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Choosing to be a Trainee at the European Parliament


It has been a dream of mine - ever since I started my Bachelor’s Degree in European Studies at the University of Malta - forming part of an EU institution.  I didn’t think twice about applying when I got to know about the European Parliament Traineeship Programme through social media - I just did it immediately.  I thought if chosen, this would be such a rare opportunity, a stepping stone towards my career goals.  

Maria Kenely, Trainee, EPIO Malta
Maria Kenely, Trainee, EPIO Malta

It is always hard for graduates, fresh off their studies, to immediately land a job which fits perfectly within the lines of their ideals.  I was no exception, and had to wait several months after I finished my Masters programme in Human Rights Law in Scotland and returned back to Malta, to find that good opportunity in the field I wanted to work in.


I consider this 5-month Traineeship with the European Parliament Office in Malta, as a chance for me to gain hands-on experience which will surely help me become more familiar with the EP system.  Furthermore, I will have the opportunity to meet with Malta’s MEPs, as well as visiting a Plenary session in Strasbourg.  Here, I will encounter first-hand how the system works and the MEPs’ approach when it comes to decision-making and voting during the plenary sessions.  


Without a doubt, I am certain that the skills I am going to learn along the way thanks to this Traineeship, will help me in having an all-rounded understanding of what it really means to form part of the European Parliament’s diverse team.  


I looked forward to it and now that I’ve started it, I’m enjoying it!

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