🌌 Intern in the Infrastructure and Value Chain Department


Internship Opportunity in the Directorate of Space Transportation.

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 Infrastructure & Value Chain Department is responsible in particular for: managing the contracts with CNES related to adaptations of the launch range, necessary for implementing the Directorate's programmes and ESA procured launch services; managing the contracts with CNES that implement the provisions of the CSG Agreement and detail the related services to be provided by CNES; negotiating with CNES/CSG and industry the future evolution of the CSG launch base and implement the related industrial activities; implementing the Element 2 (support to Member States) of the Commercial Space Transportation Services Programme, in close cooperation with the Strategy and Institutional Launches Department; ensuring a focal point on space operation acts related to launch range operations policies; ensuring visibility on Space Transportation manufacturing industry economic and ESG (Environment, Social and Governance) performances and propose measures to improve operational Space Transportation systems and services’ competitiveness; among other tasks.

The Propulsion Test Facilities and Services Team is under the responsibility of the Infrastructure and Value Chain department. We ensure the maintenance in operational conditions of ESA-owned engine test facilities operated by industry and the public sector and setting up and managing the corresponding contracts with the different operators. 

For further information visit our web site: http://www.esa.int

Field(s) of activity for the internship

Topic: Benchmark of Propulsion test facilities

After having understood how is built an Engine test facility, the intern will perform benchmark between the different existing test facilities around the world. The benchmark concerns technical and economical datas, and the facility governance schemes. The benchmark encompasses:

  • Bibliographical research 
  • Internet research
  • Contact with internal ESA staff
  • Contact with test facilities owners
  • Presentation of results to internal ESA management, and to national delegations
  • Participation to the strategic vision of future ESA engine test facilities


What are the means which are installed on these Benches and how do they look like? What are the “new” technologies? 
What type of tests do they propose? (sea level or/and altitude?, which propellants (LOX-Methan? Green Storable?;….) ; equipment level (turbopump; injection chambers….)  
What type of engines are integrated in the small European Launchers from RFA, ISAR, PLD,….? What is the thrust range they need to test ?
What are the test benches exploitation costs? 
What is the NRC for the Test Bench Development and installation? Who (government, industry…) did invest? 
Identification of potential customers for ESA engine test facilities 
Identification of « Start-up » Rocket Engine Test Benches in the World and in particular in Europe (Teruel, Kiruna, ….). What level of finalisation of the bench (operational, in progress)? 

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.

Knowledge and background:

  • Space business, in particular in engine and propulsion technics is an asset.
  • Thermal and mechanical / fluidics / Instrumentation

Soft skills:

  • Openness and being able to build good relationship

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 contact.human.resources@esa.int.

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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Posted 3 months ago
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