EU Internships

eucareerspicAs I’ve been looking at internships today, thought some of you might like a summary of internships (they call them Traineeships) offered by various European Union bodies. There are far more EU bodies than I’d ever imagined (34 on this list of internships!), including many which I know would appeal to postgrads from a wide range of disciplines, including science and engineering, as well as social science and language postgrads.

There is an EU Careers site with lots of useful info on different roles and levels. However, I did end up going round in circles looking for details of any current vacancies on the Traineeships page.

Finally I realised that you had to look at the 2 page pdf “Quick Guide to EU Traineeships” to find clickable links to all the different institutions and agencies which had details of Traineeships on their own websites.

The document does have a handy list of who recruits when for the main institutions, ie:

  • European Commission
  • European Parliament
  • European External Action Service
  • European Council
  • Court of Justice
  • Court of Auditors
  • Economic and Social Committee
  • Committee of the Regions
  • European Ombudsman
  • European Central Bank
  • European Data Protection Supervisor

It also gets you to the right pages to find out about traineeships at 23 other EU agencies and bodies, where many of the non-policy/admin/language traineeships are – something for lots of postgrad specialists there.

There do seem to be quite a few with closing dates of 1 December, so don’t put this off or you may have to wait another year for your ideal internship.

  • European Investment Bank
  • European Law Enforcement Agency
  • The European Network and Information Security Agency (ENISA)
  • Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market
  • European Joint Undertaking for ITER and the Development of Fusion Energy (Fusion for Energy)
  • The European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders of the Member States of the European Union
  • EMCDDA, European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction
  • European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training
  • European Union Satellite Centre (EUSC)
  • European Training Foundation
  • The European Institute for Gender Equality
  • European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions (Eurofound)
  • ECHA – European Chemical Agency
  • European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights
  • European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control
  • The European Union’s Judicial Cooperation Unit (EUROJUST)
  • European Aviation Safety Agency
  • Translation Centre for the Bodies of the European Union
  • European Food Safety Authority
  • Joint Research Centre
  • European Medicines Agency
  • European Maritime Safety Agency
  • European Railway Agency

I rather fancy the European Chemical Agency in Helsinki – luckily the working language is English, as my Finnish only stretches to “Moomin”. However, be aware that you will normally need to offer another of the official EU languages in addition to English ie French or German.

Click on the image to get a pdf with clickable links

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