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Young Graduate for U.S. & Canadian Space Policy

  • Organization: ESA - European Space Agency
  • Location:
  • Grade: F1 - Young Graduate Trainee - Junior level
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Outer space and satellite technology
    • Legal - Broad
  • Closing Date: 2019-12-15

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Young Graduate Traineeship Opportunity in the Director General's Services.

ESA is an equal opportunity employer, committed to achieving diversity within the workforce and creating an inclusive working environment. Applications from women are encouraged.

Young Graduate for U.S. & Canadian Space Policy

This post is classified F1.


ESA Headquarters, Paris, France 

Our team and mission

The ESA Washington Office monitors, analyses, and reports on developments in the space sectors of the United States and Canada. It serves as the liaison for the Agency’s contacts in those countries, supports the establishment of such contacts and promotes ESA’s programmes and activities. It is subordinate to ESA’s External Relations Department in Paris and supports all Directorates. It operates with one ESA staff member and one local employee.

Candidates interested are encouraged to visit the ESA website:

Field(s) of activity

Under the direct authority of the Head of the ESA Washington Office, you as YGT will:

  • support the search, collection, and analysis of information regarding U.S. and Canadian space-related policies and programmatic developments. You will attend and analyse relevant events primarily in the Washington area as instructed (conferences, hearings, meetings) and prepare related notes and reports pursuant to the Office’s reporting remit
  • contribute to the Office’s daily operations and other ad hoc tasks within its scope
  • contribute to preparation of ESA events in the U.S. and Canada
  • work on a dedicated study/project (to be defined in coordination with you) relevant to the Office’s tasks
Technical competencies
Knowledge of relevant technical domains
Relevant experience gained during internships/project work
Breadth of exposure coming from past and/or current research/activities
Knowledge of ESA and its programmes/projects
Behavioural competencies
Self Motivation
Continuous Learning
Cross-Cultural Sensitivity

You should have just completed, or be in the final year of a university course at Master’s Level (or equivalent) in a technical or scientific discipline. Applicants with legal, economic or political sciences background will also be considered.

Additional requirements

Knowledge of the space domain and the U.S. political system is desirable.

The working languages of the Agency are English and French. A good knowledge of one of these is required. Knowledge of another Member State language would be an asset.

You should demonstrate good interpersonal skills and the capacity to work both independently and as part of a team.

During the interview your motivation and overall professional perspective/career goals will also be explored.

Other information

For behavioural competencies expected from ESA staff in general, please refer to the ESA Competency Framework.

The closing date for applications is 15 December 2019.

If you require support with your application due to a disability, please email


Please note that applications are only considered from nationals of one of the following States: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. Nationals from Slovenia, as an Associate Member, or Canada as a Cooperating State, can apply as well as those from Bulgaria, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania and Slovakia as European Cooperating States (ECS).

Priority will first be given to candidates from under-represented Member States.

In accordance with the European Space Agency’s security procedures and as part of the selection process, successful candidates will be required to undergo basic screening before appointment

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Before applying, please make sure that you have read the requirements for the position and that you qualify.
Applications from non-qualifying applicants will most likely be discarded by the recruiting manager.

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