Summer Earth Science Research Internships | Multiple Locations, US


The NASA DEVELOP Program is for current students, recent college graduates, and career transitioning professionals including veterans of the Armed Forces.

This is a great opportunity for individuals who are interested in practical applications of remote sensing and GIS, specifically in the field of Earth Science. Our projects focus on addressing local and international community concerns while utilizing NASA’s Earth observations. Participants work in teams to complete rapid research projects in 10 weekswith guidance from NASA and partner science advisors. These projects demonstrate to partner organizations how NASA remote sensing imagery can be used in water resource management, disaster response, ecological forecasting, and other applications.

Applicants must have excellent communication and writing skills, and be able to work in a fast-paced environment. Responsibilities include: literature review, data processing and analysis, composing of deliverables including a technical paper, presentation, and project video. DEVELOP’s projects are interdisciplinary in nature, thus applications are welcome ALL academic backgrounds.

Applicants should be able to commit up at least 20 hours and up to 29 hours per week.

Details about the internship and how to apply can be found at

The summer online application deadline is February 16th 2018, and the internship dates are June 4th – August 10th, 2018.

International Students:

International students interested in working with the DEVELOP Program are eligible to apply to our Regional Locations. Acceptances for international students are conditional upon proof of a visa or approved OPT that will allow them to legally work within the U.S. Students who do not meet these requirements are not eligible to participate in the DEVELOP Program. Please see the DEVELOP website for details.

NASA DEVELOP National Program – 2018 Summer Project Ideas

** Note: These projects are tentative and may be changed before the term begins. The number of projects listed below does not necessarily reflect the number of projects being conducted at a given node **

AL: Alabama – Mobile

New Orleans Urban Development: Utilizing NASA Earth Observations to Identify Key Urban Areas Vulnerable to Flood and Determine Suitable Sites for Green Infrastructure in New Orleans, Louisiana

ARC: California – Ames

Milwaukee Water Resources: Tracking Kelp Raft Drifts on Wisconsin’s Western Shores over Time using the Landsat Historical Archive and Cloud-Based Processing

US Virgin Islands Disasters: Analyzing Hurricane Tracks and Land Use / Land Cover Change after the 2017 Hurricane Season to Address Influences of Watershed Runoff to Coastal Ecosystems

AZ: Arizona – Tempe

Washoe County Urban Development: Assessing Land Use Land Cover Changes Contributing to Urban Heat Island Impacts in Washoe County, Nevada

CO: Colorado – Fort Collins

Colorado River Basin Water Resources: Utilizing NASA Earth Observations to Model Riparian Vegetation Structure in the Upper Colorado River Basin

Grand Canyon Water Resources: Identifying Water Resources in the Grand Canyon Region Using NASA Earth Observations

GA: Georgia – Athens

Osa Peninsula Water Resources II: Assessing Threats to River Water Quality and Mangrove Health Based on Watershed Land Use on the Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica

Georgia Energy III: Reducing Conflicts in Siting Solar Power Generating Facilities by Identifying Sensitive Habitats and Wildlife Populations in Areas with High Solar Power Generation Potential

Honduras Disasters: Utilizing Landsat to Create a Near Real-Time Fire Detection Methodology for Enhanced Forest Monitoring and Disaster Management

GSFC: Maryland – Goddard

Mid-Atlantic Agriculture & Food Security: Mapping Environmental and Vegetation Factors Associated with Bee Health using NASA Earth Observations

Kenai Peninsula Disasters: Evaluating Grassland Conversion and Related Likelihood of Fire Disturbance to Enhance Fire Monitoring and Management in the Kenai Peninsula, Alaska

ID: Idaho – Pocatello

Idaho Water Resources: Monitoring Soil Moisture in Mid-Western Arid Environments

JPL: California – JPL

Southern California Ecological Forecasting II: Predicting Grunion Migration Patterns and Spawning Areas in Response to Changes in California’s Oceans

California Coast Ecological Forecasting: Improving Flood Extent Mapping Using the Coastal Storm Modeling System (CoSMoS) Tool with NASA Earth Observations and UAVSAR within Southern California

Alaska Ecological Forecasting: Automated Wetland Inundation Mapping Using Optical Satellite Imagery and Synthetic Aperture Radar

LaRC: Virginia – Langley

Richmond Health & Air Quality: Synthesizing Temperature, Reflectance, and Socioeconomic Data to Provide Spatial and Temporal Temperature Analyses in Richmond, Virginia

North Dakota & Georgia Agriculture & Food Security II: Using NASA Earth Observations and SAR to Enhance Crop Classification Accuracy from Ground Surveys to Larger Scales in the Long Term Agroecosystem Research (LTAR) Network

US Night Skies Urban Development: Validating Skyglow Estimation Tools Using Suomi-NPP VIIRS to Support Lighting Policies and Management Strategies in National Parks

Glen Canyon Ecological Forecasting: Prioritizing Locations for Further Monitoring and Management in Glen Canyon National Recreation Area through Land Cover Analyses

MA: Massachusetts – Boston

Plum Island Water Resources II: Using NASA Earth Observations to Quantify Sediment Supply in Plum Island Sound and Help Determine Vulnerability of the Plum Island Salt Marshes

MSFC: Alabama – Marshall

New Mexico Energy: Identifying Optimal Site Location for Wind Energy Farms Considering Efficiency as well as Environmental and Social Impacts

Northeastern US Agriculture: Enhancing Monarch Butterfly Habitat by Using NASA Earth Observations to Identify Suitable Areas to Implant Monarch Sanctuaries

Hindu-Kush Himalaya Disasters: Integrating NASA Earth Observations to Monitor Intense Thunderstorms and Assess Lightning Risk and Vulnerability in the Hindu-Kush Himalayan Region

Hawaii Health & Air Quality: Identifying Areas Susceptible to Dengue Fever in Hawaii by Modeling Mosquito Habitat

NC: North Carolina – NCEI

Great Plains Ecological Forecasting II: Utilizing NASA Earth Observations to Quantify the Spread of Invasive Species in the Great Plains and Incorporating NOAA Climate Data to Predict Future Growth Patterns

Guatemala Agriculture & Food Security: Utilizing Satellite Resources to Monitor Coffee Crop Health and Manage Coffee Cultivation in Santa Rosa, Guatemala

VA: Virginia – Wise

Louisiana Ecological Forecasting: Monitoring and Predicting the Spread of Roseau Cane in the Mississippi Delta Using NASA Earth Observations

Fremont River Basin Water Resources: Assessment of Available Water from Annual Snow Pack in the Fremont River Basin Based on NASA Earth Observations and In Situ Data

Mojave Water Resources: Assessing Vegetation and Precipitation Indices to Aid Bighorn Sheep Habitat Monitoring and Management