Upcoming Deadlines

Fall 2018 Term:

  • Applicant Notifications: August
  • Term Dates: September 10 - November 16
  • Spring 2019 Term:

  • Letters of Recommendation Due: October 19
  • Applicant Notifications: November - December
  • Term Dates: January 28, 2019 - April 5, 2019

    Summer 2019 Term:

  • Application Window: January 14 - February 22
  • Letters of Recommendation Due: March 8
  • Applicant Notifications: April - May
  • Term Dates: June 3 - August 9
  • Fall 2019 Term:

  • Application Window: May 20 - June 28
  • Letters of Recommendation Due: July 12
  • Applicant Notifications: August
  • Term Dates: September 16 - November 22
  • Online Application

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

    The application window is currently closed, please check back January 14th for the summer application.

    What will you be working on?

    Provided below is a tentative list of proposed projects for DEVELOP's Spring 2019 Term.

    2019 Spring Proposed Projects


    There is no standard DEVELOP participant. As an interdisciplinary program incubating 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. Visit the Apply page for more information about eligibility.


    Participants should expect to spend their time conducting 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, PPT presentation, technical report, brochure, and 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 one to eight 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. Meetings are scheduled between the teams and mentor(s) as needed.


    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:

  • 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.

  • 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

    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:

  • Alabama – Mobile
  • Arizona – Tempe
  • Colorado – Fort Collins
  • Georgia – Athens
  • Idaho – Pocatello
  • Massachusetts – Boston