NASA DEVELOP recruitment events come to Pinebelt area

NASA DEVELOP recruitment events come to Pinebelt area

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Personnel from the NASA DEVELOP National Program were at William Carey University in the lobby of Green Science Hall from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Thursday, January 22 to discuss internship possibilities with interested students.

DEVELOP is an interdisciplinary research environment where applied science research projects are conducted under the guidance of NASA and partner science advisors. In addition to research experience, participants gain valuable professional experience in the workplace along with attending networking opportunities and working in teams of individuals from different backgrounds. Young professionals in DEVELOP lead research projects utilizing NASA Earth observations and remote sensing to address community concerns and public policy issues.

"Someone that participated in the program could benefit from it. I know I personally didn't know what I wanted to do before I started the program; it really helped me to focus my interest," Shelby Barrett, Campus Ambassador for NASA DEVELOP said. "Even if you're not necessarily interested in environmental applications, it definitely offers an opportunity for professional collaborative research experience."

The paid internship program is currently recruiting for the 2015 summer term, which runs from June 1 until August 7. In addition to the 10-week summer program, flexible 10-week internship opportunities during the fall and spring semesters are also available.

Students with a strong interest in Earth sciences, environmental science, remote sensing, computer science, GIS, technology and environmental policy are strongly encouraged to apply. No previous experience is required in these areas.

"You're working with a team of young professionals from varying backgrounds," Barrett said. "They're also working with science advisors and mentors through the program that are making sure you're doing things correctly and providing opportunities for you."

Students currently enrolled in college courses and recent graduates from all majors, as well as early and transitioning career professionals (including transitioning or recently transitioned veterans from the Armed Forces) are eligible to apply.