Intern in Secure Space Telecommunication Systems

Updated: 3 months ago

Internship Opportunity in the Directorate of Connectivity and Secure Communications.

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 European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) - Noordwijk, Netherlands

Space-based telecommunication plays a crucial role in modern society, enabling global connectivity, secure communications, and supporting various applications such as satellite broadcasting, broadband internet, and mobile networks.

This internship will cover a range of topics related to SECURE space-based telecommunication, including:
A) Space system engineering principles
B) Secure Space-based Communication Systems including definitions of Security, through its pillars, and

  • How to achieve space telecommunications with high Availability.
  • How to achieve Confidentiality and Integrity (basic principles of COMSEC and CRYPTOSEC);
  • How space communication systems can help in distributing Position, Navigation and Timing information.

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Field(s) of activity for the internship

Topic: Secure Space Telecommunication Systems

As an intern, you will contribute to the following tasks:

  • Supporting Threat Modelling and Security Risk Analysis of SATCOM systems
  • Supporting the review of development and deliverables of Industry activities 
  • Supporting the generation of security requirement specifications 
  • Supporting CSC Directorate Security Awareness Programme

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.

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).

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