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Career opportunities at ESA: study internships at the control center in Darmstadt

14/09/201740574 views46 likes

Are you studying engineering, computer science, physics or mathematics? Are you fascinated by space travel? Have you always wanted to know how to control a satellite in the depths of space? Then you should get to know the current job and career opportunities at the European Space Agency (ESA), especially at the Darmstadt site!


With a 3 to 6 month internship at ESA you will gain your first experience and get exciting insights into the work at the satellite control center ESOC, “Europe's gateway to space” in Darmstadt. You will find yourself in excellent international company, because we work here in interdisciplinary teams with colleagues from 22 ESA member states.

The areas in which interns are accepted are as varied as ESA itself. Simply choose the subject area that appeals to you most in our application form and convince us of your interest and suitability in your application. And maybe you even want to take the chance and combine your internship at ESA with your master's thesis?

Lift-off for your career

You should have the following requirements:


  • You are a citizen of an ESA member state.
  • You are preferably in the last or penultimate year of your master’s degree.
  • You can communicate in English without any problems.
  • You are enthusiastic about working in an international environment.
  • You want to get involved in a great team and learn a lot.

Interest? Then apply by October 31, 2017! You can find more information on our website.

Background to the ESA and the control center in Darmstadt:

50 years of highlights in the service of European space travel

The European Space Agency ESA is an intergovernmental organization that aims at the civil use and exploration of space. For 50 years this has included missions in space science, research, industrial policy and practical applications.

Europe's Ariane launcher, the Meteosat weather satellite program, climate satellites, an astronaut corps, Mars Express, the Rosetta comet hunter and TV satellite systems are all based on initiatives by ESA. ESA also plays a key role in Europe's new Copernicus earth observation program and in the Galileo navigation program.

The ESA currently has 22 member states. By bundling the financial resources and know-how of the individual countries, it enables the implementation of programs and projects that none of the member states could ever set up on its own. In this context, the German Aerospace Center (DLR) represents Germany's interests at ESA.

ESA / ESOC (European Space Operations Center)


The European Satellite Control Center ESOC in Darmstadt is a specialist center of the ESA. ESOC has ensured the smooth operation of European satellites and space probes in their orbits since 1967. To date, the center has successfully managed over 60 ESA missions - such as B. Rosetta, Smart-1, ExoMars, XMM-Newton, Gaia, Envisat, CryoSat or the Sentinels. ESOC control rooms, which are networked with ground stations around the world, track and monitor satellites during their entire mission, trigger corrective maneuvers and control the operation of their payloads. In 2016, ESOC employed around 270 permanent ESA employees and 630 employees from contract companies at the Darmstadt site.

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