EU Traineeships Just Under Your Noses: Where You Can Apply

 

Curious about what a career with the European Union feels like? Then a traineeship at one of the EU institutions and agencies can show you. While going for gold towards that dream EU career maybe what you are aiming for, we can’t deny the fact that it helps to get yourself oriented about the job first. That way, you will get yourself familiarized with the work; all the while getting a first-hand experience even before you have begun and joined the actual competitions.

With the EU traineeships, around 1,200 young university graduates are offered the chance to increase their professional skills, develop their personal qualities, and enhance their EU knowledge between 3 to 5 months. On top of this, they will be given the opportunity to work in the EU environment while getting to experience the daily tasks of EU officials.

Since trainees tend to be fresh university graduates, their tasks will be similar to those of the lower administrator grade officials. However, through the wide range of fields offered, they will be exposed to varying opportunities across multiple fields of competiton law, human resources, environmental policy, communication, and more.

Furthermore, the majority of the EU traineeships are paid, usually in the region of 1000€/month and most are based in Brussels or Luxembourg.

The selection procedures are run by the individual EU institutions and agencies. Therefore, when it comes to the application, you will have to refer to their websites for some specific requirements. You can find a comprehensive list of  different EU Traineeships opportunities available below:

 

European Parliament Traineeships

Schuman Traineeships

Under the European Parliament, this traineeship’s goal is to contribute to EU citizens’ European education and vocational training as well as provide an insight into the work of the European Parliament.

It will last for 5 months with March and October as the starting dates.

Eligibility:

Location(s): Brussels (Belgium), Luxembourg (Luxembourg), Other EU cities, Strasbourg (France)

More information: https://ep-stages.gestmax.eu/website/homepage

 

Council of the European Union Traineeships

Council of the European Union Compulsory Unpaid Traineeships

Trainees accepted here will be given work that is generally equivalent to that of junior administrator officials such as:

They will also be invited to participate in a study programme that includes visits and conferences at other EU institutions in Brussels, Luxembourg and Strasbourg.

The duration for this traineeship lasts between 2 to 5 months with both the starting dates and application period happening in February and September.

Eligibility:

In this case, this traineeship is not paid. However, there will be reimbursement of travel allowance, GSC restaurant reduction card, and health/accident insurance.

Location(s): Brussels (Belgium)

More information: http://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/trainee/

 

Council of the European Union Paid Traineeships

With the unpaid traineeship offered above is its paid counterpart. The tasks are the same as those mentioned. However, this paid traineeship lasts for 5 months with 1.176,84 € paid per month, reimbursement of travel allowance, and a GSC restaurant reduction card.

Furthermore, what sets this apart is that applicants must be EU nationals who, by the deadline for submitting applications, have completed at least the first part of their university studies and have a degree certificate or equivalent.

Location(s): Brussels (Belgium)

More information: http://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/trainee/

 

European Commission Traineeships

Not an EU citizen? No problem. With the European Commission, you can apply to join in their traineeship program. Traineeships offered are available in a wide range of fields, offering great insight into the work of EU. As such, the job details largely depend on the service to which you ae assigned, ranging in the fields such as:

Once accepted, trainees will be given the same sort of tasks with the newly-recruited graduates like:

Moreover, they will be expected to handle tasks particular to their department.

The traineeship lasts for 5 months and is paid 1,176.83 € per month with reimbursement of travel expenses. The starting dates are on March and October.

Eligibility

Location(s):Brussels (Belgium), Grange (Ireland), Luxembourg (Luxembourg)

More information:https://ec.europa.eu/stages/

 

Court of Justice Traineeships

The Court of Justice offers a limited number of paid traineeships (around 1,120 € per month) lasting for five months, generally undertaken in the following:

Eligibility

Starting: March and October

Location(s):Luxembourg (Luxembourg)

More information:https://curia.europa.eu/jcms/jcms/Jo2_7008/en/

 

Court of Justice of the European Union Interpreting Traineeships

In line with what’s said above, traineeships can be undertaken in multiple departments. For the Interpreting traineeships, those newly qualified conference interpreters will be given the opportunity to apply and perfect their interpreting skills, particularly in legal interpreting, with tasks involving:

This traineeship lasts for 10 to 12 weeks.

