Traineeships at the European Ombudsman

Deadline: ongoing (next deadline: 30 April, 2014)
Open to: nationals from an EU Member States with university degree in law, fluent in English and French
Remuneration: 25% of the basic salary of staff on grade A*6 step 1, including a household allowance, where appropriate


The European Ombudsman offers traineeships, twice a year, primarily to university law graduates. The traineeships take place either in Strasbourg or in Brussels according to the needs of the Office. Traineeships start on 1 September and 1 January each year. They are intended to enable the trainees to gain, in addition to the knowledge and skills they have acquired during their studies, a practical experience of the work of the European Ombudsman. Trainees normally undertake either the investigation of complaints, or carry out research relevant to the work of the Ombudsman. They work under the direct supervision of a Legal Officer. The traineeship has a minimum duration of four months. It can be extended for a period left to the Ombudsman’s discretion normally up to a maximum of 12 months.


Trainees are selected on an individual basis. The applicant should normally:

  • be a national from an EU Member State
  • have a university degree in law, and be at an advanced stage of professional training or research in Community law.
  • able to work in at least two of the official languages of the European Communities. Knowledge of French and English, which are the working languages of the European Ombudsman’s Office, is required.


The level of financial support for trainees in receipt of external support will be determined on an individual basis. Scholarships are available to trainees who do not have other means of financial support for a period of three months. The value of scholarships is 25% of the basic salary of staff on grade A*6 step 1, including a household allowance, where appropriate.


The next deadline to apply is 30 April 2014 for the traineeship starting on 1 September 2014. On 31 August is the deadline for the traineeship starting on 1 January.

Application form can be downloaded by clicking here.

Your application should be sent to:
European Ombudsman
Traineeship application
1 avenue du Président Robert Schuman
CS 30403
67001 Strasbourg Cedex

For further details please visit the official website.

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