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Traineeships with Members of the European Parliament (MEPs)

The European Parliament, besides offering traineeships in its Secretariat (the so-called Schuman traineeships) also offers Traineeships with Members of the European Parliament (MEPs).

MEPs 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.

The duration of the traineeship is between six weeks and five consecutive months, and is decided on by the Member of Parliament who awards the traineeship. It can start at any time during the year.

Trainees are awarded a monthly grant of between EUR 858 and EUR 1407 for a full-time traineeship.


Why should you apply

The traineeship will allow you to better understand the working methods of the Members of the European Parliament.

Who can apply

Candidates who fulfil the following criteria:

  • be aged 18 or over (derogations from this age limit can be granted in response to a duly substantiated request);
  • be nationals of a Member State of the European Union or an accession/candidate country. Nevertheless, Members may offer a traineeship to nationals of third countries, provided they comply with visa requirements;
  • have obtained a secondary-school leaving certificate corresponding to the level required for entry to university, or have followed a higher or technical course of study to an equivalent level, or have obtained a university diploma;
  • have a thorough knowledge of one of the official languages of the European Union;
  • not be party to an employment contract or any working contractual relationship during their traineeship;
  • not have carried out a previous traineeship with a Member, nor have previously worked as a parliamentary assistant to a Member, whether local or accredited.

How to apply

To submit an application, it is necessary to contact directly the Members of the European Parliament concerned.


See the brochure: Traineeships and study visit with MEPs  

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