The ESA Space Medicine Team (SMT) is a team of around 25 space medicine experts from a variety of health-related fields whose task is to ensure the physical and mental health of ESA astronauts to help them be productive and thrive in the harsh environment of space. Our team consists of physicians (Flight Surgeons), biomedical engineers, countermeasure exercise specialists, medical project engineers and education experts.
The SMT is able to offer a limited number of internship places each year to students of medicine, the biomedical sciences or biomedical engineering. Our internship projects are usually desk-based and will involve the analysis of medical/research data, systematic literature reviews, elements of medical hardware development or the development of technical models.
Students of medicine should note that the SMT is not a clinical environment, and that due to the highly confidential nature of our Flight Surgeons’ activities, it is not possible to involve students in day-to-day astronaut medical support.
The minimum duration of an internship with the SMT is three months, however, six-month internships are considered ideal. On rare occasions, we can also offer two-month placements to medical students during their elective periods.
We accept applications for internships with the SMO throughout the year and will review applications based on current project availability. If you have not heard from us within three months of sending your application, you have unfortunately not been successful.