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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. 


Who can apply

  • Applications are accepted from nationals of ESA Member States and European Cooperating States, together with Latvia and Slovenia as Associated Member States 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 preferably be in their final or second-to-last year of a university course at masters level (or equivalent) in a technical or scientific discipline. 

Terms and conditions

  • Student internships last from three to six months, with preference being given to longer internships. 
  • Students are normally given one internship during their studies.This may be exceptionally 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.


How to apply

The next round of intern opportunities will be published in Autumn 2020 and will remain open for a month.

  • Once published, you will be able to browse the ESA list of opportunities here.
  • Select the one that best matches your interests and profile.
  • Apply for one opportunity which is the best match to your profile. Applying for several opportunities will not necessarily increase your chances of obtaining an internship.
  • To apply, you first have to register and create your candidate profile with your CV and motivation letter.

Once you have applied, you will be able to track the status of your application.


After applying

  • Candidates are selected by the relevant tutor and an internship offer will be sent to the successful candidates at the end of 2020 / early 2021 for those who have to start their internship in early 2021. For the others, offers will be sent in the first quarter of 2021.
  • The take-up-duty date is then made by mutual agreement taking into account what you have mentioned on your application form and can be any time from February to October of the same year. 


All candidates will be informed of the outcome of their application by email.