Young Graduate Trainee in Socio-Economic Impact of Space Analysis




ESA Headquarters, Paris, France


Our team and mission

The Industrial Policy and Space Economy Division is responsible for:

  • establishing and maintaining a close relation with the Member States regarding industrial policy
  • pursuing the pro-active management of the geographical return objectives of the Agency through its procurement activities, and monitoring/ensuring its proper implementation
  • contributing to the definition of the geographical return objectives for all ESA programmes and activities
  • interacting with non-Member States and European institutions for aspects relevant to industrial policy
  • assessing the economic impact of space activities notably through socio-economic studies in collaboration with national and international organisations, in particular the OECD
  • contributing to the preparation of new programmes of the Agency via assessments of their expected economic benefits with a view to maximising them.


You are encouraged to visit the ESA Space Economy website:  and the ESA website:

Field(s) of activity/research for the traineeship

As a Young Graduate Trainee, your proposed activities will include:

  • Supporting the analysis of the socio-economic impact of space activities and the socio-economic studies
  • Supporting studies on various topics related to space economy
  • Supporting the preparation of ESA Space Economy Report
  • Supporting the organisation of space economy events
  • Supporting the communication on ESA Space Economy activities
  • Supporting the coordination with the activities of the European Centre for Space Economy and Commerce (ECSECO) – Please visit the ECSECO website: 

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 economics.

Additional requirements

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.

During the interview 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.


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 [email protected].


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, Croatia 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 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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