Intern in the Foresight, Strategy and Coordination Department

Updated: about 2 months ago
Deadline: 15 Dec 2022

Internship Opportunity in the Director General's Services.

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 Foresight, Strategy and Coordination Department contributes to the strategic thinking at programmatic level, consolidates programmatic proposals and ensures a coordinated approach at ESA.

It is responsible for:

  • supporting on the development and planning of strategic projects for the future of the agency and space industry
  • in Europe.
  • reviewing Member States social, economic and political policies;
  • supporting on the development communication and awareness of the ESA Green Agenda
  • monitoring the implementation of the Director General's strategic policies, notably ESA Agenda 2025;
  • establishing and maintaining the ESA Long-Term Plan (LTP);
  • developing a responsible supply chain and procurement management system
  • preparing and submitting to Council an annual report on the Agency's performance.
  • preparing the ESA Annual Report and the Director General's reports to Council;
  • overseeing the programmatic preparation and coordination of the Council meetings at ministerial level;
  • contributing to the preparation of high-level meetings such as Space Summits;
  • identifying space and non-space challenges which could be supported by future activities and programmes, proposing transversal initiatives addressing specifically non-space actors and the civil society at large (e.g. Arctic, Blue Worlds, Sustainable Development Goals), proposing and supporting ESA projects shared among several Directorates;
  • analyzing the strategic evolution of the ESA footprint in the Member States.

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Field(s) of activity for the internship

You can choose between the following topics:

1) Topic 1: Support to the work of the Office related to the follow-up of actions stemming from the implementation of the ESA Agenda 2025, the preparation of reports and documents on ESA programmes and activities, and associated research I analysis work.

2) Topic 2: Support to the identification of space and non-space challenges which can be addressed by future programmes, help to elaborate the relevant narrative and support to the promotion of transversal initiatives at coordinated level across ESA.

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.

Knowledge and background in Political Science, Strategy studies, Economy, as well as in the structure of the organisation is 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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