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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.
  • To ensure that you apply to those directorates-general that best suit your profile, you should read the descriptions of their activities by clicking on the information button on the last page of the application form or by visiting the website of the European Parliament Secretariat.
  • 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.
  • You may send only one application for one traineeship option. If you submit multiple applications for one option we will keep only the most recent one.
  • 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.
 
 
Training placements

The European Parliament offers young people who have a secondary-school leaving certificate (obtained before the deadline for applications) corresponding to the level required for entry to university, or who have completed a higher or technical course to an equivalent level, the opportunity to undertake training placements.Priority is given to young people who are required to complete a training placement as part of their course of study, provided that they have reached the age of 18 by the first day of the placement.

Training placements are awarded for periods of between one and four months, with the possibility of exceptions.

(1) Non-compulsory training placements

Starting dates and deadlines for receipt of applications for non-compulsory training placements:

  • Application period: 1 August - 1 October
    Start of placement (max. 4 months): 1 January
  • Application period: 1 December - 1 February
    Start of placement (max. 4 months): 1 May
  • Application period: 1 April - 1 June
    Start of placement (max. 4 months): 1 September

(2) Compulsory training placements

Parliament can accept applicants who meet the general conditions of admission and for whom a training placement is a compulsory requirement:

  • as part of a course of study at a university or at an educational establishment of an equivalent standard,
  • in high-level vocational training organised by a non-profit-making body (notably public institutes or bodies),
  • as a prerequisite for access to a profession,

subject to the submission of supporting documentation from the body that grants access to the profession in question.

Starting dates and deadlines for receipt of applications for compulsory training placements:

  • Deadline for receipt of applications: 1 October
    Start of placement: Between 1 January and 30 April
  • Deadline for receipt of applications: 1 February
    Start of placement: Between 1 May and 31 August
  • Deadline for receipt of applications: 1 June
    Start of placement: Between 1 September and 31 December

In order to apply for a training placement you must meet the conditions of admission and must fill in the online application form.

We advise you not to wait until the last day to apply, as a large influx of applications is liable to overload the system.

Please note that if you leave your application form inactive for 30 minutes, the data you have entered will be lost. We therefore advise that, before filling in the form, you read carefully the Internal Rules Governing Traineeships and study visits in the secretariat of the European Parliament and the Frequently asked questions.

To help you direct your application to the directorates-general (DGs) that best suit your profile, you can read a description of all the DGs via the information button on the last page of the application form, or consult the EP secretariat website.

The application cannot be changed online and is completed and submitted in a single operation. When you have filled in your application form online, check it over before you click 'send'.

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 at your e-mail address. The message contains a confirmation number that you should quote in all future correspondence concerning the training placement, as well as an attachment enabling you to access in pdf format the summary of your application, a paper version of which will be requested if we offer you a placement.

 
 
Translation traineeships for university graduates

These traineeships are awarded only to graduates of universities or equivalent institutions. Their purpose is to enable trainees to supplement the knowledge acquired during their studies and to familiarise themselves with the activities of the European Union and,in particular, the European Parliament.

Applicants for a translation traineeship for university graduates must:

  • be nationals of a Member State of the European Union or a candidate country;
  • be aged 18 or over on the traineeship start date;
  • have obtained, before the deadline for submission of applications, a university degree following a course of study of at least three years' duration;
  • have a perfect knowledge of one of the official languages of the European Union or the official language of an candidate country and a thorough knowledge of two other 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 at the expense of the European Union budget.

Translation traineeships for university graduates are awarded for a period of three months. Exceptionally, they may be extended for a maximum period of three months.

Traineeship periods and the corresponding deadlines for applications:

  • Start of traineeship: 1 January
    Application period: 15 June - 15 August (midnight)
  • Start of traineeship: 1 April
    Application period: 15 September -15 November (midnight)
  • Start of traineeship: 1 July
    Application period: 15 December - 15 February (midnight)
  • Start of traineeship: 1 October
    Application period: 15 March - 15 May (midnight)

We advise you not to wait until the last day to apply, as a large number of applications is liable to overload the system.

