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What are traineeships?
Traineeships (or internships) are available in a wide range of fields and offer a great insight into the work of the EU. The content of the job largely depends on the service you are assigned to. Opportunities are available in the fields of competition law, human resources, environmental policy, communication and many more. Most traineeships last around 5 months, but this can vary, depending on which institution/ agency you work for.
What would I be doing?
Trainees ('stagiaires') are given the same sorts of tasks as newly-recruited graduates. In practice, that can mean organising working groups and meetings, compiling information and documentation, preparing reports and answering queries, as well as participating in unit meetings and other events. There will also be tasks more specific to the particular department – lawyers in the Commission will be doing quite different things to economists at the Court of Auditors or generalists in the Parliament.
Who can apply?
Graduates of any discipline can apply, so long as their degree has already been awarded (a transcript can normally be provided if the certificate has not yet been awarded). Unlike permanent positions, EU citizenship is not mandatory (a small number of places are reserved for non-EU citizens), but generally knowledge of two EU languages will be required. Work experience and postgraduate education is a plus, but not usually a necessity.
Do I get paid?
The majority of traineeships are paid, usually in the region of 1000€/month.
Where will I work?
Like the majority of EU jobs, most traineeships are based in Brussels or Luxembourg.
How do I apply?
Selection procedures for traineeships are run by the individual EU institutions and agencies. Check our Quick Guide to EU Traineeships for more information. Applications are usually online, but paper copies of the application form are sometimes required. In general, applications are accepted about four to nine months before the beginning of the traineeship and applications should be submitted in good time.