Intern in the Copernicus Space Office

Updated: 2 months ago
Deadline: 30 Nov 2022

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

The Copernicus Space Office is responsible for programmatic activities, which are relevant to Copernicus. The tasks of the Department include, in particular: monitoring the Agency’s Copernicus activities and ensuring their coordination; ensuring coordination with the ESA-EU matters Committee and with the EC in the implementation of Copernicus by interfacing with the Copernicus Unit and other EC services; coordinating the implementation of the EU-ESA Agreement on Copernicus and supporting negotiations for any amendments conducted under the lead of the Directorate of European, Legal and International Matters; preparing and planning programmatic aspects of the Copernicus Space Component operations concept; preparing Copernicus programmatic documents and supporting negotiations with the EC and other organisations on Copernicus.

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Field(s) of activity for the internship

You can choose between the following topics:

1) Topic 1: The Copernicus Space Component response to EU policies 

The Copernicus Space Component responds to user requirements and to European policy priorities. As an intern, you will conduct an ex-post survey to assess how the Copernicus Space Component's was affected and responded to European policies in the past and what may be expected in the future.  The survey will also map the processes through which European policy priorities are generated and transformed into program requirements and identify potential areas for improvement.

2) Topic 2: Copernicus and Security.  Future scenarios and implications

Security aspect are of growing concern across Europe.  As an EU led programme, Copernicus is called to address these concerns.  In order to properly assess the possible implications of these concerns, as an intern, you will conduct a survey of current security related requirements, map and classify the requirements and identify possible trends based on the latest EU communications.  Based on the trend analysis, you will explore the potential implications these trends may have on the Copernicus Space Component.

3) Topic 3: New Space trends and implications on the Copernicus Space Component

New Space is changing the space industry worldwide affecting design and development practices, as well funding schemes and business models.  Institutional players are making growing use of New Space solutions when procuring new space based systems and services. As an intern, you will conduct a survey of the latest New Space trends, classify them and identify potential implications on the Copernicus Programme.  Risks and opportunities stemming from New Space solutions will be listed and implications on the Copernicus Space Component will be studied.

Behavioural competencies

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


You must be studying for a Master’s degree, preferably in the final or second-to-last year of University, and you need to remain enrolled at your University for the entire duration of the internship

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 requirements:

1) Topic 1: International relations, EU policies, familiarity with the aerospace sector and engineering. 
2) Topic 2: International relations, engineering, familiarity with the aerospace sector and EU policies.
3) Topic 3: Economics and engineering.  Familiarity with the aerospace sector. 

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 .

Internships can take place remotely, on-site or partially on-site depending on the pandemic situation, and in line with the relevant Establishment’s policy (e.g. possible Green Pass requirement) applicable at the time of starting the internship.


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 and Cyprus as European Cooperating States (ECS).

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