The goal of the Schuman traineeships is to contribute to EU citizens’ European education and vocational training and to provide an insight into the work of the European Parliament.
These traineeships are awarded for a period of five months.
Applicants for a Schuman traineeship must:
- be aged 18+;
- hold a university level diploma(s);
- fulfil the language requirement;
- provide an eligible criminal record;
- not have worked for more than two consecutive months within an EU Institution or body;
not have carried out a visiting junior or senior academia of six months prior the beginning of the traineeship.
Traineeship dates and deadlines for receipt of applications:
- For the 1 October- 28/29 February traineeship - Application period: 1 June – 30 June
- For the 1 March- 31 July traineeship - Application period: 1 November – 30 November
In order to apply for a Schuman traineeship, please visit our traineeship offers main page.
Candidates can apply for 3 traineeship offers per campaign.
Applications submitted after the deadline or spontaneous applications cannot be considered.
Every year 21 000 people apply for a traineeship at the European Parliament and 900 of them are selected.
Recruitment and selection procedures are adapted to ensure that they do not disadvantage candidates with a disability.
1. “Schuman” traineeships Without prejudice to Article 21, “Schuman” traineeships shall be awarded for a period of five months. The traineeship periods are: - from 1 March to 31 July, - from 1 October to the end of February.
The Directorates-General have the possibility of advancing or postponing the start date, as long as the new date is in the month immediately before or immediately after the original start date. The end date is modified accordingly. 4 A candidate has the possibility, by means of an agreement with the traineeship supervisor and the traineeship coordinator in the Directorate-General in question, to advance or postpone the start date, so long as the new date is in the month immediately before or immediately after the starting date. The agreement should be sent to the Traineeships Sector as soon as possible and no later than one month before the original start date mentioned above. The end date is postponed accordingly.
The traineeship coordinator can request an extension of the traineeship for a period of up to one month, in agreement with the trainee and the traineeship supervisor, and upon approval of the Competent Authority.
Exceptionally, the traineeship coordinator can request an extension of the traineeship, in the interest of service, for a period of up to three months in agreement with the trainee and the traineeship supervisor, and upon approval of the Competent Authority. Such a request must be duly justified.
Extensions can only be granted once and on condition that the information reaches the Traineeships Sector at least one month before the end date of the traineeship. There can be no interruption or suspension between the end date mentioned in the traineeship agreement and the given extension. The total length of the traineeship period cannot in any case exceed eight months. Specifically, for the translation services in the Directorate-General concerned: - up to two additional traineeship periods could be foreseen during the year, the first one starting on 1 June, the second one starting on 1 December, - the duration of the four periods of traineeship could be shortened to a period from five to a minimum of three months.
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