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You have reached the Science Systems and Applications, Inc. (SSAI) application page for the NASA DEVELOP Program. The NASA DEVELOP National Program application and selection processes are managed on behalf of NASA by SSAI.

If you have an interest in Earth science and geographic information systems and would like to build your professional skillset, we invite you to learn more about DEVELOP. DEVELOP fosters a collaborative, challenging, and dynamic work environment, where teams conduct ten-week feasibility studies that apply NASA Earth observations to address decision making needs.

DEVELOP participants are the key to conducting successful applied earth science research projects. Motivated, innovative, and goal-oriented, DEVELOP participants work with NASA Earth observation data under the guidance of NASA and partner organization mentors and scientists. Challenged to think innovatively, participants build technical and professional interaction skills (teamwork, communication, etc.). Please refer to the DEVELOP website for additional information about the program:

If you have any questions regarding DEVELOP, please contact the National Program Office at (757) 864-3761 or send an e-mail to:  If you experience technical difficulties with the application site, please contact SSAI at (757) 864-4498.

Please review the following information prior to starting your application:

         DEVELOP Application Guidelines


         Summer 2020 Proposed Project List

New Participant Essay Questions

         Previous Participant Essay Questions

*Note: We recommend you use the Application Questions above to prepare your responses prior to starting your application.  Then, you can copy and paste your responses into the application form and proceed to the next section.  In order to be considered for a position, you must complete the entire application process.

Once you review all above materials, please follow the instructions below and click on the applicant portal link to start your DEVELOP application.

New Participant Application Portal- click on this link if you:

         -Have never applied to DEVELOP before.
         -Applied before, but were not selected.
         -Were previously selected, but declined your selection and did not participate in DEVELOP.
         -You participated in the program more than a year ago (previous 3 terms) from the current application

New Participant Applicant Portal

Previous Participant Application Portal - click on this link if you:

         -Were previously selected and participated in the program at one of the locations within the last year
           (previous 3 terms) from the current application window.


Returning Participant Applicant Portal

Science Systems and Applications, Inc. (SSAI) is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, ethnicity, color, national origin, sex, gender identity, pregnancy, religion, age, marital status, sexual orientation, military/veteran status, disability, genetic information/history or any other personal characteristic protected by law. SSAI welcomes all individuals with disabilities and protected veterans. Please click on the links below to view our EEO/AAP Statement of Policy and the “EEO is the Law” poster.


Affirmative Action Program Statement of Policy
Equal Employment Opportunity Is The Law
Equal Employment Opportunity Is The Law (Supplemental)
Pay Transparency Nondiscrimination Provision