Do you want to obtain work experience with the European Parliament or other EU institutions? The EU has paid and unpaid traineeships available.
Who is eligible to apply for a traineeship?
Trainees must be over 18 on the traineeship starting date, have a thorough knowledge of one of the working languages of the EU (English,German,French) and be an EU citizen.
Where are Traineeships located?
The vast majority of traineeships are located in Brussels. However, if you want to work in a liaison office, as part of the Directorate of Communication, then there are various locations you can work.
Each member state has a liaison office: in the UK, there is an office in Edinburgh and one in London.
You must be fluent in that member state's language to be eligible (e.g if you were fluent in German, you could apply to the liaison office in Germany).
What types of Traineeships are there?
General traineeship: This traineeship aims to enable trainees to supplement the knowledge which they acquired during their studies and to familiarise themselves with the activities of the European Union and, in particular, the European Parliament.
Journalism: This traineeship allows prospective journalists to obtain experience covering the activities of the European Parliament. Applicants for the paid journalism option, must demonstrate professional experience as evidenced either by works published, or by membership of an association of journalists in a Member State of the European Union, or by a qualification in journalism recognised in the Member States of the European Union or in the applicant countries.
Translation: This traineeship allows students and graduates to use their language skills in an EU working environment. Note: You must be able to perfectly speak at least one of the working languages of the EU (English,French or German).
Directorates you can apply to work for:
Infrastructure and logistics
Interpretation and conferences
Innovation and Technological support
Application deadlines and start dates
Traineeship dates and deadlines for university graduates (paid)
Application period Traineeship period
15 August – 15 October (midnight) 1 March - 31 July
15 March – 15 May (midnight) 1 October - 28/29 February
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.
Starting dates and deadlines for non-compulsory unpaid training placements:
Application period Start of placement (max. 4 months)
1 August - 1 October 1 January
1 December - 1 February 1 May
1 April - 1 June 1 September
Traineeship periods and the corresponding deadlines for university graduate translators (paid) and secondary school leavers (unpaid)
Applicants must 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;
Start of traineeship Application period
1 January 15 June - 15 August (midnight)
1 April 15 September -15 November (midnight)
1 July 15 December - 15 February (midnight)
1 October 15 March - 15 May (midnight)
How do I apply?
All applications must be done online and are dealt with centrally at Brussels, the office in Edinburgh does not deal with applications.