Intern in Science, Applications and Climate Department - Europe and Africa Extreme Temperature

Updated: 3 months ago

Internship Opportunity in the Directorate of Earth Observation Programmes.

ESA is an equal opportunity employer, committed to achieving diversity within the workforce and creating an inclusive working environment. We therefore welcome applications from all qualified candidates irrespective of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, beliefs, age, disability or other characteristics. Applications from women are encouraged.


Our team and mission

This position is based at the ESA Centre for Earth Observation (ESRIN) - Frascati, Italy

The Applications Section activities and responsibilities are mainly in the research and development (R&D) domain for earth observation-based solutions addressing the European and global international environment and development agenda. Most of our projects are characterized by the active involvement of key stakeholders throughout the design, development, and validation phases, to ensure the integration of the developed innovative EO-based solutions into the end-users’ operational systems and practices.

The  team is based at the ESRIN site of ESA and has eight EO experts, each of them overviewing specific domains where EO data are used, such as marine, carbon and agriculture, among others.

For further information visit our web site:

Field(s) of activity for the internship

Topic: Land surface temperature extremes in Europe and Africa using Thermal Earth Observation Data

Several high spatial resolution thermal satellite missions expected to operate in the coming years. Among those, the European Space Agency will launch the Land Surface Temperature Monitoring (LSTM) mission, set to join the Copernicus Sentinel system in 2028. The satellite will have Thermal Infrared observation capabilities over land and coastal regions in support of agriculture management services, and possibly a range of additional services.

In the view of the LSTM, ESA conducts research projects using data from currently available thermal sensors to develop future applications, including thermal data retrieved from the International Space Station through the ECOsystem Spaceborne Thermal Radiometer Experiment (ECOSTRESS). 

Through your internship, you will work with data from the ECOSTRESS sensor. You will analyze land surface temperature [extremes] for the European continent (EU mainly) and the African continent between 2018-2023. ECOSTRESS data are also extensively used to estimate evapotranspiration. 

You will use ESA supported cloud computing platforms to conduct your research.

Behavioural competencies

Result Orientation
Operational Efficiency
Fostering Cooperation
Relationship Management
Continuous Improvement
Forward Thinking


You must have student status and be enrolled at university for the entire duration of the internship. You should preferably be in your final or second to last year of a university course at master’s level in a technical or scientific discipline.

Additional requirements

The working languages of the Agency are English and French. A good knowledge of one of these is required. Knowledge of another Member State language would be an asset.

Additional Requirements:

  • Earth observation, thermal applications, “big data” cloud-based processing, meteorology

Other information

For behavioural competencies expected from ESA staff in general, please refer to the ESA Competency Framework.

If you require support with your application due to a disability, please email [email protected] .


Please note that applications are only considered from nationals of one of the following States: Austria, Belgium, the 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. Nationals from Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia and Slovenia, as Associate Member States, or Canada as a Cooperating State, can apply as well as those from Bulgaria, Croatia and Cyprus as European Cooperating States (ECS).

Similar Positions