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Intern in the Earth Observation Projects Department


  • Organization: ESA - European Space Agency
  • Location: Frascati
  • Grade: Internship - Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Environment
    • Outer space and satellite technology
    • Project and Programme Management
  • Closing Date: Closed


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 Projects Department is responsible for the overall system definition, and implementation activities for future missions and instruments, and management of approved ESA Earth Observation projects up to and including launch and in-orbit verification, in accordance with mission requirements established during preparatory activities and maintained by the Science, Applications and Climate Department.


This EO team is working in the field of IRIDE project comm activities.

IRIDE Project:
The Convention between the European Space Agency and the Department for Digital Transformation of the Council of Ministers’ Presidency was signed on July 17, 2022. The latter is aimed at implementing the programme for the development of the 'IRIDE' satellite constellation, which will become the most important constellation of low-orbit Earth Observation satellites in Europe, and for which ESA will be the implementing party. With an investment of approximately 1.3 billion euros allocated within the PNRR framework, the new constellation will be built in Italy and completed within five years.  It will have institutional purposes and will be used to support the Civil Protection and other State administrations and bodies to implement measures against hydro-geological instability, to protect the coastline and prevent fires, monitor critical infrastructures, air quality, and weather conditions. Further, it will be able to provide analytical data for the development of commercial applications by start-ups, small and medium-sized enterprises, and industries. 


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Field(s) of activity for the internship

Topic: IRIDE project comm activities


Reporting directly to the IRIDE Project Manager, as an intern, you will support the Communication Officer in charge to manage all communication activities related to the IRIDE project, in close coordination with the relevant EO colleagues and comm representatives from national institutions involved in the project. 

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.

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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