Paid Traineeships in the European Parliament 2017


  • Paid

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 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.


Belgium, Luxembourg


In Brussels and in Luxembourg, the scholarship is 1.252,26 € per month as of 1 January 2016. In Information Offices, the scholarship is weighted to reflect the higher or lower cost of living in different Member States. If you are receiving any earnings from another source, this amount will be deducted from your scholarship. If you are receiving an external allowance/scholarship, the responsible unit will ask for supporting documents and decide if the amount will be deducted or not


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;
  • 10 % of trainees in the European Parliament may be nationals from countries other than Members States or applicant countries
  • 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.

Eligible Regions: Open for All

Application Process

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Application Deadline: May 15, 2017 (40 Days Remaining)

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