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21 Portuguese in Technological Internships at CERN, ESA and ESO


The program of Technological Internships at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), the European Space Agency (ESA), the European Southern Observatory (ESO) provides training opportunities for young Portuguese graduates in areas where the competence of these organizations is internationally recognized.

At Call for the attribution of Studentships for Technological Internships 2013, which took place between September and October, FCT attributed 21 Studentships in different organizations: ten internships will take place in ESA, ten in CERN and one in ESO. Among the internship possibilities available in each organization, applications were valued in areas that have greater thematic relevance for the country, namely areas indicated by industry, and others appropriate to the experiences and programs in which Portugal participates. The selected areas range from Mechanical Engineering and Electronic Engineering to Computing, Physics, Materials, among others.

FCT succeeds the Innovation Agency in the management of this Internship Program since late 2012, and promotes not only the attribution of internship Studentships but also the selection of candidates and the monitoring of the work developed by the interns. Resulting from protocols signed with these organizations, this program has placed over 250 trainees in the three international organizations since 1996, contributing significantly to increasing the competitiveness of national companies.