Translation trainees are assigned to Luxembourg.

By way of indication, in 2015 the scholarship represents EUR 1 213.55 per month.

If you are interested in a translation traineeship for university graduates, please read the Internal Rules Governing Translation Traineeships.

Please note the conditions of admission. If you are preselected, the following will be required as supporting documents:

  • the application form, duly completed and signed,
  • a copy of your passport or identity card,
  • copies of your diplomas and certificates,
  • a copy of your university results, if you have them.

The supporting documents should not be sent at this stage. You will only be asked to supply them if you pass the preselection stage.

If you are preselected for a traineeship, your application will be deemed valid only if you provide the full set of documents listed above.

If you fulfil the conditions for admission, please complete the online application form.

Please note that if you leave your application form inactive for 30 minutes, the data you have entered will be lost. We therefore advise you to read the Internal Rules Governing Translation Traineeships carefully before filling in the application form.

Once submitted, the application cannot be changed online,and it is completed and submitted in a single operation. A sample form is available (see link below) to help you prepare your application before you submit it online.

NB: You should keep a copy of the number allocated to you when you validate your online application.

 
 
Translation training placements

The European Parliament offers the opportunity to undertake translation training placements to applicants who have, before the deadline for applications, obtained a secondary-school leaving certificate corresponding to the level required for entry to university or who have followed a higher or technical course of study to an equivalent level. Such placements are intended in particular for applicants who are required to complete a training placement as part of their course of study, provided they have reached the age of 18 by the first day of the training placement.

Applicants for a translation training placement must :

  • be nationals of a Member State of the European Union or a candidate country ;
  • be aged 18 or over on the traineeship start date
  • have a perfect knowledge of one of the official languages of the European Union or the official language of a candidate country and a thorough knowledge of two other 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 at the expense of the European Union budget.

Translation training placements are awarded for a period of between one and three months. Exceptionally, they may be extended fora maximum period of three months.

Training placement periods and the corresponding deadlines for applications:

  • Start of training placement: 1 January
    Application period: 15 June - 15 August (midnight)
  • Start of training placement: 1 April
    Application period: 15 September -15 November (midnight)
  • Start of training placement: 1 July
    Application period: 15 December - 15 February (midnight)
  • Start of training placement: 1 October
    Application period: 15 March - 15 May (midnight)

We advise you not to wait until the last day to apply, as a large number of applications is liable to overload the system.

Translation training placements are located in Luxembourg.

Trainees following a translation training placement will receive a monthly allowance

By way of indication, in 2015 the allowance amounts to EUR 300 a month

If you are interested in a translation training placement, please read the Internal Rules Governing Translation Traineeships

Please note the conditions of admission. If you are preselected, the following will be required as supporting documents:

  • the application form, duly completed and signed,
  • a copy of your passport or identity card,
  • copies of your diplomas and certificates,
  • and a copy of your university results, if you have them.

The supporting documents should not be sent at this stage. You will only be asked to supply them if you pass the preselection stage.

If you are preselected for a training placement,your application will be deemed valid only if you provide the full set of documents listed above.

If you fulfil the conditions for admission, please complete the online application form.

Please note that if you leave your application form inactive for 30 minutes, the data you have entered will be lost. We therefore advise you to read the Internal Rules Governing Translation Traineeships carefully before filling in the application form.

Once submitted, the application cannot be changed online,and it is completed and submitted in a single operation. A sample form is available (see link below) to help you prepare your application before you submit it online.

NB : You should keep a copy of the number allocated to you when you validate your online application.

 
 
Conference interpreters

The European Parliament's Directorate-General for Interpretation and 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.

 
 
 
 

Protection of personal data

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

 
 
Contacts
 
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
L - 2929 LUXEMBOURG
 
For translation traineeships
European Parliament

Translation Traineeships Office
TOB 02B005
L - 2929 LUXEMBOURG