The European Union Traineeship offers students a unique opportunity to gain firsthand experience in EU policymaking through paid placements in its offices across Europe.

In addition to the wealth of experience you would gain in an international setting, trainees will get a living stipend of €7,625 to help cover living expenses during the traineeship.

In this post, we have provided a detailed breakdown of the European Union Traineeship Program, its requirements, benefits, as well as the procedures to follow to successfully apply.

European Union Traineeship Details:

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.Traineeships with Members of the European Parliament

Members of the European Parliament may offer paid traineeships at their offices in the premises of the European Parliament in Brussels (or Strasbourg) based on an agreement with the European Parliament.

Eligibility Requirements

To be considered for the European Union Traineeship, you must:

  • be aged 18 or over;
  • be nationals of a Member State of the European Union or an accession/candidate country (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.


  • Trainees receive a monthly grant, the amount of which varies by location due to different living costs across Europe.
  • On average, trainees can expect to receive approximately €1,524.59 per month.
  • This financial support is designed to help cover living expenses during the traineeship


The European Union 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.

Method of Application

  • click on the button below to visit the European Union webpage
  • proceed to the traineeship application webpage
  • 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.

Click Here to Apply

Application Deadline: May 31, 2024.