SSETI Internship Programme Manager

The SSETI Internship Program was conceived in 2006 with the goal of increasing the number of student internship opportunities in the European space sector.  The SSETI Association will select an Internship Programme Manager, advertise the programme, identify internship opportunities in ESA and the European space industry, select talented and motivated students, provide the students with a monthly allowance during their internships, and ensure that short reports are produced by the students and their hosting companies at the end of the internships.  Internships are expected to last 3 to 6 months, and will be organized in two seasons per year.  The mandate of the Internship Programme Manager will last for one year, encompassing two internship seasons.

The Internship Programme Manager shall be responsible for the following tasks:

  • Actively seeking out and maintaining hosting and sponsorship contacts within ESA and the European space industry
  • Organizing the call for interested students, and coordinating the call for the next internship season before leaving office
  • Maintaining the list of Hosting Companies and interested students, and gathering the review board at the beginning of each season to evaluate the internship opportunities
  • Reporting to the SSETI Executive Committee every two months, and submitting a complete report of activities and the budget at the end of the year

Requirements for the position of Internship Programme Manager:

  • Must be a student holding the nationality of one of the ESA Member States of Cooperating States
  • Willingness to sign the SSETI Internship Programme Manager Agreement
  • Willingness to make this position a priority over any other SSETI duties
  • Sufficient time to complete the tasks of the Programme Manager, considering other duties including university and SSETI work
  • Excellent communication skills – the Programme Manager will be the primary contact for Hosting Companies, students, universities, and sponsoring organizations.

Interested? Contact us using the contact us found within the menu to the left.


The current vacancies within the European Student Earth Orbiter (ESEO) project:

Science Data Management (SCIDM) Team

This team will be responsible for handling mission science data and convert it into a human readable format as well as managing the data storage itself. The specific tasks will entail:

  • User request processing
  • Instrument planning
  • Science data processing
  • Instrument performance evaluation
  • Data management, security and archiving
  • Science data delivery and notification to users, including quality information
  • Publishing of data for public consumption

In order to carry out these tasks, the team members will require programming knowledge, preferably Java or C and it would be an advantage for them to have:

  • Experience with programming databases
  • Good communications skills, specifically technical English

Interested? Contact us using the contact us found within the menu to the left.

Simulations (SIMU) Team

This team will be responsible for developing a program to simulate the ESEO satellite and the status of its on-board systems during the mission. This “simulator” is to be programmed using the following; Eurosim, Simulink, Matlab, STK and ThermXL.

The team will be required to make regular contact with every other student team to obtain data and to provide simulation results and analysis. Important systems for simulation are attitude control, dynamic power budget, communications, and on-board data storage. The SIMU team will be included in the analysis segment of the project, tied closely to mission analysis, risk and thermal control teams.

Required skills are:

  • Programming; in matlab, c, c++
  • Knowledge of Simulink and Eurosim
  • Working knowledge of technical English

Other skills which would be an advantage are:

  • Experience with STK
  • Basic knowledge of satellite design and operation; power systems, communications, software, ground station operation, attitude control systems)

Interested? Contact us using the contact us found within the menu to the left.

Mission Control Computer (MCC) Team

This team is the nucleus of the Ground Segment. Responsible for processing the data acquired from the ground stations and preparing user interfaces for the operators, the team’s role will be:

  • Configure a mission server (hardware) and its backup.
  • Configure SCOS2K as the operations software.
  • Programme software for telemetry acquisition and storage.
  • Programme software for generating and storing telecommands.
  • Configure Internet interfaces and links to and from users of the MCC.
  • Be the nexus between the ground station, the operators and the database

In addition to this, the team should also take the responsibility for the Spacecraft database, i.e. for all the software and databases required for controlling the satellite platform and payloads.

In order to perform these roles it is absolutely required to:

  • Have programming knowledge in some language (preferably Java or C)

And it is advised to:

  • Have programming knowledge in databases
  • Have programming knowledge on coding protocols
  • Be willing to communicate a lot between the rest of the ground segment teams, as lots of cooperation will be required between the parties

Interested? Contact us using the contact us found within the menu to the left.


The current vacancies within the European Student Moon Orbiter (ESMO) project:

Space Environment & Effects Analysis (SPEN) team

The SPEN team shall be required to:

  • Perform analyses of the space environment that would be encountered by the ESMO spacecraft throughout its mission, using mission analysis data provided by the Mission Analysis team, and for various mission design options
  • Perform assessments on the effects of the encountered space environment on the ESMO spacecraft systems
  • Propose effective measures to mitigate these effects through design, should they present a significant risk to the success of the mission
  • Document their analyses as required by the project

Space environments shall include the natural environments (radiation, micro-meteoroids, atomic oxygen, vacuum, thermal cycling) and the induced environments (man-made debris, electromagnetic susceptibility, contamination).

The team shall use suitable simulation and analysis software tools (e.g. ESABASE, FASTRAD, MASTER etc) to perform the necessary environment and effects predictions, particularly the radiation dose versus shield depth curve for the various mission profiles relating to different mission design options and later the radiation dose at component level taking into account shielding from the specific spacecraft configuration.

Interested? Contact us using the contact us found within the menu to the left.

Harness (HARN) team

The HARN team shall be required to:

  • design the cabling that links the different units of the spacecraft together, based on the spacecraft system architecture defined by the System team and interfaces/technical specifications defined by the various subsystem teams
  • design the routing of cables within the spacecraft configuration using the 3D CAD model provided by the Structure and Configuration team
  • estimate the length of cabling and number of connectors, and hence the mass of the harness

The harness for the ESMO spacecraft covers all cables and connectors linking the different spacecraft units together, including electrical, data and radiofrequency links.

Interested? Contact us using the contact us found within the menu to the left.

Initiative Teams

The initiative teams are teams working on tasks applicable for one or several projects. The legal team, the treasury team and the infrastructure team are examples of the existing initiative teams. Since the association is growing there is a need of more initiative teams, currently we have the following vacancies:

Infrastructure Team Members

The infrastructure team is looking for UNIX/Linux Systemadministrators and Application Developers, more specifically for the positions described in the list below.

Student systemadministrators with:

-UNIX/Linux experience and a thirst for knowledge and new technologies
-an open mind for Free/OpenSource projects
-an interest in continuously tuning and extending server installations
-the will to build a complete platform with services, high-availability, fault tolerance, preventive monitoring, backup schedules – where he/she can add own ideas, thoughts and considerations.

Application Developers with:

-MySQL experience to extend and expand DB structures
-PHP experience and the will to learn more about it
-enthusiasm for building modular and opensource solutions to support the community within the projects

ECTS points, possible participation in international ESA funded workshops and loads of experience are among the things that you as student get in return for your work within the team.

Interested? Please use the “join sseti” button, located to the left, in order to find information regarding how to proceed.