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Intern in the Copernicus Space Office


  • Organization: ESA - European Space Agency
  • Location: Frascati
  • Grade: Internship - Internship
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Meteorology, Geology and Geography
    • Outer space and satellite technology
  • 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 Copernicus Space Office is responsible for programmatic activities, which are relevant to Copernicus. The tasks of the Department include, in particular: monitoring the Agency’s Copernicus activities and ensuring their coordination; ensuring coordination with the ESA-EU matters Committee and with the EC in the implementation of Copernicus by interfacing with the Copernicus Unit and other EC services; coordinating the implementation of the EU-ESA Agreement on Copernicus and supporting negotiations for any amendments conducted under the lead of the Directorate of European, Legal and International Matters; preparing and planning programmatic aspects of the CSC operations concept; preparing Copernicus programmatic documents and supporting negotiations with the EC and other organisations on Copernicus.


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Field(s) of activity for the internship

Topic: Copernicus Space Component sustainability and carbon neutrality


Article 30 of the Financial Framework Partnership Agreement between the European Commission and the European Space Agency on the implementation of the European Union Space Programme foresees that the parties collaborate to jointly define modalities to reach the European climate neutrality goal by 2050 by cooperating on activities contributing to this target such as assessing the footprint of the activities implemented under the FFPA.  As an intern, you will complete a survey of related requirements currently in place within the Copernicus Space Component, identify gaps and propose possible solutions to ensure that the CSC achieves and supports European climate neutrality objectives within the framework of related ongoing ESA initiatives.

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 requirements: Climate change, carbon neutrality and engineering.  Familiarity with the aerospace sector. 

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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