Traineeship in Communications

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The European GNSS Agency (GSA) announces a traineeship opportunity for European students and recent graduates. The GSA is responsible for the operations and service provision of the European Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) EGNOS and Galileo. The GSA’s core mission is to ensure that European citizens get the most out of Europe’s satellite navigation programmes. More information about the agency is available here.

The GSA Communications team is responsible for the information provision and dissemination, promotional activities, and outreach initiatives of the GSA. Among other things, the GSA’s communication activities focus on the development and implementation of communication strategies and initiatives that support the objectives of:

  • GSA Corporate Communications: communicating information regarding the Agency in general and, specifically, its image, responsibilities, facilities, milestones and staff
  • European GNSS service, applications and R&D promotion: promoting GNSS R&D activities, achievements and other service and application related communications, in cooperation with the European Commission and in support of the GSA Market Development, Security and Galileo and EGNOS Services (Service Provision and Operations) Departments
  • Internal Communication: communicating and establishing a consistent dialogue with GSA staff regarding the Agency, its actions, staff and milestones, as well as other relevant team building and knowledge-enhancement related actions, in conjunction with the GSA Human Resources Department Stakeholder’s Communication: communicating, providing relevant information and promoting relationship-building with relevant external stakeholders


The trainee shall support the daily operations of the Communications team and will be expected to carry out, under supervision, the following duties:

  • Contribute to the GSA internal and external communication materials especially the internal newsletter
  • In-house desk-top publishing and graphic design
  • Support the Agency’s presence in key social media channels
  • Update the GSA presentation database
  • Regular website update
  • Support in the creation of engaging content and audio-visual material
  • Creation and implementation of e-surveys
  • Support the creation of targeted sector press/media lists
  • Support in the management and development of the editorial calendar
  • Support the organisation of events


The traineeship is open to applicants who have not previously undertaken a traineeship at the GSA and who meet the following requirements:

  • Nationality of any Member State of the European Union or Norway
  • Possess or pursue a recognised higher education degree (university education or equivalent), evidencing completion of a full cycle of study, or in the case of candidates who are at the end of their studies, an official attestation from their university or school stating the marks obtained
  • Have an initial experience or specific expertise in one of the areas of work of the Agency obtained either through specialisation as part of the applicant’s studies for a university degree, a dissertation or other research project conducted as part of their studies or through professional experience or a previous traineeship or otherwise
  • Possess a thorough knowledge of one official language of the European Union and a satisfactory knowledge of another language of the European Union; one of these languages must be the working language of the Agency (English)
  • A clean criminal record


The applications will be assessed against the following criteria:

  • Experience of work or study in the area of Communications
  • Knowledge of Adobe Creative Suite or other graphic design tools
  • Knowledge of HTML and /or content management systems (CMS)
  • Good knowledge of Microsoft Suite of applications including Word, Excel, PowerPoint
  • Knowledge of web-marketing strategies and professional use of social media platforms
  • Knowledge of the workings of the EU institutions
  • Flexibility, creativity and team approach


The eligibility of the applications will be assessed by the Human Resources Department.

The eligible applications received will be evaluated on a regular basis.

The Head of the recruiting entity will nominate the evaluators to carry out the selection of the most suitable candidates. The evaluators will assess the eligible applications and select those best matching the selection criteria required for the available traineeship.

The best suitable candidates may be invited for a phone/video interview which may include other appropriate testing.

Engagement for a traineeship will be decided by the Agency’s Executive Director on the basis of a list of suitable candidates proposed by the evaluators. The established list may be used for other similar traineeships depending on the Agency’s needs.

The starting date of the traineeship depends on the Agency’s needs and budget availability.

All applicants will be informed about the outcome of their application once the deadline for applying to the traineeship has expired.

If an application is unsuccessful, candidates may re-apply to future vacancies for which they satisfy the criteria.

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