ESA offers students a wide range of student internship options. Technical opportunities are available at most ESA Establishments. There are also a limited number of non-technical opportunities.
Preferably in their last or second to last year of a master's degree, many students take the opportunity to prepare their thesis during their time at ESA.
As student internships are offered by most ESA Establishments, make sure that you select a specific area of interest when you apply. To help identify these, you can find a list of ESA's research and project fields here. Each Establishment also has its own website.
Who can apply
- Applications are accepted from nationals of ESA Members States and European Cooperating States, together with Slovenia as an Associated Member State and Canada as a Cooperating State.
- Candidates must have student status and be enrolled at university for the entire duration of the internship. Applicants should be in the final year of their Bachelor’s degree or be studying for a Master's degree.
What to send in with your application
- Online application
- Cover letter explaining why you would like to work at ESA
- Student enrolment certificate
Where to send your application
|ESOC and ESEC (Redu)||Please submit your application to Students4ESOC@esa.int. Applications for internships in 2020 will be accepted in September/October 2019. Updated information on the selection process will be provided here at a later stage.|
|EAC||EAC Internship opportunities are offered in a number of areas. For information on EAC internships, application procedures, internship periods and contact email addresses, please see Internship Opportunities at EAC.|
|ECSAT||ECSAT Internship opportunities are offered in a number of areas. For information on SPACESHIP ECSAT opportunities, internship periods, contact email addresses, and to apply for an internship, please see Internship opportunities at Spaceship ECSAT.|
|ESTEC||Please submit your application to Students4ESTEC@esa.int. Applications for internships in 2020 will be accepted in September/October 2019. Updated information on the selection process will be provided here at a later stage.|
|ESRIN||Please submit your application to Students4ESRIN@esa.int. Applications for internships in 2020 will be accepted in September/October 2019. Updated information on the selection process will be provided here at a later stage.|
|ESAC||Special deadlines apply for the European Space Astronomy Centre in Villanueva de la Cañada, Madrid, Spain, so please check here before applying.|
|ESA Headquarters||ESA HQ does not currently give student internships.|
ESTEC, ECSAT, ESRIN and ESOC (including ESEC): Candidates are selected by the relevant department. ESTEC, ECSAT, ESRIN or ESOC (including ESEC) will contact the selected candidates to offer them a student placement within four months after the closing date for applications. The starting date is made by mutual agreement and can be anytime within the following year.
ESAC and ESA HQ: Your application will be examined by the relevant department. If successful, and we are able to offer you an internship, you will be contacted by us. Should you not hear anything further from us within three months with regard to your application, then you must assume that we were unable to find a suitable internship for you.
EAC: Applications are reviewed by the relevant department. Suitable candidates are contacted for phone interviews within six weeks after any closing date for applications, or within three months if applications are accepted throughout the year. Should you not hear anything further from us within the applicable time frame, please assume that we were unable to offer you an opportunity.