Under the guidance of NASA, the DEVELOP program offers high school students exciting opportunities to work with science advisors in partner agencies on projects in local communities throughout the U.S.
With feet firmly planted on the ground, students research topics in areas ranging from agriculture to weather and make important contributions in support of NASA’s broad-ranging earth science mission.
Since 1999, the DEVELOP program has administered over 2,400 internships in locations across the country. The Langley-based National Program Office oversees 15 DEVELOP team—six at NASA Centers in Maryland, Virginia, California, Alabama, and Mississippi as well as five regional locations in Virginia, Colorado, Illinois, New York, and Alabama; two academic locations in St. Louis and Georgia; and two international locations in Mexico and Nepal.
During the summer term, high school students work 30-35 hour per week for 8 weeks, starting this year on either June 3 or June 17, 2013. Some internships are paid, while others are offered on a volunteer basis.
As part of a DEVELOP team, students conduct research in areas that examine how NASA technology can benefit partner organizations and construct projects that focus on practical applications of NASA’s research results. These projects often provide the basis for continued independent research and can easily evolve into national science competition entries. And it’s no secret that colleges are looking for students with proven interest or expertise in STEM-related fields.
High school students with a strong interest in environmental science, earth science, technology, computer science, environmental policy are invited to apply. Thousands of students have already graduated from the program, and many discovered career paths along the way.
To qualify, students must be enrolled in high school, college or graduate school and must be at least 16 years of age. Students must also have a 3.0 GPA and submit an application that includes two letters of recommendation as well as an essay, a resume, and an unofficial academic transcript. Don’t wait until the last minute to start this application, as it is fairly comprehensive and asks for a great deal of information.
For this year’s summer term, all applications must be sent to the National Program Office in Hampton, Virginia, and postmarked by February 4, 2013.
Housing is not provided and students are responsible for living expenses. But for the student with interest in applied sciences who wants to get a head start on research, the cost may be worth it.
For more information on all the NASA programs for high school students or to download a DEVELOP application, visit NASA’s science education webpages.