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 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:
Applicants for a traineeship for university graduates must:
These traineeships are awarded for a period of five months which cannot be extended.
Traineeship dates and deadlines for receipt of applications:
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.
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).
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.
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