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Intern in the Systems Department


  • Organization: ESA - European Space Agency
  • Location: Noordwijk-Binnen
  • Grade: Internship - Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
  • Closing Date: 2022-11-30


Internship Opportunity in the Directorate of Technology, Engineering and Quality.


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 Systems Department is responsible for System Engineering, Software Engineering, Attitude and Orbit Control, Digital Engineering, Cost Engineering, In Orbit Demonstration projects, Technology Transfer & the Business Incubation Initiative, the Advanced Concepts Team and the management of the General Study Program (GSP).


The Systems Engineering Division is described in these pages:
The post you are applying for will be very much connected with the concurrent design environment, and you can explore info about The Concurrent Design Facility and its activities at: and


For further information visit our web site:

Field(s) of activity for the internship

Topic: Systems & Concurrent Engineering: "Exploring the future of immersive Space Design Environment"


1) Actively participate in and support:

  • Systems and concurrent engineering activities (including CDF Studies),
  • Technology developments (e.g. Digital Engineering, MBSE, Augmented Reality, AI, and the innovative trends as identified by the ESA Technology Strategy)
  • Design models and methodologies (including MBSE, design to cost, sustainability etc. addressing the ESA Agenda 2025)

2) Investigate on how technology developments in improved visualization (e.g. VR/AR) could evolve integrated digital environments connecting data, processes and people

  • Analyse state of the art of hardware solutions and explore promising alternatives
  • Identify approaches to improve mechanical configuration production within feasibility studies (i.e. Unity and Blender, light-weight CAD, etc.


Further information is available at 

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.


Educational knowledge:


The following educational/practical background would be considered an asset:

  • Knowledge and Background in Systems Engineering, Mission Analysis and other system-related disciplines;
  • Knowledge and background in (model based) Systems Engineering and familiarity with COMET; 
  • Practical experience with AR/VR/XR technologies, such as Hololens, Blender, Unity, Physx or similar;
  • Programming experience in either C-sharp, C++ and/or Python;
  • Proficiency with office automation software and customization (e.g. Microsoft Sharepoint and Excel);
  • Experience with SysML and modeling tools such as Cameo Systems Modeler, Enterprise Architect or Capella;
  • Experience with engineering tools such as Matlab Simulink, CATIA, ASTOS, ECOSIM pro;
  • Experience with web application development (front and back-end).

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).

We do our best to provide you the most accurate info, but closing dates may be wrong on our site. Please check on the recruiting organization's page for the exact info. Candidates are responsible for complying with deadlines and are encouraged to submit applications well ahead.
Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.