Eligibility:

Location(s):Luxembourg (Luxembourg)

More information:https://curia.europa.eu/jcms/jcms/Jo2_7008/

 

(ECB) European Central Bank Traineeships

Those willing to take part into ECB will enjoy this traineeship programme, which offers an opportunity to gain insight into ECB’s activities and contribute to its mission. It will also enable you to put into practice the knowledge you acquired during your studies under the backdrop of working for Europe. Some tasks expected of you to perform are as follows:

The duration of this traineeship is three to six months, which can prolonged once up to 12 months, paid around 1,050€ per month.

Eligibility:

Location(s):Frankfurt (Germany)

More information:http://www.ecb.europa.eu/careers/what-we-offer/traineeship/html/index.en.html

 

Court of Auditors Traineeships

European Court of Auditors

The European Court of Auditors organises three traineeship sessions per year in areas of interest to its work. Traineeships last for three, four, or five months and are paid around 1.350€ (depending on the budgetary appropriations available). Starting dates are on February, May, and September.

Eligibility:

Location(s):Luxembourg (Luxembourg)

More information:https://www.eca.europa.eu/en/Pages/traineeshipcomplet.aspx

 

European External Action Service Traineeships

Traineeships under the European External Action Service offer opportunities in EU Delegations around the world. It is considered as an educational project that does not foresee any contractual or employment relationship with the Delegation.

The traineeships last for a maximum of 6 months and is offered as paid or unpaid. Those who opt for the paid traineeship must be young graduates with less than one year of professional experience. On the other hand, unpaid traineeship is awarded to students already residing and studying in the host country.

Eligibility:

Location(s):Non-EU cities

More information:https://eeas.europa.eu/headquarters/headquarters-homepage/39144/traineeship-eu-d…

 

(EESC) European Economic and Social Committee Traineeships

The European Economic and Social Committee’s in-service training offer an opportunity to chosen trainees to learn about the EESC’s roles and activities and to acquire professional experience in a multicultural environment.

The traineeship is offered starting February and September and is paid at around 1,170 € per month for 5 months duration.

Eligibility:

Location(s): Brussels (Belgium)

More information:https://www.eesc.europa.eu/en/work-with-us/traineeships/long-term-traineeships

 

European Economic and Social Committee short-term traineeships

Another traineeship offered by the EESC will be for those who prefer short-term duration, lasting 1 to 3 months. However, unlike the one above, this traineeship is not paid.

Eligibility:

Location(s):Brussels (Belgium)

More information:https://www.eesc.europa.eu/en/work-with-us/traineeships/short-term-traineeships

 

Committee of the Regions Traineeships

If you want to get a glimpse of the work at the Committee of the Regions, then a traineeship with them is for you. You will find yourself at the heart of the dynamics of political assembly all the while familiarizing yourself with CoR’s objectives and work on European integration.

Your work will be equivalent to that of junior executive-grade officials (AD5) with opportunities to work on specific tasks according to the unit assigned to you.

This traineeship is paid around 1,200 € per month, lasting for 5 months. The starting dates are on February and September.

Eligibility:

Location(s):Brussels (Belgium)

More information:https://cor.europa.eu/en/about/Pages/traineeships.aspx

 

Committee of the Regions internships for governmental officials

The CoR offers internships for those government officials who are looking to expand their knowledge on the objectives of European cooperation and integration through the work of the CoR. They will acquire stakeholder knowledge and experience to the policy processes of the CoR, while providing practical knowledge/feedback of the workings of the CoR to the local and regional levels.

The traineeship will last from 1 to 4 months and can be extended to 6 months. There will be no pay while remuneration is provided by the sending institution.

Eligibility:

Location(s):Brussels (Belgium)

More information:https://cor.europa.eu/en/about/Pages/traineeships.aspx

 

Committee of the Regions short-term study visits

Trainees chosen for this traineeship will have study periods at the CoR, allowing them to to complete a concrete project, while providing unique, first-hand experience of the workings of the CoR.

The traineeship will last from 1 to 4 months and can be extended to 6 months. Also, there will be no pay.

