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Paid Internships at The European Astronaut Centre

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The European Astronaut Centre is looking for a dynamic intern in the field of Development of Video & Multimedia Training Materials. The full-time internship is for six months, based at EAC near the historic city of Cologne.


The EAC is the home base of Europe’s astronauts. The Astronaut Training Division is responsible for developing and implementing ESA astronaut training programmes. As part of their preparation for missions to the ISS all astronauts from ESA and its International Partners (NASA, Roscosmos, JAXA, CSA) receive training at EAC for the Columbus European research laboratory. In addition, the EAC provides training for certain special skills such as Robotics, Extra-Vehicular Activities (EVA) and Human Behaviour and Performance (HBP).


The EAC has a rich back catalogue of material that was taught to the current group of ESA astronauts during their initial Basic Training. This catalogue is being used as the starting point to develop new educational materials in a range of multimedia formats using a variety of modern learning technologies. The goal of this internship is to assist in this process.


Your tasks as an intern will be diverse and centered around the production of innovative training materials.

For example, one main task is creating training videos. You will be involved throughout the production process; helping to write storyboards, planning and shooting the footage (for example, you might be interviewing an astronaut or creating an animation), as well as editing the final video.

Solid skills in multimedia development, both 2D and 3D, and/or design will see you being kept busy on a range of varied and novel activities. You will be working as part of a multidisciplinary team.


  • Recording and editing videos for training and educational purposes (for example: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLbyvawxScNbsoD_tGlw8kWCw3S5htiVKZ)
  • Development of multimedia content as required, using a variety of tools and software
  • Assisting in the creative and design process by suggesting innovative ways to illustrate complex technical concepts
  • Supporting the EAC Training Division Team as required
  • You should be from either a multimedia/creative designbackground or an aerospace engineering or scientific field of studies but have good video/multimedia skills
  • Experience with video and/or audio recording
  • Experience of design, 2D/3D graphics, animation for example: Adobe Premier, After Effects, Photoshop, Captivate, InDesign etc.
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Fluent English (minimum CEFRA C1)
  • A passion for human spaceflight and modern communication technology would be beneficial but most important are enthusiasm and curiosity

Your profile will determine where you fit best and which projects (technical or design) you work on.


  • Full time internship 5 days per week
  • Based at  the European Astronaut Centre near Cologne-Bonn airport
  • A monthly allowance is payable:
    • €600 if living more than 50 km from EAC
    • €300 if less than 50 km
  • Maximum duration of the internship is 6 months (min 2-3 months)
  • Start date: Flexible, from October 2016 onwards and throughout 2017
  • You must be a citizen of an ESA member or cooperating state in order to be eligible
  • You should be enrolled at a university or collegeWHY APPLY?

We are looking for dynamic people who can work independently. You will be encouraged to show initiative, take on new challenges, learn new skills. In return you will have access to EAC facilities and be working in a stimulating environment that is unique within Europe. The vibrant and historic city of Cologne and famous River Rhine are just nearby.


Interested? If so, send your CV, motivation letter, and the ESA application form (select ‘Application Form’ on: http://www.esa.int/About_Us/Careers_at_ESA/Student_placements2) to: Matt Day ([email protected]).


Type of Opportunity Internships
DeadlineOctober, 2016



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