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Young Graduate Trainee in US and Canadian Space Policy

Washington D.C.

  • Organization: ESA - European Space Agency
  • Location: Washington D.C.
  • Grade: Level not specified - Level not specified
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Political Affairs
    • Legal - Broad
    • Outer space and satellite technology
  • Closing Date: Closed


Young Graduate Trainee in US and Canadian Space Policy

Job Req ID:  17294
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.



EWO, Washington DC, USA


Our team and mission

ESA’s Washington Office (EWO) monitors, analyses and reports on developments in the space sector 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 the Agency’s programmes and activities. It is subordinate to the European and External Relations Department in the Directorate of European, Legal and International Matters and supports all ESA directorates. The Office operates with one ESA staff member and one local employee.


You are encouraged to visit the ESA website:

Field(s) of activity/research for the traineeship

Under the direct authority of the Head of the ESA Washington Office, as a Young Graduate Trainee, you will contribute to:


  1. supporting the search for, collection and analysis of information regarding US and Canadian space-related policy and programmatic developments. As part of that task, you will attend and analyse relevant events primarily in the Washington DC area as instructed (e.g. conferences, hearings, meetings, etc.) and prepare related notes and reports in view of the Office’s reporting task.
  2. the daily operation of the Office, as well as any other relevant ad hoc tasks.
  3. the preparation of Agency events in the US and Canada.
  4. work on a dedicated study/project (to be defined) relevant to the tasks of the Office.

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 a technical or scientific discipline, political science, economic or legal background.

Additional requirements

Knowledge of the space domain and the US political system is desirable.

You should have good interpersonal and communication skills and should be able to work in a multicultural 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. For this specific position, an excellent proficiency in English is a pre-requisite.

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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