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Intern in the Mission Management and Ground Segments Department


  • Organization: ESA - European Space Agency
  • Location: Frascati
  • Grade: Internship - Internship
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  • Closing Date: 2022-11-30


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 Mission Management and Ground Segments Department is responsible for the management of the Earth Observation missions handled by ESA in Phase E2, and for the design, development, and operation of the related Payload Data Ground Segments (PDGS) as well as the related data management.


The tasks of the department include, in particular: project management of Earth Observation programmes and missions in their exploitation phase (Phase E2 and beyond); preparation and implementation of the Phase E2 (and beyond) for the ESA Earth Explorer and Earth Watch missions, in accordance with the mission objectives and with the evolution of the user needs; preparation and implementation of Phase E2 for the CSC missions handled by ESA, based upon the current and expected service requirements and the appropriate programmatic framework agreed with the European Commission; Earth Observation data management through the design, implementation, and operations of the PDGS for the ESA and CSC missions; Earth Observation data quality, processor development and maintenance, calibration and validation for ESA and CSC missions handled by ESA during their Phase E; activities related to the ESA Earth Observation heritage mission data.


The ESA Ground Segment and Data Management Division is responsible for Earth observation (EO) data management through the design, implementation and operations of the Payload Data Ground Segments (PDGS) for a number of Earth observation missions, such as Earth Explorer, Earth Watch, Third Party and Heritage missions, in order to provide high quality scientific data to the Earth observation community.The Payload Data Ground Segments are made up of several systems and industrial services deployed at a number of facilities and covering different functions, such as data acquisition (from satellite), data processing, data access (to the data users) and data archiving. To best serve the needs of the Earth observation community, the Division is very active in seeking opportunities to innovate in terms of functionalities, services and technologies, while securing the operational robustness of the Payload Data Ground Segments.


The ESA Ground Segment and Data Management Division is responsible for providing data and information to the technical and scientific Earth observation communities, including data generated from the Earth Explorer, Earth Watch, Third Party and Heritage missions and data provided by the Copernicus Contributing Missions. A vast amount of data is discoverable through the EOP websites (e.g. and available online for immediate download.


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Field(s) of activity for the internship

Topic: Data Access Collaborative Platforms


As an intern, your will work on the following tasks:

  • Getting awareness of the current deployment of Common Services data access functionality offered to Earth Observation user community, including the Mission Application Algorithm and Datacube platforms
  • Familiarising with the above platforms, and define specific use cases for the implementation of a machine learning process aiming at improving the processing of earth observation data
  • Collecting use cases for further exploitation of data
  • Adequating the contents of the current Jupiter Notebook environment augmenting with some prototyping of the collected use cases
  • Providing feedback for the further evolution of the platform in response to weaknesses identified

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: Knowledge and background in cloud computing, earth observation data, Python script language 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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