Paid Summer Undergraduate Internship: Analyzing Global Climate Model Data to Understand Climate-Air Quality Linkages


The Persad Aero-Climate Lab in the Jackson School of Geosciences at The University of Texas at Austin is looking for an enthusiastic and dedicated undergraduate student as part of a multi-institutional project to look at the coupled climate and air quality impacts of long-lived versus short-lived air pollutants using global climate models. The researcher will be expected to conduct 10 weeks of full-time research between the months of May and September. Start and end date can be flexible to accommodate quarter or semester schedules. Work is expected to be primarily remote. Compensation includes an hourly rate of $10.31-$12.31/hour, depending on the student’s undergraduate year, at 40 hours/week and a $1040 allowance for participation in a domestic scientific conference.


The summer researcher will process, analyze, and visualize global climate model output related to the role that short-lived air pollutants play in the climate and air quality of several major economies. Internship activities will include developing computer code to process climate model data; visualizing and analyzing climate model results; preparing scientific presentations; and carefully documenting all processing and analysis.

The intern will be supervised by Prof. Geeta Persad and may be based in Austin, Texas or may work remotely. S/he will have the opportunity to participate in virtual and/or in-person seminar series’ and activities in the Jackson School and will have access to University of Texas facilities, as permitted by public health guidelines.

Candidates must be currently enrolled in a United States university as an undergraduate student and must have completed their freshman year of study. As a requirement of the funding source, candidates must be U.S. citizens and must have an Individual Taxpayer Identification Number (ITIN), or a Social Security Number.


Interested applicants must apply by uploading their materials to UTBox at this link: Review of applications will begin on February 15, 2021, but the position will remain open until filled. The application includes (1) a cover letter describing the applicant’s interest in the position and assessment of her/his strengths for conducting research, (2) a resume/curriculum vitae detailing education; relevant coursework, extracurricular activities, and honors; and any past research experience, and (3) contact information for two references who can speak to the applicant’s work ethic and technical skills. Informal inquiries may be directed to Prof. Persad at

Persad Aero-Climate Group
@ UT Austin