Eligibility:

Location(s):Brussels (Belgium)

More information:https://cor.europa.eu/en/about/Pages/traineeships.aspx

 

(EIB) European Investment Bank Traineeships

European Investment Bank

This traineeship are for those who wish to acquire an understanding of the Bank’s work or gain experience in the field of their studies. It is paid and lasts 1 to 5 months, 6 months if requested by Universities.

Eligibility:

Location(s):Luxembourg (Luxembourg)

More information:http://www.eib.org/about/jobs/student-jobs/general-internships.htm

 

European Ombudsman Traineeships

Do you have a keen interest in European Union public administration, particular, in how the EU administration relates to citizens? Then a traineeship with the European Ombudsman is for you. The traineeships are intended to provide practical experience of the work of the European Ombudsman and to build on the knowledge and skills acquired during the trainees’ studies.

The tasks of trainees will include:

Furthermore, trainees will work under the direct supervision of an official or agent of the European Ombudsman, normally a Head of Unit or equivalent.

If interested, the traineeships start in January and September. The duration is a minimum of 4 months, with a possible extension of 8 more months (depending on performance) – for a total of maximum 12 months. It is also paid around 1.300€ per month in Brussels and around 1.500€ per month in Strasbourg.

Eligibility:

Location(s):Brussels (Belgium), Strasbourg (France)

More information:http://www.ombudsman.europa.eu/atyourservice/recruitment.faces

 

European Data Protection Supervisor Traineeships

Traineeships with the European Data Protection Supervisor allow trainees to acquire practical experience of the EDPS’ day-to-day activities as well as in data protection.

The starting dates are on March and October, with the traineeship lasting for 5 months and paid around 950€ per month.

Eligibility:

Location(s):Brussels (Belgium)

More information:https://edps.europa.eu/about-edps/recruitment_en#traineeship

 

(FRONTEX) European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders

Put into practice your educational and even professional backgrounds as you contribute top the work of FRONTEX in line with their expertise and interests.

Frontex’s traineeship programme provides an opportunity to gain practical working experience of cooperation in the field of external borders of the European Union, to acquire knowledge of the European Union, its institutions and activities and to put into practice knowledge acquired during studies or at work.

The programme lasts 3 to 12 months and is paid around €720 per month.

Eligibility:

Location(s):Warsaw (Poland)

More information:https://frontex.europa.eu/about-frontex/careers/traineeships/

 

(EASA) European Aviation Safety Agency Traineeships

EASA Graduate Traineeship Programme (GTP)

EASA offers opportunities in all areas of the organization aim to give an understanding of the Agency and its role within the activities of the European Union. The traineeship programme will last for 12 months and is paid.

Eligibility:

Location(s):Cologne (Germany)

More information:https://www.easa.europa.eu/the-agency/careers-working-for-us/traineeships-and-st…

 

(ECDC) European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control Traineeships

Those interested to learn about the Centre and its role within the activities of the European Union will take on this opportunity as you will also be provided an opportunity to acquire practical knowledge and professional experience.

The traineeship will last 3 to 9 months and is paid around 1,505€ per month.

Eligibility:

Location(s):Stockholm (Sweden)

More information:https://ecdc.europa.eu/en/about-us/work-us/traineeships

 

(CEDEFOP) European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training Traineeships

With this traineeship you will be given a unique and first-hand experience of the workings of CEDEFOP and of the EU institutions in general. You will also be provided an understanding of the objectives and goals of the EU integration processes and policies.

You will be paid €919.4 per month if from abroad or if residing in Greece who need to move to Thessaloniki for the duration of the traineeship. On the other hand, trainees already residing in Thessaloniki will be paid €689.5 per month. The starting date is on October.

Eligibility:

Location(s):Thessaloniki (Greece)

More information:http://www.cedefop.europa.eu/en/about-cedefop/recruitment/traineeships

 

(ECHA) European Chemicals Agency Traineeships

The ECHA gives up to 20 traineeship opportunities per year for those in the following scientific fields:

As well as in administrative duties such as:

The traineeships will last 3 to 6 months and is paid around 1,300€ per month. Starting dates are on March and September.

Eligibility:

Location(s):Helsinki (Finland)

More information:https://echa.europa.eu/about-us/jobs/traineeships

 

(EFSA) European Food Safety Authority Traineeships

Like some traineeship opportunities above, EFSA provides paid and unpaid traineeships to those who are at the start of their careers in their chosen field. The duration is 5 to 12 months.

