Intern in the Strategic Foresight Office

European Space Agency (ESA)


Internship Opportunity in the Director General’s Services.

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 Strategic Foresight Office looks beyond current expectations and develops a variety of plausible futures and scenarios to support the Agency, the Director General and Programme Directorates in developing the Agency’s vision, increasing resilience and fostering change. The Office uses a variety of Strategic Foresight methodologies to assess current trends in society, geostrategy, politics, the environments, economy, law, technology, values, to anticipate potential change and disruption, identify threats and opportunities, and facilitate sound decision making at the Agency. The Office supports the development of the Agency’s strategic plan.

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Field(s) of activity for the internship

Topic: Intern in the Strategic Foresight and Planning Office

As an intern, you will be involved in all the activities of the Office and be exposed to the different tools and methodologies. Different tasks will be possible depending on your interest and capacities. The Office’s tasks include in particular:

  • Horizon Scanning and Intelligence research
  • System mapping and analysis
  • Scenario development
  • Foresight project development and monitoring
  • Facilitation of workshop
  • Drafting of reports, analysis, briefs, etc.

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.

Additional Requirements:

  • A very broad range of fields will be considered as we value all disciplines
  • An interdisciplinary education and atypical background would be a strong asset
  • Strong analytical, research and writing skills are required

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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