Fly to the space with the internship of the European Space Agency

The European Space Agency offers many internship opportunities for the next year. Choose yours!


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Organization: The European Space Agency (ESA) is Europe’s gateway to space. Its mission is to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space continues to deliver benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world. ESA is an international organisation with 22 Member States. By coordinating the financial and intellectual resources of its members, it can undertake programmes and activities far beyond the scope of any single European country. ESA’s job is to draw up the European space programme and carry it through. ESA's programmes are designed to find out more about Earth, its immediate space environment, our Solar System and the Universe, as well as to develop satellite-based technologies and services, and to promote European industries. ESA also works closely with space organisations outside Europe.

ESA's headquarters are in Paris which is where policies and programmes are decided. ESA also has sites in a number of European countries, each of which has different responsibilities:

-EAC, the European Astronauts Centre in Cologne, Germany;

-ESAC, the European Space Astronomy Centre, in Villanueva de la Canada, Madrid, Spain;

-ESOC, the European Space Operations Centre in Darmstadt, Germany;

-ESRIN, the ESA centre for Earth Observation, in Frascati, near Rome, Italy;

-ESTEC, the European Space Research and Technology Centre, Noordwijk, the Netherlands.

-ECSAT, the European Centre for Space Applications and Telecommunications, Harwell, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom.

-ESA Redu Centre, Belgium.

ESAC, the European Space Astronomy Centre, is the ‘home’ of ESA’s space-telescope and planetary missions, the place from where science operations are conducted, and where all of the scientific data produced are archived and made accessible to the world. Telescopes in space are humankind’s eyes in the heavens: from their superior observing positions high above Earth’s atmosphere, they provide us with astounding views of the Universe at many different wavelengths. ESAC is where the instruments providing these views are operated and where these views become available for scientific study. Signals from black holes, from distant galaxies, from neighbouring planets and even from planets far beyond the Solar System are beamed back to the Madrid countryside.

ESAC has been chosen as the site for the Science Operations Centres (SOCs) of ESA Science missions for both astronomy and the Solar System. This means ESAC is rapidly evolving into a scientific hot-spot, a meeting point for top-level international space scientists working in different, but closely-related areas. The archives for all of ESA’s astronomy and Solar System missions are kept at ESAC so researchers have a single ‘entry point’ for accessing the wealth of scientific data.

ESAC is also involved in Earth Observation activities. ESAC hosts the Payload Operations and Data Processing Ground Segment of the ESA’s Soil Moisture and Ocean Salinity (SMOS), second Earth Explorer satellite.

ESAC offers 27 internship project for the 2018. You can find here all of them:

  1. Triggering xmm-newton target of opportunity observations with swift
  2. Extension and exploitation of high-energy upper limit tools
  3. X-ray investigations of the unique "bursting pulsar
  4. X-ray observations of nearby active galaxies with xmm-newton
  5. Code analysis for cassini vims data and juice
  6. Planning simulator with gpu
  7. Modelling and analysis of the microscopic properties of cometary dust using the rosetta/midas dataset
  8. Flashes (flexible alert system for high energy sources)
  9. Convolutional neural nets and a galaxy cluster zoo
  10. Gaia: design a toy model of global astrometry in python
  11. 3d maps of nearby star forming regions with gaia
  12. Space surveillance and tracking segment: support on testing sst front-end and back-end
  13. Exploring the scientific database of the planetary science archive
  14. Visualization of esac science archives accesses worldwide in near real-time
  15. Visualizing the sun-earth connection
  16. Visualising network information through a web interface tool
  17. Reconstructing spacecraft ephemeris with spice for esa planetary missions
  18. Design of a millimetre-wave polarization calibration nano-satellite
  19. Common test reports: testing reports in confluence
  20. Cubesat: attitude determination and control system and demonstrator
  21. Gnss science for everyone: scientific applications using raw gnss measurements from android smartphones
  22. Ob stars in the solar neighbourhood as observed by gaia
  23. Discovery and characterization of hot subdwarfs using the virtual observatory
  24. Vo scientific exploitation of wide-area surveys
  25. Preparation of science cases for the cesar education initiative
  26. Image processing pipeline for the cesar solar observatory
  27. Software development for space science education in cesar


Duty Station: Paris


Deadline: 10 december 2017


Job description: -Traineeships last from three to six months.

-Traineeships are unpaid, however a daily allowance may be granted of €20 for non-residents (including weekends) and €15 for residents (not including weekends). A non-resident is defined as someone living more than 50 km from the establishment.

-Trainees have to provide their own health insurance, accident insurance and travel expenses.

-Trainees are responsible for finding their own accommodation.


Qualifications: -To apply you must be a national of an ESA Member State or one of its Cooperating States. Member States include: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Canada is a Cooperating State and Slovenia is an associate member. Other EU states also have Cooperation Agreements with ESA, such as Bulgaria, Cyprus, Lithuania and Malta. Latvia and Slovakia are participating in the Plan for European Cooperating States (PECS). Studying in an ESA member state does not contribute to your eligibility for an ESA traineeship.

-Applicants should be in the last few years of their Bachelors degree or be studying a Master's degree. You need to at least be a student (either undergradute or Master's student) when you apply. For recent graduates, we refer you to the ESA Young Graduate Trainee scheme and the ESA National Trainee scheme. For PhD and Post-docs, we refer you to the Network/Partnering Initiative (NPI) and the ESA Research Fellowships.


Application process: Complete the online application form, filling out your details, indicating which projects you want to apply for (a maximum of 3) and uploading your CV (in English).

You can also attach a cover letter to your CV if you wish. You will be contacted shortly after the deadline if you have been invited for an interview. An interview day at ESAC will be organised for January/February 2018 where you have the opportunity to talk to each tutor of the projects of your interest. If you are unable to attend the interview session, telephone/web interviews will be held.


Useful links:

Offer site

ESA website


Contact information:

Communication Department

European Space Agency

8-10 rue Mario Nikis

75738 Paris

Cedex 15


Tel: + 33 1 5369 7155

Fax: + 33 1 5369 7690


Edited by Daniela Esposito

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