Intern in the Accelerator Core Team

European Space Agency (ESA)


Internship Opportunity in the Directorate of European, Legal and International Matters.

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

This position is based at the ESA HQ – Paris, France

The “Accelerator Core Team” is tasked with the coordination of the implementation of the new initiative proposed by ESA, the “Accelerators” that are meant to support the acceleration of the use of space in Europe (see Accelerators: a vision and call for action – ESA Vision).

Interfacing with the Directorates in charge of the three Accelerators (Space for a Green Future, Rapid and Resilient Crisis Response and PROTECT the space infrastructure) and with all Corporate Services, the team is tasked with the concretization of the vision and the implementation of the Accelerators in a coordinated way, also supporting the identification of governance models and possibilities for funding. It also deals with the engagement with the main stakeholders to coordinate and develop new concepts of action targeting users’ needs, helping engaging funders, users and other partners in creating building blocks to augment ESA seed activities. It contributes to high-level meetings at delegate and Ministerial levels from the perspective of the Accelerators and designs an effective communication plan in synergy with the relevant ESA strategies that will contribute to output with impact (internal and external).

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Field(s) of activity for the internship

Topic: Strategic and communication approach for the acceleration of the use of space assets

Understanding of the approach behind the accelerators, contributing to the elaboration of the governance of the initiative, proposing communication and promotion actions:

  • Elaboration of partnership models between public / private and national / international actors
  • Identification of potential partners / target groups
  • Contribution to the elaboration of messages towards the external world
  • Identification of events where the accelerators can be presented / promoted
  • Developing communication tools adapted to audience targeted
  • Proposing specific actions to support the build-up of the accelerators
  • Support across the team generally on projects related to the Accelerators according to need

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 [email protected].

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, Croatia and Cyprus as European Cooperating States (ECS).

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