Here is what Swiss Trainees say about the programme:
Luc at ESTEC, Netherlands (NTP 2015):
"The National Trainee Programme at ESA is a priceless opportunity for young graduates in science or engineering. As a trainee at ESTEC in the Netherlands, I am fully involved in exciting projects with the support of experts in varied domains, and using world-class laboratory equipment. The position offers wide-ranging activities with great flexibility, allowing me to develop new skills according to my wishes. It is also the chance to meet many people from all over Europe, to understand the operation of the agency, and to learn how to do business with ESA."
Andreas at ESRIN, Italy (NTP 2015):
"Thanks to the SSC and the Swiss National Trainee Programme I got the opportunity to work abroad in a city where others spend their holiday. Working for ESA is an unforgettable, very valuable experience where you have the chance to work on unique space-related projects with people of different national, cultural and educational background. In my case I can work in the field of Disaster Risk Management and implement tools and technics to detect landslides in the newly developed Geohazards Exploitation Platform. Through this I also have an insight view of project management processes and how the relationship with the industry works. This internship offers me also the opportunity to get in touch with different national and international organizations, universities and companies and can open new career paths for the time after."
Stefan at ESOC, Germany (NTP 2014):
"The NTP not only gave me the chance to gain insight into one of the major organizations within the space community, it also enabled me to go abroad and apply my analytical and technical skills in an exciting and international environment. I can only recommend the programme to each Swiss engineer or physicist with an interest in space applications and science. On that point, I would like to thank the SSC for providing these invaluable opportunities."