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Engineers training

Engineering program



During their 3 years of studies at ISAE-ENSMA, students put into practice what they have learned and gain hands-on experience of engineering tasks through 3 compulsory internships.


Blue-collar internship

Between the 1st and 2nd year: a 1-to 2 month placement between July and August.
During this first internship, students work as blue-collar workers and discover the world of production. They learn to value the importance of human and social relations within a company.


Junior engineer training

Between the 2nd and 3rd year: a 3-to 4 month placement between June and September.
This internship is carried out within a company or a research organisation, in France or abroad, and is supervised by an engineer. Students work as junior engineers. Through this placement, they discover first-hand what the work of an engineer entails. It should also help them to clarify what field of engineering they are most attracted to and therefore, to choose their third-year specialisation.

Oral presentations take place mid-November.

Graduation project

At the end of the ISAE-ENSMA degree course: a 3-to 6 month placement between April and September.

Placed at the end of the academic training, this last internship can be carried out within a company or a research institution, in France or abroad.

Students are given charge of a study which a junior engineer should be able to conduct. They see the project through, from the design stage to test analysis. This last internship is a real springboard for the integration of young graduates onto the labour market.

Should an ISAE-ENSMA co-supervisor agree to it, the graduation project can also count as a Research Master Project. Such internships (graduation cum Research Master project) can be the opportunity for companies to make the most of ISAE-ENSMA’s research skills.

Oral presentations take place early September.

Examples of internships

  • CNES – Kourou, French Guiana
    Prevention and consequences in an ICPE of a gas release into the atmosphere.
  • CNES – Paris, France

    Research for design rules for space turbopumps.

  • AIRBUS DEFENSE AND SPACE – Toulouse, France

    Simplification of thermal models for satellite simulation.

  • ARIANE GROUP – Les Mureaux, France

    Avionics architecture modelling engineering study.

  • DASSAULT AVIATION – Saint Cloud, France

    Falcon composite wing optimization.

  • CEA – Site de Saclay, Gif-sur-Yvette, France

    Simulation of two-phase test flows in a beam representative of a fuel assembly of a nuclear power plant core.

  • IFREMERS – Plouzane, France

    Mechanical characterisation of the composite hydrofoils of the JO2024 Olympic supports.

  • NAVAL GROUP – Ruelle-sur-Touvre, France

    Design manager for a submarine launch system.

  • MBDA – Le Plessis Robinson, France

    Optimisation of the calculation tools for the ballistic performances of a propellant.

  • ETS MONTREAL – Canada

    Analysis of the combustion of jet fuels and blends based on oxygenated biofuels.


    Development of a hybrid kick motor for deep-space probes.


Developed in collaboration with companies, this work leads students to understand a concrete problem as a whole.

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