UF WEATHER STUDENT EXPERIENCE

On any given day, weather is likely leading a newscast somewhere.  It can threaten lives or just spoil outdoor plans.  It can be a thing of beauty or turn hazardous in minutes.  If you have passion for weather, like to talk about it or help people plan around it, Broadcast Meteorology may be a wise career choice.  The UF Weather Center offers a student opportunity that is real-world and similar to a major market before you even graduate from UF.

Weather Channel "Storm Tracker" and Meteorologist Jim Cantore visiting the college during a national "Prep Rally" day for the 2014 Hurricane Season, hosted by the UF Wind Research unit.

Weather Channel “Storm Tracker” and Meteorologist Jim Cantore visiting the college during a national “Prep Rally” day for the 2014 Hurricane Season, hosted by the UF Wind Research unit.

Students who are eager to study meteorology as a supplement to their declared area of study can obtain a Certificate of Meteorology from UF’s Department of Geography.  The courses offered in Meteorology from UF are recommended corequisites to becoming a student forecaster at the UF College of Journalism and Communications.  In addition to the scientific knowledge of the weather, you should also have a desire to tell a good story across multiple platforms including television, radio, and the digital products of the college.  The skills necessary for a career in broadcast weather are unique and span multiple areas of study, ranging from communication and telecommunications to atmospheric science and geography.

 

FIRST STEPS

The various opportunities available for students in the UF Weather Center and the College of Journalism and Communications

The various opportunities available for students in the UF Weather Center and the College of Journalism and Communications

As a freshman or sophomore, students interested in Broadcast Meteorology should attend an information session offered once in the fall and spring, schedule a visit with Chief Meteorologist Jeff Huffman, and plan to enroll in at least one hour of a student experience course through the UF College of Journalism and Communications for every semester they intend to participate.  On-air work typically begins after one or two semesters of shadowing and classwork, followed by a professional opportunity with the college’s media properties usually granted to juniors, seniors or graduates.

 

ABOUT THE COLLEGE

The University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications provides undergraduate and graduate students with extraordinary experiences only available at the College’s Division of Multimedia Properties. From anchoring to producing, directing to forecasting and tracking severe weather and tropical systems, the “WRUF Student Experience” is what sets the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications apart from many across America.

See what’s happening now behind the scenes with the UF Weather Center student experience or follow current students and their recent work.