Student Internships

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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. 

Hot tip!

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

  • Applicants must be a citizen of one of the ESA Members States or from one of the European Cooperating States
  • 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 
  • CV
  • 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 2019 will be accepted from 1 September to 31 October 2018.
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.
ESTEC and ECSAT Please submit your application to Students4ESTEC@esa.int. Applications for internships in 2019 will be accepted from 1 September to 31 October 2018.   
ESRIN Please submit your application to Students4ESRIN@esa.int. Applications for internships in 2019 will be accepted from 1 September to 31 October 2018. 
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.

Selection process

ESTEC, ESRIN and ESOC (including ESEC): Candidates are selected by the relevant department. ESTEC, 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.

Terms and conditions

  • Student internships last from three to six months, preference being given to longer internships. 
  • Students are normally given one internship during their studies.This can be split into two parts if so required by the student's university, provided that the total duration does not exceed six months.
  • Internships are unpaid, however, a monthly allowance of €600 for non-residents and €300 for residents is granted. A non-resident is defined as someone living more than 50 km from the establishment. The non-resident allowance will also be granted to students with special needs, irrespective of their residency status.
  • Student interns must provide their own health insurance, accident insurance and travel expenses.
  • Student interns are responsible for finding their own accommodation.
  • Students can apply for and perform a maximum of two work placements during their studies.
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