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Intern in the Ground Systems Engineering and Innovation Department - Data Systems 3/3
European Space Agency (ESA)
Grade: Intern
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Job Description

Internship Opportunity in the Directorate of Operations.

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.


ESOC, Darmstadt, Germany

Our team and mission

The Ground Systems Engineering and Innovation Department is responsible for all the ground systems engineering and support activities required to support mission operations and implement innovation.

The Department maintains and manages a full level of competences, technologies and services in all engineering disciplines related to ground systems, infrastructure, technology evolution and Engineering R&T and innovation.

The Department provides expert support in these areas to the Directorate of Operations for all current and potential missions and leads, in the role of architect, ground systems evolution and innovation implementation in the infrastructure.

The Department is furthermore responsible for the overall technical standardisation coordination for the ground segment, in particular in the Management Council of the Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems (CCSDS).

The Department is relying on the following domains of expertise:

  • Ground Station Engineering
  • Flight Dynamics and Mission Analysis
  • Mission Operations Data Systems Engineering
  • Navigation Support
  • Multi-Mission Infrastructure – Ground Segment Integration and Testing

For further details, you are encouraged to visit:

You are encouraged to visit the ESA website:

Field(s) of activity/research for the traineeship

Depending on your interest and skills the focus of the training will be on advanced software technologies in

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Cyber Security
  • Model Based System Engineering
  • Augmented and Virtual Reality
  • Robotics simulation/ monitoring and control
  • Embedded software systems in the context of CubeSats.

The exact details of the work will depend on the missions or projects available and your specific interests and skills. It may include any task in the software development life-cycle, from requirements definition to operations support. This provides an excellent opportunity to learn about the specification, design, implementation, testing, transition to operations, and management of complex software systems and their underlying software infrastructure. The training may also provide the opportunity of exposure to real spacecraft operations. The work will be performed under the supervision of an experienced Data Systems Manager.


1) topic 1: Software Innovation:

Our Advanced Ground Software Application Lab (AGSA Lab) is a centre of excellence that provides the environment for innovations in areas such as next-generation graphical user interfaces, distributed operations software, CubeSats (in particular OPS-SAT), augmented and virtual reality, deployments in cloud-base architectures, cybersecurity, quantum computing-enabled software, support to research studies and/or international standardisation activities.

2) topic 2: Software Processes:

Optimisation of legacy software or traditional spacecraft operation processes by spin-in of software modern practises.

3) topic 3: Business Process:

Optimisation of legacy business intelligence tools by spin-in of software modern practises; update or replacement of tooling to support roll-out planning for systems and their dependencies; update or replacement of tooling to supports management of business processes by providing common dashboards and reporting by harmonising diverse project data.

Behavioural competencies

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


You must 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 the following areas is an asset:

Modern Information Technology and Software Engineering, Robotics, Computer Graphics or Natural Sciences or Engineering with major in Information Technology or Computer Science. Specialisation in AI (Machine and Deep earning), Cyber Security, AR/VR technologies, Embedded software development.

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 and Slovenia, as Associate Member States, or Canada as a Cooperating State, can apply as well as those from Bulgaria, Cyprus and Slovakia as European Cooperating States (ECS).

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