NASA Applied Sciences Program
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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 – Students who are currently enrolled at a U.S. accredited community college, undergraduate or graduate college or university. Open to all majors.
+ Evidence of enrollment at an accredited U.S. school (acceptance letter or current unofficial transcripts)
+ Minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale (cumulative or most recent)
Recent Graduates – Individuals who have graduated with an undergraduate or graduate degree from a U.S. accredited college or university within the past two years.
+ Evidence of successful graduation from a college or university (diploma or transcript showing graduation)
+ Minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale (cumulative or most recent) at last institution of higher learning
Early/Transitioning Career Professionals – 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).
+ At least two years of work experience in a professional environment
+ Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale from last institution of education
+ U.S. Veterans must provide evidence of service and release/discharge - DD Form 214

Not all DEVELOP locations conduct projects every term. Those that are active will be listed on the application. Please contact the National Program Office if you have any specific questions.

Application Guidelines Overview

Important Information Regarding the Application Process:
+ Applications must be submitted within the set application window.
+ Applications may be started, saved as a draft, and then returned to for completion.
+ For New Candidate Applications, letters of recommendation will be emailed directly by the recommender to the DEVELOP National Program Office. Recommenders will receive an email with instructions once the applicant has submitted their application.
+ Applicants can review their application status by logging onto the online application system and viewing previously submitted applications.
+ Applications that are submitted, but not complete (missing letters of recommendation) may not be considered.
+ Applications will be reviewed by the NPO as well as the centers to which the intern applied.
+ Interviews will occur in person (when possible) or over the phone (if the student is not local).
+ After the selection process is complete, each applicant will receive notification regarding their status.

Term Dates & Application Deadlines

Summer 2015 Term:
Term Dates: June 1 – August 7, 2015

Fall 2015 Term:
Application Window: May 25 – July 3, 2015
Term Dates: September 14 – November 20, 2015

Spring 2016 Term:
Application Window: September 2015
Term Dates: January 2016

Online Application

+ Before beginning your application, please be sure to read through our Online Application Guidelines


What will you be working on?

+Provided below is a tentative list of proposed projects for DEVELOP's Fall 2015 Term.

Fall 2015 Proposed Projects

The DEVELOP application and selection processes are managed on behalf of NASA by contractors. DEVELOP selectees are classified as independent consultants.

Do you have questions regarding an opportunity with DEVELOP? Please refer to the Questions? Section. For answers not available there contact the National Program Office for additional information.

International Applicants

International applicants interested in working with the DEVELOP Program must be currently registered at, or recently graduated from, an accredited U.S. school. Acceptances for international applicants are conditional upon proof of a pre-obtained visa or approved CPT/OPT that will allow them to legally work within the U.S. DEVELOP does not sponsor visa applications or file petitions with U.S. Immigration. International applicants are not eligible to apply to NASA Center Locations; however, they are eligible to apply to the locations listed to the right. Applicants who do not meet these requirements are not eligible to participate in the DEVELOP Program.

Locations International Applicants can select:

  • + NSSTC at NASA Marshall Space Flight Center – Huntsville, AL
  • + International Research Institute for Climate and Society – Palisades, NY
  • + Mobile County Health Department – Mobile, AL
  • + Patrick Henry Building – Richmond, VA
  • + University of Georgia – Athens, GA
    + USGS-Colorado State University – Fort Collins, CO
    + Wise County and City of Norton Clerk of Court's Office – Wise, VA
    + BLM at Idaho State University's GIS TReC - Pocatello, ID

Interested candidates currently living in the Hindu Kush Himalayan Region are eligible to apply to the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) location in Kathmandu, Nepal.


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Get in touch

  • DEVELOP National Program Office
  • NASA Langley Research Center
    MS 307
    Hampton, VA. 23681
  • Phone: (757) 864-3761

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