ESA’s YGT Programme offers young graduates the opportunity to gain valuable on-the-job experience in the development and operation of space missions in an international environment. Deadline for applications: 28 February 2023.
ESA's high-calibre YGT Programme lasts for one year and is a launchpad for many exciting professional opportunities within Europe’s space sector, renowned research institutes or, of course, ESA itself.
Every year in February, ESA publishes around 100 YGT opportunities in science and engineering, information technology, natural and social sciences and business.
Who can apply?
To be eligible for the YGT Programme, you must be:
Please note that basic eligibility pre-screening questions regarding nationality and degree are asked on completion of the ESA online application form.
YGTs are required to have completed their master's degree by the time they start work at ESA. Should you already hold a PhD or be about to complete one, please have a look at ESA's Research Fellowship Programme, which is more in line with your academic background and level of qualification.
What does ESA offer?
More about life at ESA
Find out everything you need to know about life at ESA and work-life balance on our pages.
For more information about ESA sites, check out the ESA establishments.
What is it like to be a YGT at ESA? Watch the 2019 video interviews of ESA Young Graduate Trainees to find out more about our YGT programme and life at ESA.
Throughout the year, additional YGT posts may be published. Be sure not to miss a single chance to launch your career at ESA by signing up to receive job alerts.
Towards the end of the traineeship period, trainees are asked to submit a report on their activities and the accomplishments achieved during the year.
ESA YGT recruitment timeline:
February – March: Publication of YGT opportunities on Careers at ESA
March – May: Pre-selection and interviews of shortlisted candidates
June: Outcome of interviews and final selection made by ESA
September – October: Take up duty for successful candidates
Tip: set up a job alert to be informed as soon applications are open!
Join our live information sessions
We have three online information sessions in which you can learn more about the YGT Programme and submit any questions you may have. These sessions are free and open to all, so save the date and join us!
16 February 12:00 CET
Hosted on Webex
Join current YGTs as they share the work they do on ESA projects, their own personal experience of the application process and the tips and tricks they learned when applying to ESA.
More information: Young Graduate Traineeship FAQ
Check out our Young Graduate Traineeship dedicated FAQ page.
Looking for more learning and hands-on opportunities?
ESA Academy is open to university students from undergraduate to PhD level coming from ESA Member States, Associated Member States and Cooperating States. ESA Academy collaborates with European universities, space institutes and national space agencies to offer exceptional learning and hands-on opportunities in a vast portfolio of programmes. ESA Academy is designed to complement academic education. Its objective is to enhance students’ educational experience and help them develop both practical and theoretical knowledge in various disciplines, ranging from space sciences to engineering, space medicine, spacecraft operations, project and risk management, product and quality assurance, standardisation and much more.
Learn more about ESA Academy.
Find your path at ESA
ESA offers a number of entry-level programmes targeting students (Master or PhD), recent graduates and young professionals, alongside its vacancies for experienced professionals. One of them could be your path to space! Quickly find outwhich programme could be the best fit for you by following the pathways at ESA on our entry-level flowchart.
Source: European Space Agency