Upcoming Deadlines

Spring 2021 Term:
  • Term Dates: January 25 - April 2

Summer 2021 Term:
  • Application Window: January 18 - February 26
  • Recommendations Due: March 12
  • Applicant Notifications: April - May
  • Term Dates: June 7 - August 13


Fall 2021 Term:
  • Application Window: May 17 – June 25
  • Recommendations Due: July 9
  • Applicant Notifications: August
  • Term Dates: September 13 – November 19

Spring 2022 Term:
  • Application Window: August 30 – October 8
  • Recommendations Due: October 22
  • Applicant Notifications: December
  • Term Dates: January 24 – April 1

Online Application

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

*Please note: The DEVELOP summer 2021 term will be conducted virtually. All accepted participants will work remotely from within the United States.

Online Application Page

What will you be working on?

Provided below is a tentative list of proposed projects for DEVELOP’s Summer 2021 Term.

2021 Summer Proposed Projects


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.


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:

  • 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 participant applications, recommendation forms will be filled out and submitted online through a link that is emailed to the recommender. Recommenders will receive an email with the link and instructions once the applicant has added and saved their recommenders’ information.
  • Applications that are submitted, but not complete (missing recommendation forms) may not be considered.
  • Applications will be reviewed by the NPO as well as the centers to which the intern applied.
  • Interviews will be conducted over video conference, phone, or in-person.
  • 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 United States. 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 below. Applicants who do not meet these requirements are not eligible to participate in the DEVELOP Program.


International Applicants can select from these locations: