Internship opportunities at the ESA European Astronaut Centre
The European Astronaut Centre (EAC) is seeking interns to support activities in a range of fields related to human spaceflight.
We are looking for dynamic people who can work independently to help us meet the challenges of human and robotic space exploration. You will be encouraged to show initiative, take on new challenges and learn new skills. In return, you will have access to EAC facilities and be working in a stimulating, multi-national environment that is unique within Europe and close to the historic and vibrant city of Cologne along the famous River Rhine.
Opportunities can be offered with Spaceship EAC (a multi-disciplinary team dealing with research and technology projects related to space exploration), the Space Medicine Team, the Space Training Team and the EAC Communication Office.
Only applications that are complete and follow ESA requirements will be considered.
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Spaceship EAC is tackling topics in modern human and robotic space exploration. The team aims to develop innovative designs to overcome problems related to future space missions and specifically works on low technology readiness level (TRL) projects preparing for human lunar exploration. Our group consists of around 25 European students and young professionals with a wide range of backgrounds and skill sets. Spaceship EAC is based on four pillars:
The vision of Spaceship EAC is to enhance the Centre, developing new capabilities and inspiring the public, students and industry.
Life Support, Habitability and Systems Architecture
Procedure development and the initial studies of algae growth within a small-scale, closed-loop bio-regenerative system and the design of multi-functional habitat elements.
Robotics and Human Factors
Enhance precision and capabilities in teleoperation systems to achieve optimal human-robotics-interactions.
Simulation, Virtual Reality and Analogue
Making use of modern technologies in order to ameliorate astronaut training and mission simulations.
Energy Production and Storage
Using fuel cells, solar arrays and novel energy storage solutions, we are preparing the future energy ecosystem for our presence on the lunar surface.
Research the potential of a variety of materials for protection from high energy particles and other forms of radiation harmful to the human body or electronic equipment.
In-situ Resource Utilization (ISRU), Materials and Additive Manufacturing
The investigation of 'lunar regolith' and how it can be used as building material for habitats as well as reusing conventional and novel additive manufacturing materials for tools and spare parts.
Exercise Hardware and Countermeasure Concepts
Development of multi-functional gym equipment and further techniques to prevent muscle loss on long duration missions.
If you have a suitable background for any of these fields and you wish to apply for an internship with Spaceship EAC, please note application deadlines and internship periods below. The internship duration of six months is non-negotiable, however, deviations from the internship start date by up to two months in either direction could be accommodated to comply with the varying university schedules across Europe. Your application will only be considered if received during the relevant application periods:
- Six-month internship from 1 February – 31 July 2020: Applications accepted from 1 – 30 June 2019
- Six-month internship from 1 May - 31 October 2020: Applications accepted from 1 - 30 September 2019.
- Six-month internship from 1 October 2020 - 31 March 2021: Applications accepted from 1 - 29 February 2020
Please email your application stating 'Spaceship EAC' in the subject line to firstname.lastname@example.org. Do not forget to attach all necessary documents as outlined under 'How to apply' above.
Space Medicine Team
The ESA Space Medicine Team (SMT) is a team of around 25 space medicine experts from a variety of health-related fields whose task is to ensure the physical and mental health of ESA astronauts to help them be productive and thrive in the harsh environment of space. Our team consists of physicians (Flight Surgeons), biomedical engineers, countermeasure exercise specialists, medical project engineers and education experts.
The SMT is able to offer a limited number of internship places each year to students of medicine, the biomedical sciences or biomedical engineering. Our internship projects are usually desk-based and will involve the analysis of medical/research data, systematic literature reviews, elements of medical hardware development or the development of technical models.
Students of medicine should note that the SMT is not a clinical environment, and that due to the highly confidential nature of our Flight Surgeons’ activities, it is not possible to involve students in day-to-day astronaut medical support.
The minimum duration of an internship with the SMT is three months, however, six-month internships are considered ideal. On rare occasions, we can also offer two-month placements to medical students during their elective periods.
If you wish to apply for an internship with the Space Medicine Team, please email your application stating 'Space Medicine Team' in the subject line to email@example.com. Do not forget to attach all necessary documents as outlined under 'How to apply' above.
We accept applications for internships with the SMO throughout the year and will review applications based on current project availability. If you have not heard from us within three months of sending your application, you have unfortunately not been successful.
Space Training Team – Media Internships
What is the Multimedia Internship?
The Space Training Team provides training for all astronauts from ESA and its International Partners (NASA, Roscosmos, JAXA, CSA) for the Columbus European research laboratory as well as special skills such as robotics and Extra Vehicular Activity (EVA).
Multimedia production internships are available for students with excellent multimedia/video production skills.
This internship’s projects are varied but focus on producing video and other media for use in astronaut training (both on the International Space Station and the ground), E-Learning and other uses.
What will you do?
You will be involved throughout the production process; helping to write storyboards, shooting the material (for example, you might be interviewing an astronaut or creating an animation), as well as editing final videos. Solid skills in multimedia development, both 2D and 3D, and/or design will see you being kept busy on a range of varied and novel activities. We are looking for creative people who can work independently. You will be encouraged to show initiative, take on new challenges, learn new skills.
Desired Skills and Experience
- You should either be studying multimedia/graphic design or come from any academic background but have excellent multimedia skills
- Experience with video and/or audio recording and editing
- Experience creating 2D/3D graphics and animation (eg. Adobe CC)
- Excellent teamwork and communication skills
- Fluent English (minimum CEFRA C1)
- A passion for human spaceflight would be beneficial but most important are enthusiasm, curiosity and resourcefulness
We recruit multimedia interns throughout the year. The preferred minimum duration is 4 months (6 months max).
Please email your application stating 'Media Internship' in the subject line to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please attach all necessary documents as outlined under 'How to apply' above.
Space Training Team - Analogue Field Training and Exploration Testing Unit
The PANGAEA and CAVES team specialises in advanced training programmes that equip astronauts and mission developers with scientific, expeditionary and behavioural skill sets for current and future space exploration. The group’s primary output is focused around two training programmes:
CAVES (Cooperative Adventure for Valuing and Exercising human behaviour and performance Skills), a multidisciplinary and multicultural exploration mission in a cave that recreates situations that are analogous to spaceflight. CAVES trainees are exposed to a perception of risk, isolation and confinement whilst they perform spaceflight-like operations, science, equipment testing, and exploration with a multicultural crew.
PANGAEA (Planetary ANalogue Geological and Astrobiological Exercise for Astronauts), a geological and astrobiological field training course that develops fundamental knowledge and skills in these disciplines, as well as observational and decisional skills in identifying important geological features in the field, conducting efficient sampling and effectively communicating with scientists on Earth.
Complementary to their training goals, these programmes are used as research and development platforms to enable advances to be made in several technological, scientific and operational areas. The group also works to support other ESA activities requiring its expertise in analogue science, research and field testing.
The PANGAEA and CAVES team is composed of experts from a variety of backgrounds, including training, speleology, geology, astrobiology, computer science and instrumentation. We work with world renowned academics and explorers to help us develop and teach the courses, which require considerable technical expertise to execute.
Typically our interns have the opportunity to contribute directly to several fields, which enhance these training programmes as well as prepare for the next phases of human spaceflight. So far we have supported internship opportunities in different areas, such as IT, science, human physiology and geology, and therefore have taken students from a variety of backgrounds. Past internship opportunities have included the following topics:
- IT: Electronic Field Book
- Science / Geology: Science reports and microbiological sampling methods, Catalogue development of planetary minerals for field analytical tools libraries
- Science / Human Science: Bibliographic research on human related studies in underground environments
Current open vacancies in the CAVES and PANGAEA team:
PANGAEA – Electronic Fieldbook (EFB) development
If you wish to apply for an internship with the CAVES & PANGAEA team, please send an email to email@example.com. In order for us to review your application, please do not forget to attach all necessary documents as outlined under 'How to apply' above.
EAC Communication Team
The Communication team at the European Astronaut Centre promotes Human and Robotic Exploration of Space by a multitude of platforms and means, ranging from digital, social and traditional media to events and, last not least, by coordinating all public outreach activities regarding ESA astronauts and their missions. The EAC Communication Office offers a limited number of internship opportunities each year and is looking for students with skills and interest in
- Science communication and journalism, public understanding of science
- public relations
- writing and editing for digital media (EAC web site, blogs)
- social media editing and production
- video and multimedia
- PR events
- Community management (fan mail, social media engagement)
If you wish to apply for an internship with EAC Communications, please email your application stating 'Communications' in the subject line to firstname.lastname@example.org. Do not forget to attach all necessary documents as outlined under 'How to apply' above.
We accept applications for internships with EAC Communications throughout the year and will review applications based on current project availability. If you have not heard from us within three to six months of sending your application, you have unfortunately not been successful.