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Whether they are in France or abroad, in a start-up or a major company, in rail or aeronautics, internships at ESTACA are as varied as the subjects on offer. They are an integral part of courses and are spread over 1st to 5th years, totalling at least twelve months of corporate experience. Here is an example of some of the internships demonstrating the opportunities on offer at ESTACA…

In Japan, the RTRI (Railway Technical Research Institute) will be welcoming several interns in the field of structure, signalling and risk prevention. Students in the aerospace option will be joining the CNES, specifically mechatronics, on a project to install an “autonomous Martian Mini Rover”. Marianne will be flying to Honolulu for an internship in Astronomy at the university of Hawaii.

Airbus, Air France, Dassault, Safran, Zodiac Aerospace and plenty of other aeronautical companies recruit our students to work on technical issues but also on cross-disciplinary subjects such as quality, purchasing, production methods, etc.

A new Summer Program in aeronautics at ESTACA!


This summer, ESTACA is launching a new summer university devoted to fluid dynamics modelling tools for aeronautics. This one-month programme, entirely in English, entitled CFD Applications in Aeronautical Engineering aims at teaching student how to manipulate CFD (Computational Fluid Dynamics) tools to understand and plan future aeronautics systems.

Designed specifically for international and French students with a 3-year degree in engineering or the sciences, the course includes academic sessions but also conferences and industrial visits. Taught by professors and teachers from industry, students will be working in a multicultural environment from July 3rd to 28th.

International Astronautics Congress: four ESTACA students honoured


At the end of September, a delegation of 5th-year students attended the 67th International Aeronautics Congress (IAC) in Guadalajara, Mexico.

Among them, Pierre Foullon and Pierre Plévin, young entrepreneurs who developed aquaponics (1), presented a version of their project to colonize the planet Mars. Success was on the cards as they were supported by the French Aeronautical Astronautical Association (AAAF) and participated in the Student Competition. Perhaps a future avenue for development of the young start-up company Selfeden?

In another symposium, Aurore Piazza and Arthur Descamps presented the XCube concept to the international community. Developed by Arthur in 2015 at the occasion of his one-year internship at the NASA Ames research centre in California, XCube uses the CubeSat standard and adapts it to on-board experiments. Their team, comprised of 7 students from ESTACA’s Space option, used their 5th-year project to design and build the first demonstrator, before flying off to Moffetfield to present it to NASA. The prototype designed to be carried on the research centre’s drones, includes several features sought after in the field: imaging, flight environment analysis and analysis of air composition. Feedback from the international community was encouraging, especially regarding complete low-cost engineering problem solving.

The dynamic of ESTACA students at IAC since 2013 makes the French school one of the best represented at this major congress. This strengthens its strategic position within the sector and confirms its international reputation. Industrialists and organisations showed a keen interest in their careers, highlighting projects, practicality and knowledge of the industry.

(1) Aquaponics is a culture technique associated with permaculture based on a fish-farm ecosystem that produces quality plants and fish while at the same time saving 90% of the water used in traditional growing methods.