German Trainee Programme

Member States relations and partnerships (GTP-2020-DG-SM)

Starting date

1 February 2020

Duration of contract

up to 24 months

Type of employment


"Cutting-edge research requires excellent minds – particularly more females – at all levels. Launch your mission with us and send in your application now!" Prof. Pascale Ehrenfreund - Chair of the DLR Executive Board

Have you (almost) completed your degree studies? Are you inspired by space exploration and keen to pursue a career in this exciting field? If so, perhaps you should take a closer look at the German Trainee Programme. Organised by DLR, it offers you the chance to work shoulder to shoulder with experts from the 22 member states of ESA – keeping your finger on the pulse of Europe‘s space programmes. Over a period up to 24 months, you will actively contribute to the latest research and/or technology projects. This is complemented by a generous scholarship. What better way to launch your career in international space business? The next GTP commences on 1st February 2020.

This is your opportunity to join the team at ESA HQ - Paris, France
Member States relations and partnerships (GTP-2020-DG-SM)

The Member States Relations and Partnerships Office, within the ESA Strategy Department, ensures the appropriate coordination at corporate level of the information on Agency’s policies and actions towards Member States, including regular exchange with Delegations to ESA, as well as relations with relevant national and regional bodies, acting as their entry point to the Agency and aiming at optimisation of mutual current and future interests, and is in charge of the identification and coordination of the Agency- transverse initiatives linked to Global Challenges (“Space for Earth”) and of the partnerships with the non- space actors, as well as developing the strategy for development cooperation.

The main missions of the Office include:

  • acting as the entry point for Member States, maintaining a systematic two-way exchange of knowledge and information with the aim of supporting effective relations as well as a thorough understanding of Member States’ priorities and expectations
  • strengthening and enlarging the support to the Member States in order to raise satisfaction of all the Member States with their membership in ESA
  • developing and piloting an enlarged portfolio of activities with Member States and a network of interactions with all their relevant national bodies
  • formulating policies, initiatives and action plans
  • maintaining an observatory on Member States, supporting preparation of decision-making, as well as identifying and elaborating of policy and strategic actions
  • identifying and coordinating Agency-transverse initiatives (serving Earth global challenges)
  • identifying new lines of actions to be pursued and synergies, providing support to respective Directorates
  • identifying external potential users and their needs, routing requests and information to the programmes or networks
  • identifying the need for, and coordinating the preparatory work to build ESA-wide partnerships agreements with non-space actors

Interested candidates are encouraged to visit the ESA website:


Among the tasks listed below, the exact task will be defined according to the education and experience of the selected candidate, as well as the priorities of the Office at the time of the training opportunity:

  • support the assessment of evolution in the space sector and potential/future activities for Member States’ investments in Space
  • support maintaining a strategic observatory on Member States, monitoring in particular their political evolution, economic situation, national space plans and trends in contributions to ESA, as background information supporting preparation of decision making as well as identification and elaboration of policy and strategic initiatives
  • support preparation of files and maintenance of the web pages
  • support performing ad hoc studies and policy analysis in support of the work of the Office
  • identify activities and programmes, both of ESA and main partners, that are relevant to identified major global and regional challenges
  • maintain and enlarge the online catalogue of ESA activities supporting the UN Sustainable Development Goals, proposing improvements to be developed and implemented
  • maintain the Partnerships Catalogue at corporate level & support the elaboration of new partnerships with non-space entities
  • support preparation of files and maintenance of the web pages
  • support performing ad hoc studies and policy analysis in support of the work of the Office

Your qualifications:

  • Applicants should have just completed,(conclusion not older than two years) or be in their final year of a University course at Masters Level (or equivalent) in a technical, scientific, socio- economic, policy or legal discipline. In addition, applicants should demonstrate good interpersonal skills and the capacity to work both independently and as part of a team. During the interview the candidates’ motivation and overall professional perspective/career goals will also be explored.
  • Applicants should have a 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.
  • Applicants should have experience in data collection and analysis, being resourceful in identifying sources and pro- active in proposing new approaches. Publications relevant to space matters and experience in drafting policy papers will be considered an important asset. Some experience in web publishing will be appreciated.
  • German citizenship is absolutely necessary
  • Candidates must be fluent in English, the official languages of the agency.

Your start:

We look forward to your e-mail application in English, citing GTP-2020-DG-SM to

Please visit the German Trainee Programme page for details of our application procedures. Please send your application until September 6, 2019. Your application should consist of a motivation letter and your CV only (CV exclusively in Europass format). Unfortunately we cannot consider further documents. Disabled applicants with equivalent qualifications will be given preferential treatment. If you have any initial questions, please feel free to contact Ms. Larissa Seidlez:

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