Traineeships at the European Parliament Liaison Office in the UK
The European Parliament Liaison Office in London offers the possibility to undertake a three-month paid traineeship, with the possibility of a further two months extension.
- Traineeship period 1 March-31 May, , with the possibility of a further two-month extension to 31 July. You can apply from 16 November to 15 December
- Traineeship period 1 October-31 December, with the possibility of a further two-month extension to 28/29 February. You can apply from 16 June to 15 July
Applications for the March-May 2021 traineeship period are now OPEN and the deadline is 15th December 2020. See our section "How to apply" below.
What we do
Our job is to raise awareness of the European Parliament – how it works and what it does within the EU institutions. Our main tasks are to:
- perform a liaison function for the EP with the Westminster and devolved parliaments. We help organize high-level visits by delegations of MEPs to the UK, and we follow the work of relevant British parliamentary committees and debates
- engage with the public and civil society. We organise events, bringing stakeholders and the public together with politicians, academics and think-tanks. We also offer presentations and talks to universities and interest groups on the role of the EP
- inform EU nationals resident in the UK about the European Parliament and encourage them to vote in the five-yearly EP elections
- hold cultural events to showcase the talent of artists from or interested in the EU
- engage in youth outreach. We work with schools, teachers and anyone interested in active citizenship to encourage higher levels of knowledge about the institution and the EU generally
- work with the media. We keep them updated with stories from Brussels and Strasbourg and answer media queries. We also correct lies and fake news, and have an active social media presence
- forge links with trade bodies, professions, business, academia, NGOs and anyone else with an interest in European affairs and the role of the EP.
Our office is located in Europe House, Smith Square, in the heart of Westminster. We occupy the same building as the Delegation of the European Union in the UK.
Who is eligible for the European Parliament Liaison Office internship
Please check you meet all the criteria before applying. We welcome applications from:
- UK citizens and others with the right to work in the UK.
- University graduates. Candidates need to have completed studies at least at undergraduate level, and must be able to provide an undergraduate or postgraduate diploma/official transcript at least one month before the beginning of the internship.
- Candidates available for a full-time internship. We regret it is not possible to accommodate part-time arrangements.
- Candidates who have previously gained two consecutive months or more work experience (including internships) at any European Union institution are not eligible.
- EU citizens and others: Please note that it is also possible to apply for the Robert Schuman traineeship at the European Parliament's offices in Brussels, Strasbourg, Luxembourg and in EU Member States. This is primarily aimed at citizens of EU member states and accession/candidate countries, however a limited number of traineeships can be offered to nationals of other countries.
How to apply
Applications for the March-May 2021 traineeship period are now OPEN and the deadline is 15th December 2020.
Please check you meet all eligibility requirements before applying. You will need to submit:
- Your CV in the EU's Europass format (available here)
- A statement of interest, maximum 500 words, which should specify your preferred areas of interest
You need to request:
- One recommendation letter by a university faculty member (required).
- One additional letter of recommendation, e.g. from an employer, may also be submitted (optional).
Your CV and statement of interest must be sent to email@example.com.
N.B. All referees must send their letters of recommendation directly to the same email address by 15th December 2020. You may also send queries to this email.
Description of your duties
- Work on EU-UK relations and specific policy areas
- Analyse legislation and policy discussions in Westminster relevant to the EU-UK relationship
- Support our communication and social media activities (monitoring, analysing and drafting)
- Support the organisation of events both on content and logistics
- Prepare presentations, working documents and research papers
- Assist with the preparations of visiting delegations
- Help maintain and develop our database of contacts
You will be a graduate in a relevant field such as political science, EU studies or journalism, with an interest in how the European Union works and some familiarity with social media. You will be a native or near-native speaker of English who enjoys writing, reporting and interacting with stakeholders and members of the public. You will be interested in contributing to our various outreach activities, notably in the field of youth and education. You must be able to synthesize sometimes complex information and produce accurate summaries of meetings and you will be able to keep abreast of fast-moving political developments.
Remuneration and conditions
- A monthly stipend of € 1.362,40 will be granted for the duration of the internship. This may be subject to yearly indexation.
- Accident and sickness insurance will be granted for the duration of the internship.
- Interns may take two days of personal leave per month.
- Interns are required to make their own housing arrangements.