Mentor(s) submits SSIO to NOAA Portal. The NOAA mentor must submit a Student Scholarship Internship Opportunity (SSIO) for CSC (Cooperative Science Center) students on the NOAA portal using this website:
Download the SSIO Template (MS Word)
SSIO Approval by NOAA Program Office. Once the SSIO is posted and approved by the NOAA Program Office, the Center's management will notify the NERTO Intern/Student and Faculty Advisor they must create a Work Plan.
Download the Work Plan Template (MS Word)
NERTO Work Plan Development. The student, in coordination with the Faculty Advisor and NOAA Mentor, submits the 12-week Work Plan, along with a cover letter, resume, copy of the latest transcript to the Center Director, Dr. Reza Khanbilvardi (firstname.lastname@example.org), and the Center Assistant Director, Dr. Shakila Merchant (email@example.com), who will share it with NOAA EPP.
Download the Cover Letter Template (MS Word)
Offer Letter and Acceptance Letter. Once the Work Plan is approved by NOAA EPP, the NOAA Program Office will issue an Offer Letter. The student must respond with an acceptance letter. Please contact the Center Assistant Director, Dr. Shakila Merchant, (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Mr. Cesar Ortiz (email@example.com) regarding the acceptance letter.
Download the Acceptance Letter Template (MS Word)
Travel Logistics. The student prepares the travel logistics in coordination with the NOAA mentor and Center Student Affairs Manager Cesar Ortiz (firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-650-8890). This includes obtaining fingerprints from the local police precinct indicated on the NOAA hosting lab/office application form/card.
Once you arrive at your NERTO site, there are several things to keep in mind:
Remember that NERTO stands for NOAA Experiential Research & Training Opportunities. Your NOAA mentor understands this but others in the host office may be unaware.
Be able to explain that the purpose of your NERTO is to gain a better understanding of NOAA mission-aligned science by spending 12 weeks at a NOAA facility and working along NOAA scientists.
Introduce yourself with the proper affiliation e.g. My name is "John Doe", I am a NOAA EPP Earth System Sciences and Remote Sensing Scholar pursuing a Master's degree in Earth and Environmental Engineering at The City College of New York
Be able to explain and describe your research goals and objectives. Don't forget to include the social relevance of your work
Be able to explain the approved work plan for your NERTO
Remember that you are the Center's ambassador. Take any goodies (pens, bags etc.) from the Center to share
Be able to summarize all our activities at CESSRST. They might ask you about other research areas of CESSRST, and you should be able respond
Be very professional, both verbally and in writing, when interacting with NOAA scientists and staff
Student sends a WORD version of the report to the Center's management. Specifically, the student must send the report to: Center Assistant Director Dr. Shakila Merchant (email@example.com), Acting Education Expert and Social Science Lead Dr. Valerie Were (firstname.lastname@example.org) for final approval.
Once approved by the Center’s management, the student sends the report to the NOAA’s Office of Education and uploads the report to their NERTO Dashboard in the MIS.
Generate the PDF of the report and save the file as “YourLastNameCESSRSTFinalReport_FinalNERTOReport”
Assemble high resolution figures (up to four) and pictures of you on your NERTO (up to four) to send with the report
Please contact the CESSRST Office at City College of New York, email@example.com or (212) 650-8099, if you have questions or concerns about the NERTO opportunities and application process.