Intern in the Commercialisation Department

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    2 weeks ago
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    Economics, Finance
  • Deadline:
    November 30, 2022



Job Req ID:  16142
Closing Date:  30 November 2022 23:59 CET/CEST
Publication:  External Only
Vacancy Type:  Intern
Date Posted:  1 November 2022


Internship Opportunity in the Directorate of Commercialisation, Industry and Procurement.


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.



Paris, Noordwijk

Our team and mission

The Commercialisation Department is responsible for identifying and incubating new space start-ups and businesses with a commercial and competitive potential and setting up the environment to enable these businesses to commercialize their products outside the perimeter of ESA programs, including training, access to finance and provision of IOD/IOV opportunities.


ESA has been stimulating commercial activities in space and space-enabled domains throughout the last two decades. It is since 2021, however, that ESA regroups critical experience, knowledge and activities under the newly formed Directorate of Commercialisation, Industry and Procurement. Under this new umbrella of the commercialisation department, ESA can unlock the exploitation of new markets in an evolving ecosystem by identifying new trends and gaps; fostering venture creation and disruptive innovation; and attracting private investment into the sector.


The Investment and Ventures team aims at supporting European Space start-ups that have managed to demonstrate their technologies and are ready to develop their businesses. On the ventures side, the team works closely with pre-commercial ESA programmes to identify and promote promising projects and start-ups. On the investment side, and through the newly created ESA Investor Network we facilitate expertise exchange between ESA and investors. Overall the goal is threefold, supporting investors in making informed investment decisions; helping them in their fundraise to ensure we have large enough investment funds capable to support companies throughout their investment lifecycle; and matching public and private financial efforts supporting portfolio companies. Furthermore, strong collaboration with the European Commission (through Cassini), the European Investment Bank Group and the EUSPA ensure alignment and leveraging of public support mechanisms for both investors and companies and identify future needs.


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Field(s) of activity for the internship

Topic: Investments and ventures


You will be involved in supporting investors relations activities. This includes:


1. Communication / Events
– Helping in the organisation of specific match-making events for investors
– Drafting articles, communications and newsletter dedicated to investors through a thorough watch over the space ecosystem developments
– Tracking latest news in the ecosystem, especially related to the Investor Network Portfolio companies


2. Research
– Scouting for new opportunities and companies fitting investors’ investment scope
– Supporting the identification of potential ESA Rising Stars steaming from ESA Pre-Commercial Programmes
– Supporting in the due diligence process for both investors and companies
– Business Plan Analysis
– Performing analysis on ESA Member States, and their financial space ecosystem supporting the growth of the ESA Investor Network


3. Ad-hoc support
– Helping in the update and consolidation of financial data platforms

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.


Knowledge and background in Economics, Finance or Business Administration is an asset.

  • You have some knowledge of the financial ecosystem and understanding of company’s investment lifecycle.
  • You have strong analytics and organisational skills
  • You are proactive and autonomous
  • You have a demonstrated interest in space technologies and start-ups.

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).