Intern in the Flight Programmes Department

Updated: 3 months ago
Deadline: 30 Nov 2022

Internship Opportunity in the Directorate of Space Transportation.

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 Space Transportation Flight Programmes is responsible in particular for: preparing and implementing the Space Transportation Flight Programmes; leading the development activities related to Ariane, Vega and Space Rider and  managing the exploitation accompaniment of the related flight programmes, except  those entrusted to other departments; complementing the Ariane 6 development and implementing the Ariane 6  Competitiveness improvement programme, preparing all elements related to the Ariane 5/6 transition, implementing Prometheus as from the Ariane 6 Maiden Flight onwards and implementing the ESA responsibilities with regard to Ariane 5 and Ariane 6 exploitation; complementing the Vega C development, implementing the Vega C Competitiveness improvement programme and the Vega Evolution preparatory activities, implementing the ESA responsibilities with regard to Vega and Vega C transition and exploitation; completing the development of the P120C and preparing and implementing activities related to solid propulsion of the products and systems described above; establishing the Launch System Master Files resulting from the Ariane 6 and Vega C developments; among other tasks.

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Field(s) of activity for the internship

Topic: Launch System design, qualification and exploitation

As an intern, you will learn about the complete life cycle of a spacecraft in its launch campaign and some aspects of the mission analysis process. The design and implementation of launch campaign process specifically for a cryogenic launch system will be a major part of the learning area.

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.

Space mission’s analysis and design, fluid dynamics, tractography and spacecraft orbit injection strategy 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 .

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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