Traineeship programmes

At SatCen we believe that students and fresh university graduates add important value to our work. We offer paid traineeships and internships to talented, highly qualified professionals at the start of their careers, in a field of their choice. This is an opportunity for our trainees and interns to gather work experience in a distinctly multinational and intellectually stimulating environment while contributing to the SatCen's mission in the field of Common Foreign and Security Policy (CFSP), and in particular in Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP).

 

Traineeships

What do we offer?

Traineeship opportunities are published on our vacancies page in a corresponding Vacancy Notice.

Traineeships are offered for an initial period of 6 months, with the possibility of extension for a maximum further 6 months.

Traineeships encompass full-time work at SatCen, (40 hours a week) and trainees receive a monthly stipend of €1,000 plus travel contribution upon joining and leaving the SatCen (when applicable).

Trainees are assigned a mentor who is responsible for establishing their individual learning goals, supervising their work and monitoring their progress on a regular basis, as well as providing them guidance on career and development. Trainees have the opportunities to learn about SatCen’s mission and activities, attend workshops, participate in meetings and access to other competency development opportunities.

 

What do we expect from trainees?

  • An open-minded approach to working in a multicultural environment
  • An interest in learning about SatCen’s working methods
  • To contribute to SatCen’s daily work with a fresh perspective
  • A proactive attitude

 

Who can apply?

Candidates must be nationals of the Member States of the European Union.

Before applying, please carefully consult the information published in the Vacancy Notice to check whether you meet all the eligibility criteria.

We strive to select the most suitable talents who can convince us of their very good academic track record and/or proven extra-curricular achievements.

Candidates must have a very good knowledge of at least two EU languages, of which one should be English, the working language of the SatCen.

We are an equal opportunities employer and strongly encourage applications from all candidates who fulfil the criteria. To further enhance the diversity in our teams, we particularly encourage female candidates to apply.

 

How to apply?

Traineeship opportunities are published on our Vacancies page. Candidates should submit their applications via the SatCen e-recruitment platform as described in the Vacancy Notice.

 

What happens after?

We will assess all applications to see how well the candidates meet the listed requirements. Candidates that best match the profile will be invited for a short remote interview with a hiring manager. They may also be asked to complete a written test. Successful candidates will be informed and they will receive a traineeship agreement to sign.

 

Internships

Internship opportunities are offered to undergraduate university students. The objectives of the student internship are:

  • To provide undergraduate students with an understanding of the mission and activities of SatCen
  •  To enable undergraduate students to acquire practical experience and knowledge of the day-to-day work of SatCen Divisions and Units
  •  To enable undergraduate students to put into practice the knowledge acquired during their studies, or professional experience

 

What do we offer?

The student internship lasts a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 3 months. This period may be extended in accordance with the university requirements. In addition, SatCen may decide on additional student intake for special projects.

The student internships encompass full-time work at SatCen, (40 hours a week) and students receive a monthly maintenance grant of €600 plus travel contribution upon joining and leaving the SatCen (when applicable).

 

Who can apply?

Undergraduate students must be nationals of the Member States of the European Union.

Candidates must be enrolled in a university study program and attending their final year of study at the time of application. An agreement will be drawn up with the student’s university for the internship to serve as an integral part of the student’s training.

Candidates must have a very good knowledge of at least two EU languages, of which one should be English, the working language of the SatCen.

SatCen wishes to offer to as many people as possible the opportunity of training. Therefore, applications will not be accepted from candidates who, for more than six weeks, have already benefited or benefit from any kind of training within an EU institution, body, agency or office or who have had or have any kind of employment within an EU institution, body, agency or office.

 

How to apply?

Candidates should send their CVs and motivation letters to the following email address: SatCeninternship@satcen.europa.eu, indicating in which Division they would like to do the internship.

 

What happens after?

We will assess all applications and candidates will be invited for a short remote interview with a hiring manager. Successful candidates will be informed and they will receive an internship agreement to sign.


 

For more details on the internships please see the following document: SatCen Internship Guidelines

 

In case of any further questions, please send an email to recruitment@satcen.europa.eu.