Eligibility:

Location(s):Parma (Italy)

More information:http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/careers/youngprofessionals

 

(EUROFOUND) European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions Traineeships

Gain a unique and first-hand experience of the workings of EUROFOUND through their traineeship programme as you acquire practical experience and knowledge of their day to day work within the wider European and Institutional context.

This traineeship is paid around €1,410 and lasts 6 months up to 12 months.

Eligibility:

Location(s):Dublin (Ireland)

More information:https://www.eurofound.europa.eu/about-eurofound/vacancies/information-on-trainee…

 

(EIGE) European Institute for Gender Equality Traineeships

Want to expand your knowledge and experience on the areas of gender? The EIGE offers traineeships that will:

This traineeship will last up to 6 months and is paid around 750 € per month.

Eligibility:

Location(s):Vilnius (Lithuania)

More information:http://eige.europa.eu/about-eige/recruitment

 

(F4E) European Joint Undertaking for ITER and the Development of Fusion Energy Traineeships

F4E´s traineeships programme aims to:

The duration of the traineeship is 4 to 9 months, paid around 1.000€ per month with reimbursement of travel expenses. Starting date is October.

Location(s):Barcelona (Spain), Other EU cities

More information:http://fusionforenergy.europa.eu/careers/traineeships.aspx

 

(EMSA) European Maritime Safety Agency Traineeships

The traineeship programme provides in-service training and aims to provide trainees with work experience in the field of:

The duration is 3 to 6 months and is paid, with starting dates on March and September.

Eligibility:

Location(s):Lisbon (Portugal)

More information:http://www.emsa.europa.eu/recruitment-info/trainees.html

 

(EMA) European Medicines Agency Traineeships

The traineeship programme at EMA provides trainees insight into EMA and its role within the EU and the European medicines regulatory network and provides valuable professional experience.

This traineeship lasts 6 to 18 months and is paid around £1,550 per month. Starting dates are on April and October.

Eligibility:

Location(s):London (United Kingdom)

More information: http://www.ema.europa.eu/ema/index.jsp?curl=pages/about_us/general/general_conte…

 

(EMCDDA) European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction Traineeships

Traineeships within the EMCDDA aim to provide trainees with practical knowledge of the workings of a European agency. It lasts from 3 to 8 months and is paid depending on the budget.

Eligibility:

Location(s):Lisbon (Portugal)

More information:http://www.emcdda.europa.eu/about/jobs

 

(ENISA) European Union Agency for Network and Information Security Traineeships

Work and have a first-hand experience with ENISA through their traineeship opportunity given to those who want to contribute their ideas to the institution.

You can do so from 3 to 12 months, all the while getting paid 1,000€ per month.

Eligibility:

Location(s):Heraklion (Greece)

More information:https://www.enisa.europa.eu/recruitment/working-for-enisa/traineeship

 

(ERA) European Railway Agency Traineeships

Help achieve ERA’s goals as they play an important role in the development of the Single European Railway Area (SERA). You will be given an opportunity to participate in real projects related to your specific background, along with the best professionals and within a welcoming and stimulating work environment.

The duration of the traineeship is 3 to 5 months, paid around 1,200€ per month. Starting dates are on March and October.

Eligibility:

Location(s):Valenciennes (France)

More information:http://www.era.europa.eu/The-Agency/Jobs/Pages/Traineeship.aspx

 

(ETF) European Training Foundation Traineeships

Get work experience at ETF as you participate in the administration of co-operation in the field of education and training, to gain an insight of the ETF’ objectives and activities and toyou’re your learning into practice.

This is a paid traineeship that lasts 3 to 6 months.

Eligibility:

Location(s):Turin (Italy)

More information:http://www.etf.europa.eu/web.nsf/pages/Traineeship_at_the_ETF

 

(FRA) European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights Traineeships

Contribute to the Agency’s mission in helping to make fundamental rights a reality for everyone in the EU through their traineeship programme.

This is a paid traineeship that lasts for 9 months. Starting date is October.

