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Traineeships in the European Parliament


Parliament offers several options for traineeships within its Secretariat, to provide opportunities for vocational training and for learning more about what the European Parliament is and does.

Traineeships for university graduates (called Robert Schuman traineeships)

Traineeships for university graduates are intended to enable trainees to build on the knowledge they acquired during their studies and to familiarise themselves with the activities of the European Union and, in particular, the European Parliament.

Three types of traineeships are available:

  • the general option, open to any candidate who meets the criteria.
  • the journalism option: candidates must provide proof of professional experience, as evidenced either by works published, or by membership of an association of journalists in an EU Member State, or by a qualification in journalism recognised in the EU Member States or in the applicant countries.
  • the Sakharov Prize option: This traineeship programme aims to enhance trainees' knowledge of the European Parliament's human rights work and international human rights standards. It is aimed at candidates with a particular interest in human rights.

Applicants for a traineeship for university graduates must:

  • be nationals of an EU Member State or an applicant country, without prejudice to the provisions of Article 5(2) of the Internal Rules;
  • be aged 18 or over on their traineeship starting date;
  • have a thorough knowledge of one of the official languages of the European Union;
  • not have been awarded any other traineeship or have been in paid employment for more than four consecutive weeks the cost of which was charged to the European Union budget.

These traineeships are awarded for a period of five months which cannot be extended.

Traineeship dates and deadlines for receipt of applications:

  • Application period: 15 August – 15 October (midnight)
    Traineeship period: 1 March – 31 July
  • Application period: 15 March – 15 May (midnight)
    Traineeship period: 1 October – 28/29 February

Every year, 25 000 people apply for a traineeship at Parliament and 600 of them are selected.

To apply for the traineeship you must meet the conditions and complete the online application form.

Before applying

  • We advise you to read carefully the ‘Internal Rules governing traineeships and study visits in the Secretariat of the European Parliament’ and the Frequently Asked Questions before filling in the application form.
  • You have 30 minutes to complete each page of the form. Please note that if you leave your application form inactive for 30 minutes, the data you have entered will be lost.
  • We advise you not to wait until the last day to apply, as a large number of last-minute applications could overload the system.
  • Candidates with a disability must take careful note of the conditions which apply to them.
  • The application cannot be modified online. It must be completed and sent in one step. After filling in your application, please make sure that it is correct and complete before submitting it.
  • Please note that any incomplete applications will automatically be rejected.
  • Once you have confirmed/sent your online application, you will automatically receive a confirmation message sent to your email address. The message contains a confirmation number, which you should quote in all future correspondence concerning the traineeship, and the summary of your application in pdf format, a paper version of which will be requested if we offer you a traineeship.
Conference interpreters

The European Parliament's Directorate-General for Logistics and Interpretation for Conferences does not provide basic training to linguists who want to specialise in conference interpreting, since under the principle of subsidiarity this is the responsibility of the national authorities in the Member States.

If you already hold a qualification in conference interpreting and your language combination is relevant to the institution then you should consider applying for an accreditation test or an open competition (see Interpreting for Europe).

Other possibilities

If you are interested in becoming a conference interpreter, but you are not yet qualified, a number of universities in Europe offer courses leading to a qualification in translation and interpreting. For a list of universities offering full-time courses see the link below.

So if you already have a degree in any subject, but you would still like to train to be a conference interpreter, you may be interested to know that this «European Masters» is offered at a number of higher education institutions.


Please note that from 2019 onwards translation traineeships will be integrated into the Schuman traineeships. Applicants for traineeships in the field of translation should therefore, from now on, consult the link for Schuman traineeships.

Protection of personal data

Your personal data will be processed as outlined in the fact sheets below.

To obtain further information, please contact the appropriate office for the type of traineeship you are interested in, after reading the relevant rules:
For the general/journalism option, training placements
European Parliament

Traineeships Office
GEO 02A018