University of California, Riverside

Environmental Sciences

NASA DEVELOP Internship Program

All degree levels (Bachelors, Masters, PhD) are welcome to apply.

DEVELOP is a NASA Science Mission Directorate Applied Sciences Training and Development Program. Students work on earth science research projects, mentored by science advisors from NASA and partner agencies to extend research results to local communities. The projects demonstrate to community leaders and organizations how NASA science measurements and predictions can be used to address local policy issues.

Past DEVELOP Projects at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory include ecological forecasting and studies of the Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill, natural hazard assessments of Los Angeles earthquakes and fires, air quality monitoring, and coastal wetland and sea level monitoring using remote sensing and geographic information systems (GIS). DEVELOP students have had the opportunity in the past to do oral presentations of their research and network at such conferences as the American Geophysical Union (AGU), The American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS), The American Meteorological Society (AMS), The Council of State Governments (CSG), at NASA Langley Research Center, and at NASA Headquarters in Washington, DC.

The NASA DEVELOP Program has been selected to receive the prestigious NASA Group Achievement Award for 2011. DEVELOP students are challenged to think “outside the box,” take initiative, and employ innovative ideas, gain valuable management and leadership experience, and gain experience in delivering results to officials in government, academia, and industry, thereby extending the benefits of NASA science and technology to the public. Ultimately, DEVELOP students are better prepared to handle environmental science challenges that face our society and future generations.

Interns work in student teams to complete rapid research projects in 10 weeks using NASA remote sensing data and other data sources.

DEVELOP has opportunities nationwide. Applications are available at:

The DEVELOP Program was featured in the June 2009 Journal of Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing. The highlight article can be accessed at:

DEVELOP participants also recently presented their research in a virtual poster session, hosted by Earthzine:

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University of California, Riverside
900 University Ave.
Riverside, CA 92521
Tel: (951) 827-1012

Department Information

Environmental Sciences
Geology 2460

Tel: (951) 827-5116
Fax: (951) 827-4652