NATO Young Professionals Programme

The new NATO-wide Young Professionals Programme (YPP) aims to attract and develop highly talented professionals, who are interested in accelerating their career through entry-level positions at NATO. Successful candidates will have the possibility to work in various areas in different NATO bodies and experience a range of activities across the Alliance.

The YPP will take in participants every year for a period of three years. Throughout the Programme each Young Professional will be assigned to three different NATO bodies, spending one year in each. This will give them a broad understanding of NATO and opportunities to develop many competences, while working on particular functions from the perspectives of the NATO bodies concerned.

The call for applications is open from 29 April until 31 May (midnight, CET).

Upon receipt of a NATO security clearance, successful candidates will start the Programme in early 2021.



NATO is looking for highly qualified young professionals, who:

  • are keen to learn and grow in a professional and personal context;
  • are excellent team players and enjoy working in a multicultural environment;
  • have excellent communication, facilitation and interpersonal skills;
  • are enthusiastic about bringing a diverse and innovative set of skills, knowledge and competencies to NATO;
  • are ready to discover up to three countries in the next three years;
  • are committed to NATO’s mission of safeguarding freedom and security.

The NATO-wide Young Professionals Programme has two main objectives:

  1. to develop a diverse cadre of highly qualified professionals with broad NATO experience;
  2. to enable greater organisational coordination and coherence in the delivery of key political objectives of the Alliance.

Launched once a year, the Young Professionals Programme is open to applicants, who fulfill the following eligibility criteria:

  • over 21 years of age;
  • a national of a NATO Member State;
  • at least one year of demonstrated professional experience, including full-time employment, temporary assignments and internships;
  • a Master’s degree or equivalent from an institution of recognised standing;
  • advanced language skills in at least one of the two official NATO languages (English/French).

Specific requirements might apply depending on the vacancy advertisement.


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