Paid Traineeships in the EU Economic and Social Committee

Deadline: 30 September 2014 / 31 March 2015
Open to: university graduates from the EU and a number of non-EU States
Remuneration: around 1000 EUR monthly


The Economic and Social Committee (ESC) is an advisory body that gives Europe’s economic and social partners (i.e. employers, trade unions, representatives of small businesses, farmers’ associations, consumers, etc.) the chance to issue their formal opinion on EU policies.

The ESC organises in-service training periods of paid long traineeships, that last for five months and are arranged twice a year:

  • from 16 February to 15 July (Spring in-service training period)
  • from 16 September to 15 February (Autumn in-service training period).

The main areas of interest to the ESC are:

Consultative work: agriculture, rural development and the environment, economic and monetary union and economic and social cohesion, employment, social affairs and citizenship, external relations, the single market, production and consumption, transport, energy, infrastructure and the information society.

Other areas: presidency and groups (“Employers”, “Workers” and “Various Interests”), relations with socio-occupational bodies, Directorate of General Affairs, human and financial resources, translation, information technology and telecommunications.


Unemployed trainees may receive a monthly grant of around 1000 EUR. Trainees who are already paid may not receive any financial contribution.


Long traineeship candidates are university graduates who have acquired knowledge of one of the ESC’s areas of activity in the course of their studies or in some other way: i.e. thesis, research, other European in-service training, etc. Candidates must have a thorough knowledge of one EU language and a satisfactory knowledge of another EU language. Candidates from non-member countries are required to have only a thorough knowledge of another EU language.


The deadlines:

  • 30 September at 12 noon CET (for Spring traineeship Feb-July, applications open on 1 July);
  • 31 March at 12 noon CET (for Autumn traineeship Sep-Feb, applications open on 3 January).

As the EESC receives far more applications than places available it is important:

If your application has been pre-selected, you will receive an email which will inform you about this. At this point, you are required to send copies of relevant documents (university diplomas, contracts of previous employment, identity card or passport).

For further details, please see the official website HERE.

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