Traineeships for graduates, linguists and students

The European institutions offer a wide variety of traineeships for students and graduates. These provide unique, first-hand insights into the workings of the institutions and the general activities of the EU. Opportunities of varying length are available in many different locations.

Traineeships by institution

Committee of the Regions

University graduates

Who can apply: candidates from an EU member country or from a country which is an official candidate for accession, who have completed at least the first cycle of a higher education course and obtained a full degree
Duration: 5 months
Where: Brussels

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Council of the European Union

University graduates

Who can apply: EU nationals who have completed at least the first cycle of university studies and obtained a full degree
Duration: 5 months
Where: Brussels

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Court of Justice of the European Union

University graduates with a degree in law or political sciences

Who can apply: graduates with a degree in law or in political sciences (focus on law)
Duration: 5 months
Where: Luxembourg

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European Central Bank

University graduates in economics, finance, statistics, business administration, law, human resources or translation

Who can apply: EU nationals who have completed at least the first cycle of university studies and obtained a full degree
Duration: 3-12 months
Where: Frankfurt am Main

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European Commission

University graduates

Who can apply: candidates who have obtained a university degree completing at least three years of university studies (minimum Bachelor)
Duration: 5 months
Where: Brussels, Luxembourg, Member States capitals, Commission Delegations in non Member States

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University graduates (Bachelor, Master’s or PhD level)

Who can apply: individuals with a Bachelor, Master's or PhD degree within 5 years after the previous university degree
Duration: 3-5 months
Where: Ispra (Italy), Karlsruhe (Germany), Geel (Belgium), Petten (The Netherlands) or Sevilla (Spain)

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European Court of Auditors

University-Level diploma or at least four semesters of university study in a area of interest to the Court

Who can apply: students who either hold a recognised university-level diploma or who have completed at least four semesters of university study in an area of interest to the Court (Audit / Budget, Accounting / Administration, human resources / Translation / Communication, international relations / Legal)
Duration: maximum 5 months
Where: Luxembourg

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European Economic and Social Committee

University graduates

Who can apply: university graduates who have completed at least three years of studies
Duration: 5 months
Where: Brussels

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Who can apply: university graduates who have completed at least three years of studies or university students who have to undertake a traineeship as part of their studies
Duration: 1-3 months
Where: Brussels

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European External Action Service

University postgraduates (Master's or PhD level)

Who can apply: candidates who have obtained a university degree equivalent to a Master's degree or higher in a domain relevant to the activities of the EU Delegations (at least four years of university)
Duration: 9-18 months
Where: EU Delegations

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European Investment Bank

University graduates

Who can apply: university graduates with less than one year of professional experience
Duration: 1-5 months
Where: mostly Luxembourg

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European Ombudsman

University law graduates

Who can apply: university law graduates who are at an advanced stage of professional training or research in Community law
Duration: minimum 4 months
Where: Strasbourg, Brussels

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European Parliament

University graduates

Who can apply: university graduates
Duration: 5 months
Where: Brussels, Strasbourg, Luxembourg, information offices in Member States

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University graduates with disabilities

Who can apply: university graduates and people whose qualifications are below university level with disabilities
Duration: 5 months
Where: mostly Brussels and Luxembourg

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Court of Justice of the European Union

Newly qualified conference interpreters

Who can apply: newly qualified conference interpreters with a diploma in conference interpreting
Duration: 10-12 weeks
Where: Luxembourg

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European Central Bank

University graduates in economics, finance, statistics, business administration, law, human resources or translation

Who can apply: candidates from an EU member country or from a country which is an official candidate for accession, who have completed at least the first cycle of university studies and obtained a full degree
Duration: 3-12 months
Where: Frankfurt am Main

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European Commission

University students specialising in translation

Who can apply: candidates who have completed the first cycle of university studies and are able to translate into their main language from two EU official languages (one of which must be French, English or German)
Duration: 5 months
Where: Luxembourg, Brussels

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European Court of Auditors

University-Level diploma or at least four semesters of university study in a area of interest to the Court

Who can apply: students who either hold a recognised university-level diploma or who have completed at least four semesters of university study in an area of interest to the Court (Audit / Budget, Accounting / Administration, human resources / Translation / Communication, international relations / Legal)
Duration: maximum 5 months
Where: Luxembourg

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European Parliament

University graduates with knowledge of at least three EU official languages

Who can apply: university graduates who have perfect knowledge of one of the EU official languages or of the official language of a candidate country and thorough knowledge of two other EU official languages
Duration: 3 months (may exceptionally be extended for a maximum period of 3 months)
Where: Luxembourg

Training placements for students with knowledge of at least three EU official languages

Who can apply: students who are required to complete a training placement as part of their course of study and have perfect knowledge of one of the EU official languages or of the official language of a candidate country and thorough knowledge of two other EU official languages
Duration: 1-3 months (may exceptionally be extended for a maximum period of 3 months)
Where: Luxembourg

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Council of the European Union

Third, fourth or fifth year university students

Who can apply: third, fourth or fifth year university students who have to undertake a compulsory training as part of their studies
Duration: 1-5 months
Where: Brussels

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European Central Bank

Students specialising in economics, finance, statistics, business administration, law, human resources or translation

Who can apply: students with at least a Bachelor's degree, including PhD students
Duration: 3-12 months
Where: Frankfurt am Main

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University graduates who have completed a first degree in economics and are aiming to enrol in a Master's/PhD programme in economics

Who can apply: university graduates who have completed a first degree in economics and are aiming to enrol in a Master's/PhD programme in economics at a leading international university
Duration: 3-12 months
Where: Frankfurt am Main

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European Commission (Joint Research Centre)

Undergraduate, Master's or PhD students

Who can apply: students preparing an undergraduate, Master's or PhD
Duration: 3-5 months
Where: Ispra (Italy), Karlsruhe (Germany), Geel (Belgium), Petten (The Netherlands) or Sevilla (Spain)

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European Court of Auditors

University-Level diploma or at least four semesters of university study in an area of interest to the Court

Who can apply: students who either hold a recognised university-level diploma or who have completed at least four semesters of university study in an area of interest to the Court (Audit / Budget, Accounting / Administration, human resources / Translation / Communication, international relations / Legal)
Duration: maximum 5 months
Where: Luxembourg

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European Economic and Social Committee

University graduates or equivalent level

Who can apply: university graduates or university students who have to undertake a compulsory training as part of their studies
Duration: 1-3 months
Where: Brussels

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European Parliament

Students with a secondary school diploma

Who can apply: people who hold a secondary school diploma corresponding to university entrance; priority is given to students who have to undertake a traineeship as part of their studies
Duration: 1-4 months

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Study visits

Who can apply: citizens who want to study subjects related to European integration
Duration: maximum 1 month

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