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Apply now for the 2021 YGT opportunities!

Written by  Sunday, 31 January 2021 14:55
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The 2021 ESA YGT opportunities are now open for applications until 1 March.  Positions are available in engineering, science, IT and business services. Find out more and apply now.  

Who can apply?

To be eligible for the YGT programme, you must be:

ESA is an equal opportunity employer, committed to achieving diversity within the workforce and creating an inclusive working environment. For this purpose, we welcome applications from all qualified candidates irrespective of gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, beliefs, age, disability or other characteristics.
If you experience technical issues or have a disability and need special assistance, please contact us at .

Recruitment process


March and May: pre-selection and interview of shortlisted candidates
June: final selection
September or October: start working at ESA, following mutual agreement on the actual starting date

Recruiting during COVID-19

The health and wellbeing of our colleagues is our utmost priority. ESA has taken a range of precautionary measures in order to minimise the spread of the virus while also ensuring business continuity within the organisation. Visit our page recruitment process during COVID-19 for up-to-date information.

What we offer

Inspiring space missions and a unique experience

As an ESA YGT, you will gain valuable on-the-job experience in the development and operation of space missions in a multi-cultural and friendly environment. This can be a launch pad to many exciting opportunities within Europe’s space sector.

Salary and benefits

Young Graduate Trainees benefit from

  • a one-year contract (with possible extension for a second year) with 2.5 days paid leave per month.
  • A salary of €2300 - €2700 per month (depending on location of the ESA establishment) exempt from national income tax in ESA Member States, as well as excellent employment conditions.
  • Travel expenses reimbursed at the beginning and end of the contract.
  • Expatriation allowance and/or installation allowance on arrival if you move from another country. Excess luggage costs are also reimbursed.
  • Comprehensive health cover under ESA’s social security scheme. Please note that the traineeship period is not considered as service conferring entitlement to pension benefits under ESA’s pension schemes.

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