European Space Agency (ESA)

Intern (Language Services Division - Director General's Cabinet)

European Space Agency (ESA)

Job Description


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

The Director General Cabinet is responsible for supporting the Director General and Council in their Operational Activities, including acting as Secretary to Council, and supporting the ESA governing bodies and delegations. Responsibilities include relations with Member States (including pre-Council consultations, preparation of meetings and visits of the Director General, maintaining brief and up-to-date dossiers on each Member State), preparation of Executive Board meetings and bilateral meetings with Directors, providing Language Services (interpretation, Translation, editing, minute-writing), record management and protocol services. The Director General Cabinet is also responsible for providing Management Support and administrative Coordination for the Director General Services.


The Language Services and Minute-Writing Division is in charge of translating and editing official documents, correspondence and miscellaneous texts relating to the Agency’s work with a particular emphasis on scientific, technical, legal, financial and administrative subjects, as well as of drafting minutes of the meetings of ESA’s different bodies. The main languages from and into which texts are translated are English, French and German. The Division maintains a trilingual terminology database with over 30,000 terms and uses computer-assisted translation (CAT) tools and neural machine translation to support the translation process. It comprises 25 team members and consists of three sections: The English Translation, Editing and Support Section, the French Translation Section and the German Translation Section.


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Field(s) of activity for the internship

You can choose between the following topics:


1) Topic 1: Support the French Translation Section in translating various documents from English into French.

2) Topic 2: Support the work of the English Translation, Editing and Support Section in carrying out terminological research and extracting terminology from Agency documents and other reliable sources in French, English and German, and in maintaining and drafting terminology records for the ESA Termbase, the Agency’s multilingual terminology database covering most areas of ESA activity with entries principally in French, English and German.


Given the nature of the assignment, as an Intern, you will be required to work across the whole range of ESA activities.

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.


1) Topic 1: (ideally) basic knowledge of CAT tools, in particular Trados Studio would be an asset.
2) Topic 2: research and communication, use and manipulation of (multilingual) data 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

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 and Cyprus as European Cooperating States (ECS).

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