What exactly do interns at the European Commission do

Internship at the EU

Gain experience at European institutions

I am studying political science and will be taking my final exam next year. Since I am very interested in the work of the EU, I would like to do an internship at a European institution. Is that possible? Whom can I contact?

There are a number of possibilities for university graduates to complete internships at the EU institutions: Both the European Commission and the Parliament and the Council offer young academics short work and study visits that give them an insight into the policies of the European Union and the To ensure the functioning of their organs.

You can apply to the European Commission for a three to five month administrative internship. Academics from all disciplines are in demand. The prerequisite is: You must have successfully completed your studies by the application deadline and must be no more than thirty years old. You are also required to have a thorough knowledge of one Union language and sufficient knowledge of another Union language.

The administrative internships are offered twice a year, on the first of October and the first of March. You can find out which documents you need to present for your application on the inert pages of the internship office. The Representation of the European Commission in Germany also recruits interns.

The European Parliament grants graduates a variety of internship opportunities, unpaid internships lasting one to four months or paid internships for translators. Particularly successful university graduates who have completed their studies in an area that is closely related to the activities of the European Parliament have a chance of receiving the "Robert Schuman Scholarship". In addition, the individual MEPs and the political groups in Parliament also offer internships and, in some cases, scholarships.

But even during your studies you can get to know Europe up close. Parliament offers students one to four months of training internships to familiarize them with the day-to-day work of Parliament. Those who deal particularly with European issues during their studies can also use Parliament's archives and libraries for their work for a maximum of one month as part of a study visit. However, students cannot hope for scholarships: the internships and study visits are unpaid.

The following applies to all internship positions at Parliament: You must not be older than 35 years. You are also required to have a thorough knowledge of one EU language and sufficient knowledge of a second EU language.

The Council of the European Union also offers the opportunity to gain practical work experience. University graduates can complete one to four-month internships there, which are currently remunerated at € 900 per month. The courses in economics, law and languages ​​are preferred.

But it is not only in the "classic" EU institutions that you can get to know the European Union up close. Other European bodies also offer interesting internships: from the representations of the German federal states in Brussels to the foundations to the European representations of the associations.

Wherever you apply: the number of internship positions is limited and the number of applicants is large. In any case, you should therefore inform yourself in good time about the respective requirements and application deadlines!

additional Information:

Blue Book Traineeship

Schuman traineeship

European Parliament
Information office for Germany
Unter den Linden 78
Tel: 030-2280 1000
Fax: 0302 280 1111

European Commission
Representation in Germany
Unter den Linden 78
10117 Berlin
Tel .: 030 2280 2000
Fax: 030 2280 2222

General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union
Internship office
175, rue de la loi
B-1048 Brussels
Tel .: +32 2 281 6536
Fax: +32 2 281 8444
Email: [email protected]