Opportunities

Traineeships in the European Parliment

19 Mar , 2015  

The European Parliament offers several options for traineeships within its Secretariat, to provide opportunities for vocational training and for learning more about what the it is and what it does.

  1. Traineeships for university graduates – General Option or Journalism Option (Schuman Scholarships)

Applicants for a traineeship for university graduates must.

  • be nationals of a Member State of the European Union or an applicant country, without prejudice to the provisions of article 5 paragraph 2 of the Internal rules;
  • 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 at the expense of the European Union budget.

These traineeships are awarded for a period of five months which cannot be extended.

  1. Training placements

The European Parliament offers young people who have a secondary-school leaving certificate (obtained before the deadline for applications) corresponding to the level required for entry to university, or who have completed a higher or technical course to an equivalent level, the opportunity to undertake training placements. Priority is given to young people who are required to complete a training placement as part of their course of study, provided that they have reached the age of 18 by the first day of the placement.

Training placements are awarded for periods of between one and four months, with the possibility of exceptions.

  1. Programme of traineeships for people with disabilities

The main purpose of this programme is to offer a number of people with disabilities a meaningful and valuable work experience, and an opportunity to familiarise themselves with the activities of the European Parliament.

These traineeships are open both to graduates of universities or equivalent institutions and to people whose qualifications are below university level. (Article 22 of the Internal Rules Governing Traineeships and Study Visits in the Secretariat of the European Parliament which concerns the academic qualifications needed for admission to a paid traineeship thus does not apply to this programme.)

These traineeships are awarded for a period of five months which cannot be extended.

  1. Translation traineeships for university graduates

Applicants for a translation traineeship for university graduates must:

  • be nationals of a Member State of the European Union or a candidate country;
  • be aged 18 or over on the traineeship start date;
  • have obtained, before the deadline for submission of applications, a university degree following a course of study of at least three years’ duration;
  • have a perfect knowledge of one of the official languages of the European Union or the official language of an candidate country and a thorough knowledge of two other 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 at the expense of the European Union budget.

Translation traineeships for university graduates are awarded for a period of three months. Exceptionally, they may be extended for a maximum period of three months.

  1. Translation training placements

Applicants for a translation training placement must :

  • be nationals of a Member State of the European Union or a candidate country ;
  • be aged 18 or over on the traineeship start date
  • have a perfect knowledge of one of the official languages of the European Union or the official language of a candidate country and a thorough knowledge of two other 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 at the expense of the European Union budget.

Translation training placements are awarded for a period of between one and three months. Exceptionally, they may be extended for a maximum period of three months.

  1. Conference interpreters

If you already hold a qualification in conference interpreting and your language combination is relevant to the institution then you should consider applying for an accreditation test or an open competition.

The European Parliament Interpretation Directorate does not provide basic training to linguists who want to specialise in conference interpreting, since under the principle of subsidiarity this is the responsibility of the national authorities in the Member States.

You can find further information about all the programms above here

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