Long-term Paid Traineeships at the European Economic and Social Committee 2018

Applications are now open for the Long-term traineeships in the European Economic and Social Committee starting in September 2018.  The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) offer paid traineeships twice a year for a period of 5 months to university graduates to learn about the EESC’s activities and to acquire professional experience in a multicultural environment.


In addition, the European Economic and Social Committee can offer short, unpaid traineeships from one to three months to university graduates or university students who are required to complete their degree by undertaking a period of in-service training (short-term traineeship).


These periods of in-service training offer an opportunity to learn about the EESC’s roles and activities and to acquire professional experience in a multicultural environment. They begin on 16 February and 16 September of each year and take place in the Committee’s offices in Brussels.


In offering traineeships, the EESC’s main objectives are to give trainees the opportunity to:


  • learn about the EESC’s role and activities at interinstitutional level, as well as its relations with EU Member States and with non-Member States;
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  • acquire practical knowledge about how the EESC’s various departments operate;


  • supplement and apply knowledge and skills acquired during their studies and/or work; and


  • gain experience in a multicultural, multilingual and multi-ethnic professional environment, helping people develop understanding, confidence and mutual tolerance.




  • Only trainees who have been offered a long-term in-service training period are entitled to a maintenance grant.


  • Long term trainees are given a monthly grant of 1.176,84 EUR per month.


  • Trainees who continue to receive a salary from their employer or who receive a grant from another body or another subsistence allowance are not entitled to a financial contribution from the EESC unless such income is less than the amount of the traineeship grant. In that event, they shall receive the difference up to the amount of that grant.


  • Long-term trainees can request a contribution to travel expenses after having completed at least three months of traineeship. The rates of contribution are specified in the relevant decision.


  • Long-term trainees who are not covered by any other insurance scheme shall be covered by sickness insurance under the conditions set out in the EESC’S insurance contract. Trainees who do not take out the sickness insurance offered by the EESC will be asked to prove that they are covered by another equivalent insurance for the full duration of the traineeship.
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  • Long traineeships are intended for young graduates of universities who are both nationals of the Member States of the European Union, as well as to a number of university graduates from non-EU countries.


  • There is no age limit


  • Candidates must hold a recognised university-level degree, demonstrating completion of at least three years of study, or a certificate attesting that the applicant has attained a level of education corresponding to a three-year university course


  • Applicants must have a thorough command of one EU language and a satisfactory command of another EU language, one of which must be English or French.


  • Applicants from non-Member States shall be required to have a good command of English or French.
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  • Trainees must provide proof of their medical fitness for undertaking a traineeship.


  • Trainees must provide an extract from police records to provide proof they have the moral standards necessary for carrying out the tasks assigned to them.


  • Applications shall not be accepted from people who have already completed a period of paid traineeship of six weeks or longer with an EU institution, agency or representation office.


Application Deadline: March 31, 2018


How to apply

Complete the online application for a long-term traineeship.

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