Open to: Young university graduates who have already acquired either an initial qualification in the areas in which the EESC operates or a good knowledge of the socio-occupational organizations which are active within the EU
Remuneration: Trainees who have been granted an in-service raming period of long duration are entitled to a maintenance grant
The European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) organizes in-service training twice a year for periods of long duration (five months) or short duration (one to three months) for candidates from universities or the public or private sector who already have a knowledge of one of the EESC’s areas of activity. The in-service training periods begin on 16 February and 16 September each year and take place in Brussels. The in-service training peiods of long duration last for five months and are arranged twice a year, from 16 February to 15 July (spring in-service raming period) and from 16 September to 15 February the following year (autumn in-service training period). The EESC can grant training periods of short duration (from one to three months) to university students who are required to complete their degree course by carrying out a period of in-service training.
The main aims of in-service raming periods with the EESC are as follows:
- to round off and apply knowledge acquired by the trainee during his/her studies or at work;
- to provide the trainee with practical knowledge of the working of the EESC’s various departments;
- to enable the trainee to gain personal experience through contacts established in day-to-day work.
Conditions governing in-service training periods of long duration
Subject to available budget resources and space, in-service training periods of long duration are offered to candidates who fulfil the following conditions:
- candidates must hold a recognized university-level degree attesting to the completion of at least three years of study or a certificate confirming that the candidate has attained a level of education corresponding to the eighth semester of a university course;
- candidates have acquired an initial qualification in one of the EESC’s areas of activity in the course of their studies or in some other way: either through an in-depth study carried out as part of a university degree, a thesis or some other research work; or through occupational experience or a previous in-service raming period outside the European institutions;
- candidates must have a thorough command of one Community language and satisfactory knowledge of another Community language. Candidates from non-member countries are required to have only a thorough command of one Community language.
Conditions governing in-service training periods of short duration
No age limit applies in the case of in-service raming periods of short duration (one to three months). Training periods are offered to candidates who satisfy the following conditions:
- candidates must hold a recognized university-level degree attesting to the completion of at least three years of studies, or a certificate confirming that the candidate has achieved a level of education corresponding to the eighth semester of a university course;
- candidates are required to carry out (or may have the option of carrying out) a period of in-service training in an international institution in order to complete their university degree. In all cases priority will be given to candidates for whom such a period of in-service raming is compulsory:
- candidates must have a thorough command of one Community language and a satisfactory knowledge of another Community language. Candidates from non-member countries are required to have only a thorough command of one Community language.
Trainees who have been granted an in-service raming period of long duration are entitled to a maintenance grant.
Trainees who continue to receive pay from their employer or who receive a grant from another body or receive another subsistence allowance are not entitled to a financial contibution from the EESC unless the amount they receive is less than the maintenance grant. In this case they receive an amount that will bring their income up to the level of the maintenance grant.
Trainees receiving a grant and whose place of recruitment is more than 200 km from Brussels are entitled to an allowance for the travelling expenses. The calculation of this allowance is based on the distance in kilometres between the place of recaitment and Brussels inside the geographical limits of the European Union.
You can apply by filling in the online APPLICATION.