College of Natural Resources, UC Berkeley

Internship 8/4/11

August 4, 2011

I. NASA DEVELOP Internship Program 2011

I. NASA DEVELOP Internship Program 2011
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 projects at DEVELOP JPL 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.

I am pleased to inform you that 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, 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.

The DEVELOP Program was featured in the June 2009 Journal of Photogrammetric Engineering and Remote Sensing. The highlight article can be accessed at: http://www.asprs.org/publications/pers/2009journal/june/highlight.pdf.

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, but we are actively recruiting for Fall 2011 interns at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA. Fall 2011 applications must be postmarked by August 8, 2011. It is not too late to apply! Applications are available through our website at: http://develop.larc.nasa.gov/.

Internships are paid. Rate varies by educational attainment level. Fall 2011 students are expected to work a maximum of 20 hours per week, and will begin on September 12, 2011 and end on November 18, 2011.