Young Graduate Trainee in the ESA Director General’s Cabinet




ESA Headquarters, Paris, France


Our team and mission

The DG Support and Member States Relations Section within the Director General’s Cabinet is responsible for providing all necessary support to the day-to-day work of the ESA Director General, in particular:

  • Maintaining relations with ESA Member States, including pre-Council consultations, as well as meetings and visits of the Director General. This responsibility includes maintaining briefing notes and up-to-date dossiers on each Member State and ensuring ESA-wide coordinated preparation
  • Preparing the Director General’s internal meetings, providing in particular the secretariat of the Executive Board and organising bilateral meetings with Directorates
  • Preparing the Director General’s correspondence, speeches, presentations, reporting and contributions to publications
  • Supporting the Director General’s operational activities in coordination with the Director General’s Office
  • Protocol service, in particular maintaining a diplomatic network and managing the VIP participation to launch events with the support of the communication services
  • Monitoring subsidies granted to third parties and memberships

You are encouraged to visit the ESA website:

Field(s) of activity/research for the traineeship

You will be integrated into the Section according to your educational background and experience, as well as the priorities of the Section at the time of the training opportunity. Your tasks will be streamlined along the following axes:

  • Continuous monitoring of space activities and trends, political developments, and policy-related topics of selected ESA Member States
  • Editing and distribution of the Member States observatory and associated products on a weekly basis, in collaboration with the team’s interns
  • Contributing to the preparation of background input and presentation material for engagements of the Director General
  • Maintenance of up-to-date information on all Member States in a one-page format
  • Supporting the preparation of the annual ESA Member States Overview
  • Supporting ad-hoc studies and policy analysis in support of the Office’s activities
  • Maintenance of the DG-OSD intranet pages

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 social science, international relations, policy, legal or associated discipline.

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.

You should also have:

•    Good knowledge of the space sector players and policies, both at international and national level, including at EU level, together with basic understanding of space activities as seen from a user point of view.
•    Experience in data collection and analysis, being resourceful in identifying sources and pro-active in proposing new approaches. Experience in drafting policy papers will be considered an important asset.
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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