NASA DEVELOP National Program

November 15, 2016

The NASA DEVELOP National Program is an internship/cooperative program under NASA’s Applied Sciences Program that addresses environmental and public policy issues through interdisciplinary research projects.


Participants utilize NASA’s remote-sensing data and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to conduct application projects that partner with organizations that can benefit from enhanced decision making tools. Each DEVELOP team conducts a research project with the focus of communicating thoughts and ideas to solve environmental and energy challenges that face our society and future generations. At the end of each term, the project team will have developed communication tools (i.e., posters, presentations, a technical report, etc.) to easily distribute project results to a variety of audiences. Participants also partake in personal development activities like personality typing and team building, as well as networking with scientists and partner organizations.


Potential projects for the Spring 2017 (January 23 – March 31, 2017) term include:

●        Chesapeake Bay Agriculture: Using NASA Earth Observations to Map Winter Cover Crop Conservation Performance in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed

●        Glacier National Park Ecological Forecasting II: Utilizing NASA Earth Observations to Correlate Landscape Disturbances to Effects of a Changing Climate across Glacier National Park

●        Mekong River Basin Water Resources: Assessing the Use of NASA Precipitation and Land Surface Products to Develop an Experimental Operational Hydrologic Model for the Mekong River Basin

●        New York Ecological Forecasting: Utilizing NASA Earth Observations to Effectively Track and Predict Prevalence of Lyme and Other Tick-borne Disease at the United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point and Surrounding West Point Community

●        Rwanda Ecological Forecasting: Mapping the Extent and Health of Wetlands in Rwanda for Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) Monitoring


Participants of the DEVELOP program take part in a 10 week session (Spring, Summer, and Fall) located at 5 NASA Research Centers and 7 Regional Locations throughout the country. The majority of positions are paid; however, some locations will accept additional volunteers who are interested. The rate of pay is based upon your current level of education.


Upcoming Deadlines:


Summer 2017 Term:

Application Window: January 9 – February 17

Letters of Recommendation Due: March 3

Applicant Notifications: April

Term Dates: June 5 – August 11

Fall 2017 Term:

Application Window: May 22 – June 30

Letters of Recommendation Due: July 14

Applicant Notifications: August

Term Dates: September 11 – November 17


General Eligibility Requirements:

·         At least 18 years of age

·         Ability to provide personal transportation to and from the DEVELOP location

·         Strong interest in Earth science and remote sensing

·         U.S. citizenship is required to apply to DEVELOP locations at NASA Centers


In addition to meeting the general eligibility requirements stated above, each applicant must meet the additional requirements specific to their applicant classification:

·         Currently Enrolled Students

o   Students who are currently enrolled at a U.S. accredited community college, undergraduate or graduate college or university. Open to all majors.

o   Evidence of enrollment at an accredited U.S. school (acceptance letter or current unofficial transcripts)

o   Minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale (cumulative or most recent)

·         Recent Graduates

o   Individuals who have graduated with an undergraduate or graduate degree from a U.S. accredited college or university within the past two years.

o   Evidence of successful graduation from a college or university (diploma or transcript showing graduation)

o   Minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale (cumulative or most recent) at last institution of higher learning

·         Early/Transitioning Career Professionals

o   Individuals transitioning to a new career field, who are pursuing further experience in the Earth sciences and remote sensing (including transitioning/recently transitioned veterans from the U.S. Armed Forces).

o   At least two years of work experience in a professional environment

o   Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale from last institution of education

o   U.S. Veterans must provide evidence of service and release/discharge - DD Form 214.



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