Eligibility:

Location(s):Vienna (Austria)

More information:http://fra.europa.eu/en/about-fra/recruitment/traineeship

 

(Europol) European Union Agency for Law Enforcement Cooperation

Every year Europol offers a number of internships that provide individuals with the opportunity to learn more about the agency’s activities and put their learning and skills into practice by contributing to Europol’s mission.

Be part of a multicultural team as you take on their traineeship programme which lasts 3 to 6 months and is paid around 790 € per month.

Eligibility:

Location(s):The Hague (The Netherlands)

More information:https://www.europol.europa.eu/careers-procurement/internships

 

(EUIPO) European Union Intellectual Property Office Traineeships

EUIPO – Junior IP Employees

This traineeship offers opportunity to those interested technical training in specific areas of IP administration, with particular regard to trademarks and designs. They offer the opportunity to:

Trainees also work in other specific areas of expertise such as human resources, communications or information technology. This paid opportunity lasts for 5 months.

Eligibility:

Location(s):Alicante (Spain)

More information:https://euipo.europa.eu/ohimportal/en/traineeships

 

EUIPO – Pan-European Seal Programme

Another traineeship opportunity given by EUIPO are for those young university graduates who want a unique first-hand experience of the European Union in general and the Office in particular. Furthermore, this traineeship helps participants understand the objectives and procedures relating to the European Union trade mark and Community design system, as well as to IP infringement and enforcement matters.

This paid opportunity will last for 12 months.

Eligibility:

Location(s):Alicante (Spain)

More information:https://euipo.europa.eu/ohimportal/en/traineeships

 

EUIPO – Unpaid Traineeships

Unlike those EUIPO Traineeships above, this particular opportunity is given without pay, intended for university graduates who, in the course of their studies or in some other manner, have already gained some initial experience in the areas of work of the Office. The duration is 2 to 6 months.

Eligibility:

Location(s):Alicante (Spain)

More information:https://euipo.europa.eu/ohimportal/en/traineeships

 

EUIPO – Young Professionals

This final traineeship opportunity given by EUIPO is intended to provide young professionals with practical experience of the European Union in general and the EUIPO.

This is a paid traineeship that lasts for 12 months and 2 weeks. Starting dates are on September and October.

Eligibility:

Location(s):Alicante (Spain)

More information:https://euipo.europa.eu/ohimportal/en/traineeships

 

(SatCen) European Union Satellite Centre Traineeships

With a traineeship at SatCen, acquire practical experience and knowledge of the day-to-day SatCen work while performing specific tasks and receiving input from recent graduates bringing up-to-date academic knowledge.

This traineeship lasts 2 to 6 months (may be extended up to 12 months), paid around 1,000€ per month.

Eligibility:

Location(s):Torrejon de Ardoz (Spain)

More information:https://www.satcen.europa.eu/recruitment/traineeship_programmes

 

Joint Research Centre Traineeships

The JRC provides an opportunity with a stimulating, multicultural and multi-disciplinary research environment for trainees. They offer two types of traineeship:

The traineeships will last 3 to 5 months and are paid depending on the place of recruitment.

Eligibility:

Location(s): Geel (Belgium), Ispra (Italy), Karlsruhe (Germany), Petten (The Netherlands), Seville (Spain)

More information:https://ec.europa.eu/jrc/en/working-with-us/jobs/temporary-positions/jrc-trainee…

 

(EUROJUST) The European Union’s Judicial Cooperation Unit Traineeships

Throughout the year, EUROJUST offers a number of internships to provide individuals with the opportunity to learn more about the activities of the organisation, and put their learning and skills into practice by contributing to EUROJUST’s mission.

This is not a paid traineeship that lasts 3 to 6 months.

Eligibility:

Location(s):The Hague (The Netherlands)

More information:http://www.eurojust.europa.eu/careers/Pages/Internships.aspx

 

(CDT) Translation Centre for the Bodies of the European Union

The translation centre offers traineeships to those who wish to acquire an understanding of the Centre’s areas of activity and gain personal experience in a multicultural and multilingual environment, with the opportunity to make contacts.

Trainees will work 3 to 6 months and are paid 25% of the basic monthly salary of a temporary member of staff in grade AD5.

Eligibility:

Location(s):Luxembourg (Luxembourg)

More information:https://cdt.europa.eu/en/traineeships