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working as volunteer for the OeWF
Would you like to help develop Austrian and International space activities? Are you somebody who wants to change things and are interested in working at fascinating areas like research, politics and technology? Then you are at the right place. As we are a non-profit organization, we work in principle with volunteers and thus do not offer paid jobs or paid internships.
Application for internships starting after September 2023 are open
For high school students
In collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Technology, the OeWF offers each year 2-5 internships in summer for teenager attending an Austrian school between 16 and 19 years old; these internships lasts typically one month during the summer and are payed. Tasks include assisting current research projects (for instance data analyses) or scientific outreach activities. The place of work is usually Innsbruck, Austria.
For university students
Within the framework for a bachelor thesis, internships between 4-24 weeks are possible. The tasks will depend on the professional experience of the applicant. We have had interns with various backgrounds e.g. physics, biology, media sciences, project management, architecture, informatics etc. with the goal of developing an academic thesis (e.g. seminar, bachelor or master thesis). If you are interested in such an internship, please write us a short email with your CV, competence profile, and we will contact you for a nonbinding first interview. These internships are mostly volunteer-based or part of the students academic curriculum. The OeWF does not provide accomodation or meals.
What are the qualifications?
We don’t have any requirements for internships, except for a high interest and motivation for the topic of space activities and a proficiency in English. If an applicant is interested in such a position, we generally conduct a job interview, leading to a selection process on a competitive basis. For non-Austrian applicants, a residence permit and health insurance for the European Union is necessary. (For payed internship, an additional work permit is necessary.)
We are hosting students, guest researchers, volunteers and people with a passion for space from various professional backgrounds and from many nations. Typically, these stays last from anything between 2 weeks to half a year and are generally unpaid. Due to the number of applications each year and the limited number of slots available, there is a competitive process in place to select the best applicants.
Will I get paid for my activities? Is there a stipend or travel/housing subsidiary?
No. Generally, internships or student placements at the Austrian Space Forum are unpaid and we do not provide stipends for coming to or staying in Austria. This applies also to BSc, MSc and PhD placements. However, project related expenses are covered by the OeWF.
What about insurance and legal requirements?
You are required to have a valid health insurance for the duration of your internship. For non-EU citizens, a permit to stay in Austria is required; as you are not employed by the OeWF you would not need a working permit.
Do you provide assistance w.r.t. Visa application and accommodation?
Yes, on a case-to-case bases: The OeWF assists with legal and immigratory matters as well as finding accommodation. Note however, that the OeWF will not be able to provide accommodation or meals.
Can I do the internship as part of a compulsory element of my academic studies?
Yes – this is in fact a common rational for internships at the OeWF: If your academic thesis is in line with the Austrian Space Forums aims, you are welcome to apply.
What are the weekly working hours?
Full-time interns are generally working from 09:00-17:00/18:00 from Monday to Thursday, 09:00-16:00 on Fridays (38,5 hrs/week). Different working hours can be negotiated.
- Academic thesis at the Austrian Space Forum
- Academic publications of the Austrian Space Forum
- Blog posts of our interns
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