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 2022.
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
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!
More information: Young Graduate Traineeship FAQ
Source: European Space Agency