The period for applying for Trainee Opportunities in 2018 is now closed.
The 2019 projects will be advertised here in Autumn 2018.
Who can apply?
To apply you must be a national of an ESA Member State or one of its Cooperating States. Member States include: Austria, Belgium, 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. Canada is a Cooperating State and Slovenia is an associate member. Other EU states also have Cooperation Agreements with ESA, such as Bulgaria, Cyprus, Lithuania and Malta. Latvia and Slovakia are participating in the Plan for European Cooperating States (PECS). Studying in an ESA member state does not contribute to your eligibility for an ESA traineeship.
Applicants should be in the last few years of their Bachelors degree or be studying a Master's degree. You need to at least be a student (either undergradute or Master's student) when you apply. For recent graduates, we refer you to the ESA Young Graduate Trainee scheme and the ESA National Trainee scheme. For PhD and Post-docs, we refer you to the Network/Partnering Initiative (NPI) and the ESA Research Fellowships.
Traineeships last from three to six months.
Traineeships are unpaid, however a daily allowance may be granted of €20 for non-residents (including weekends) and €15 for residents (not including weekends). A non-resident is defined as someone living more than 50 km from the establishment.
Trainees have to provide their own health insurance, accident insurance and travel expenses.
Trainees are responsible for finding their own accommodation.
Further information on ESA Trainee Programmes can be found here.
How to apply
Applications are accepted through an online application form, which will be available when the projects are advertised in the Autumn. Please come back then.
You will be contacted shortly after the deadline if you have been invited for an interview. An interview day at ESAC will be organised for January/February 2018 where you have the opportunity to talk to each tutor of the projects of your interest. If you are unable to attend the interview session, telephone/web interviews will be held.
How to get to ESAC
Each year between twenty to thirty projects are advertised. All project durations are between a minimum of three months and a maximum of six months. The types of projects we offer are astrophysics, engineering, IT, instrumentation, education projects etc (all ESAC activities). See the following for the types of projects advertised in previous years:
The ESAC Trainee Project is part of the ESA Student Placement scheme and is organised and funded by ESAC Human Resources and the Science Operations Department, in collaboration with the ESAC Faculty and the ESA Education Office.