The European Parliament offers two types of traineeships: Traineeships in the Secretariat (Schuman traineeships) and Traineeships with Members of the European Parliament
Traineeships in the Secretariat – Schuman Traineeships
The Schuman traineeships are paid and can be undertaken at one of the European Parliament’s official places of work – Brussels, Luxembourg and Strasbourg – or in its Liaison Offices in the Member States.
These traineeships are named after Robert Schuman, one of the main architects of the European integration project, responsible for over 70 years of peace and prosperity in Europe. He proposed pooling French and German coal and steel production into what would become the European Coal and Steel Community, the first of the European Communities, which grew to become the European Union.
- Why should I apply?A Schuman traineeship will enhance your education and your vocational training. It will provide you with an insight into the work of the EU institutions and the European Parliament, a crucial forum for decision-making and political debate at EU level.The Schuman traineeships may be undertaken in a wide variety of fields, such as EU internal and external policies, finance, law, multilingualism, administration, infrastructure and logistics, communication or IT.The European Parliament is an equal opportunities employer; candidates without distinction as to gender, sexual orientation, cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds or disability are encouraged to apply, with reasonable accommodation available for successful candidates with disabilities who may need them.As part of Parliament’s commitment to honouring journalists who were killed during the exercise of their work, the Directorate-General for Communication offers a number of Schuman traineeships in memory of Ján Kuciak, the Slovak investigative journalist who was murdered in February 2018.
- Can I apply?Applicants for a Schuman traineeship must:
- be aged 18 or over;
- be nationals of a Member State of the European Union or an accession/candidate country (a very limited number of traineeships to nationals of other countries can also be offered);
- hold a university level diploma;
- have a thorough knowledge of one of the official EU languages and a very good knowledge of a second (citizens of non-Member States must have a very good knowledge of either English, French or German);
- provide an eligible criminal record;
- not have worked, or have benefitted from any other type of traineeship, for more than two consecutive months in an EU institution, body or agency;
- not have carried out a study visit at the Secretariat of the European Parliament six months prior to the beginning of the traineeship.
- How to apply?In order to apply, please visit our traineeship application page:
- select and apply for a maximum of three traineeships;
- if you are shortlisted, you will be required to provide certain supporting documents to prove your eligibility;
- if you are selected, you will get an official Admission Letter via email.The Schuman traineeships are awarded for a period of five months:
- Traineeship period 1 October-28/29 February
- you can apply from 1 to 31 May
- Traineeship period 1 March-31 July
- you can apply from 1 to 31 October Spontaneous applications will not be considered.
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