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Intern in the Software and Artificial Intelligence Team for Human and Robotic Exploration

European Space Agency


Posted 1 week ago

Join the forefront of space innovation with a Software and AI Internship at the European Space Agency


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Cologne, Germany

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Expires at anytime

The European Space Agency (ESA) offers an exciting opportunity to be a part of groundbreaking space exploration projects. As an inclusive and diverse employer, ESA is dedicated to driving innovation within the Directorate of Human and Robotic Exploration Programmes, located in Cologne, Germany. Interns will contribute to a variety of exploration destinations including LEO, the Moon, Mars, and Earth analogues.

  • Participate in advancing software and AI technologies for flight experiments and operational tools.
  • Work within the realms of AI, XR, IoT, and Quantum technologies.
  • Engage with data as a foundational element across projects.
  • Experience a multicultural environment with English and French as working languages.
  • Currently enrolled university students, preferably in their final or penultimate master’s level year in a technical or scientific field.
  • Proficient in English or French; additional ESA Member State language skills beneficial.
  • Open to nationals from ESA Member States, Associate Member States, Cooperating States, and European Cooperating States.

For more details and to apply, visit ESA's website.

The European Space Agency is an equal opportunity employer, committed to achieving diversity within the workforce and creating an inclusive working environment. We are based in Cologne, Germany and are part of the Directorate of Human and Robotic Exploration Programmes.

Our team, the Software and Artificial Intelligence Team, drives innovation in HRE projects and initiatives across diverse exploration destinations such as LEO, the Moon, Mars, and Earth analogues. We develop and integrate advanced software and AI technologies to support flight experiments, operational tools, and simulators. We are structured around four core pillars: AI, XR, IoT, and Quantum technologies, with data serving as a foundational element throughout.

We are looking to recruit 3 candidates for an internship duration of six months. You will be working with either the AI section or the XR-Lab which are part of our team. AI plays a crucial role in enabling future space missions. From mission planning, smart space station companions and chatbots to automated navigation and route planning on other planets, it will be key to integrate AI-solutions into the future exploration roadmap.

Candidates must have student status and be enrolled at university for the entire duration of the internship. Applicants should preferably be in their final or second to last year of a university course at master’s level in a technical or scientific discipline. 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 vary depending on the topic you choose to work on. For further information visit our web site:

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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