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There is no standard DEVELOP participant. As an interdisciplinary program conducting feasibility projects, anyone with an interest in Earth science is welcome to apply. DEVELOP accepts participants with skills in a variety of fields, as well as from different phases of their career (currently enrolled students, recent graduates, early career professionals, and transitioning career professionals). Applicants with a strong interest in Earth sciences, remote sensing, environmental science, computer science, GIS, technology, and environmental policy are strongly encouraged to apply. No previous experience is required in these areas, just an eagerness and interest to learn. Review this page and the FAQs for more information about eligibility.
Participants should expect to spend their time conducting a literature review on the scope, methodologies, and types of NASA remote-sensing data applicable to their project. They will also utilize Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and remote-sensing data to conduct application projects that partner with organizations that can benefit from enhanced decision-making tools. Each DEVELOP team creates the same set of deliverables including a poster, presentation, technical report, and optional video as the program puts an emphasis on building capacity to communicate project results to a variety of audiences. Participants also partake in personal development activities, like personality typing and team building, as well as networking opportunities with scientists and partner organizations.
Participants are placed on interdisciplinary teams ranging in size from three to six participants. The team works under the guidance of a NASA or partner organization mentor, DEVELOP management at their location, and the DEVELOP National Program Office.
DEVELOP is a unique opportunity and each participant benefits differently. Generally speaking, participants can expect to enhance their personal and professional development. Participants are given the opportunity to improve their skill sets in communication, presentation, research, collaboration, technical capabilities, and networking, to name a few.
Important Information Regarding the Application Process:
The DEVELOP application and selection processes are managed on behalf of NASA by contractors. DEVELOP selectees are classified as contract employees.
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 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.