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Young Graduate Trainee for Diversity & Inclusiveness


  • Organization: ESA - European Space Agency
  • Location: Paris
  • Grade: Level not specified - Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Human Resources
  • Closing Date: Closed


Young Graduate Trainee for Diversity & Inclusiveness

Job Req ID:  17292
Closing Date:  28 February 2023 23:59 CET/CEST
Establishment:  ESA Headquarters, Paris, France
Directorate:  Directorate of European, Legal and International M
Publication:  External Only
Vacancy Type:  Young Graduate Trainee
Date Posted:  1 February 2023


Young Graduate Opportunity in the Directorate of European, Legal and International Matters


ESA is an equal opportunity employer, committed to achieving diversity within the workforce and creating an inclusive working environment. We therefore welcome applications from all qualified candidates irrespective of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, beliefs, age, disability or other characteristics. Applications from women are encouraged.


This post is classified F1 on the Coordinated Organisations’ salary scale.



ESA Headquarters, Paris, France 


Our team and mission

Diversity and Inclusiveness (D&I) are at the heart of the ESA’s values and are high on the ESA Agenda 2025. This is why ESA has launched the 8 Steps Forward to advance these values as concrete initiatives, paving the way for continuous improvement. Through this initiative, ESA intends to enhance its wealth of diversity and at the same time ensure that the values and objectives pursued through D&I actions become an inherent feature of its policies and business practices. The fundamental aspiration is to become a modern, attractive employer that serves as a model to the space community and beyond, as ESA wishes to attract and develop a diverse pool of talent and leverage the rich treasure of experience, know-how and potential of its employees.

You are encouraged to visit the ESA website:

Field(s) of activity/research for the traineeship

Under the direct authority of the Chief Diversity Officer, as a Young Graduate Trainee, you will provide analytical, administrative and project support in matters related to Diversity & Inclusiveness, which includes:


  • independent research and analysis including benchmarking on best practices relevant to D&I, for ESA as well as for the space sector and other comparable organisations;
  • supporting the Chief Diversity Officer in proposing measures and devising solutions to address D&I challenges and contributing to their implementation;
  • establishing and maintaining a database with information, statistics and analysis on D&I;
  • supporting organisation of events with other organisations and follow-up;
  • supply of relevant D&I material and content to ESA staff for external presentations;
  • supporting implementation and follow-up of corporate communication on D&I, including maintenance of the D&I intranet portal.

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

Result Orientation

Operational Efficiency

Fostering Cooperation

Relationship Management

Continuous Improvement

Forward Thinking


You should have just completed or be in the final year of your master’s degree in in economics, political science or other related fields of study.

Additional requirements

  • Knowledge of the persistent issues regarding Diversity and Inclusion in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) fields.
  • Relevant experience gained during internships and/or project work.
  • Breadth of exposure coming from past and/or current research/activities.
  • Knowledge of the specificities of international organisations, and science and technology driven organisations like ESA.
  • Knowledge of ESA’s institutional framework and its position and status as an internatio


You should have good interpersonal and communication skills and should be able to work in a multi-cultural environment, both independently and as part of a team.

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.

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

Other information

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


For further information on the Young Graduate Programme please visit: Young Graduate Programme and FAQ Young Graduate Programme


At the Agency we value diversity and we welcome people with disabilities. Whenever possible, we seek to accommodate individuals with disabilities by providing the necessary support at the workplace. The Human Resources Department can also provide assistance during the recruitment process. If you would like to discuss this further please contact us 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 Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia and Slovenia, as  Associate Member States, or Canada as a Cooperating State, can apply as well as those from Bulgaria and Cyprus as European Cooperating States (ECS).

According to the ESA Convention, the recruitment of staff must take into account an adequate distribution of posts among nationals of the ESA Member States*. When short-listing for an interview, priority will first be given to candidates from under-represented or balanced 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 conducted by an external background screening service. 

*Member States, Associate Members or Cooperating States.

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