Career opportunities


Out of the auditorium – straight into practice
Out of the auditorium – straight into practice

Researching while others study

Successful career paths don't just start after graduating: with an internship at the German Aerospace Center (DLR), we offer you the opportunity of using and expanding your knowledge in one of our many fascinating projects. You could be developing future manufacturing processes for ship construction, designing a test rig for solar sails in space or developing new methods for assessing lunar landing sites. From the very start, you will take responsibility for specific areas and get feedback on your technical performance. Have you chosen a technical or natural science course? Do you enjoy working autonomously in interdisciplinary teams? Are you passionate about highly innovative technologies? If so, you should apply now to a vacancy that suits your requirements or submit a speculative application to the DLR institute or facility in which you want to launch on your mission!

Our institutes and facilities offer internships of various lengths - some of them also pre-study internship – so that you can get an idea of the exciting everyday work at DLR even before starting your studies. If you want to join DLR as an intern, you will, of course, be remunerated for your activity – depending on the nature and scope of your employment with us.

Get started – in the flying auditorium

Are test flights appealing to you? Then, experience one with a flight internship in our ‘flying auditorium’! We use a single-engine Cessna 208B equipped with complex measurement systems to gather meteorological data and carry out tests to investigate flight performance, assess flight properties and flight guidance procedures. Seven aerospace technology or meteorology students can each experience flight tests – not only in the aircraft, but also tracking the manoeuvres and measurement data live on their own monitor with virtual cockpit instruments. These internships – unique in Germany – are conducted by our flight department in Oberpfaffenhofen on behalf of universities.