Internship within Space Engineering: ISS Columbus Fluid Science Lab and External Payloads

Publish Date
17 Nov 2017
Airbus Defence and Space
Friedrichshafen GER
Reference Code
10387095 SS EN EXT 1
Interest Group
Functional Area
Structure Design & Integration
Contract Type
Working Time
Full time
Work Experience
Not specified

Internship within Space Engineering: ISS Columbus Fluid Science Lab and External Payloads

Airbus Defence & Space Friedrichshafen (ex Astrium ST)

Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2016, it generated revenues of € 67 billion and employed a workforce of around 134,000. Airbus offers the most comprehensive range of passenger airliners from 100 to more than 600 seats. Airbus is also a European leader providing tanker, combat, transport and mission aircraft, as well as Europe’s number one space enterprise and the world’s second largest space business. In helicopters, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military rotorcraft solutions worldwide.

Our people work with passion and determination to make the world a more connected, safer and smarter place. Taking pride in our work, we draw on each other's expertise and experience to achieve excellence. Our diversity and teamwork culture propel us to accomplish the extraordinary - on the ground, in the sky and in space.

Description of the job

Are you looking for an internship? Would you like to discover the work of a Project Engineer? Then apply now! We look forward to you joining us at the Payload Development department in Friedrichshafen from September or October 2015 on for a 3-6 months full-time internship (35 hours/week, flexi-time) working on the development of fluid physical and external payloads.

Location: Friedrichshafen
Start: March / April
Duration: 6 months

The department works as prime contractor and develops zero-gravity research facilities for the International Space Station (ISS). These research facilities are either Experiment Inserts for larger facilities like for example the Fluid Science Lab (FSL) or the Micro Gravity Science Glovebox (MSG) or self-standing experiments mounted externally on the ISS, like the Atomic Clock Ensemble in Space (ACES). Experimental facilities go through the full product development cycle within the department – from concept definition to delivery of fully qualified flight hardware. Current projects are at various stages of progress, meaning that you will have the opportunity to work on different aspects. These phases include the following elements: feasibility study, preliminary design / development, construction / testing of equipment. You will be assigned to a project team during your internship. As an intern you will acquire an in-depth insight into a complete development cycle!

In addition the opportunity exists to write a final thesis after the internship, upon agreement with the department.

Internships at Airbus

Tasks & accountabilities

  • Concept development, trade-offs and design assessments
  • Preliminary design and construction using CAD
  • Market research for realisation (make or buy)
  • Documenting your own results
  • Mechanical, thermal and hydraulic analyses
  • Preparing reviews
  • Preparing / carrying out of lab research for technology and performance breadboards

Required skills

You offer:

  • Enrolled student within Aerospace / General Engineering, Fluid Mechanics, Optics, Physics or similar field of study
  • Interest in Lab Work is a must: Measurement, testing, experimental hardware integration
  • Sound knowledge in Microsoft Office for project documentation needed
  • Programming: Basics in Lab View, C/C++
  • CNC preparation would be a plus
  • English: fluent - Please note all documentation is in English
  • German skills would be a plus

You are a good team player, have excellent communication skills, and are able to work independently.


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Does this job description fit your objectives and profile? Take the next step in your career and come and join us!

How to apply:
Online via
Reference number 10387095
Please provide the following documents: cover letter, C.V., relevant certificates, current certificate of enrolment, excerpt from your study regulations/guidelines if it is a compulsory internship)

You can direct your cover letter to: Mrs. Seeger
Should you have general questions regarding this position you can write an E-Mail to:

Airbus is committed to achieving workforce diversity and creating an inclusive working environment. We welcome all applications irrespective of social and cultural background, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation or religious belief.

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