Paid Journalism/General Traineeships in EU Parliament

Deadline: 15 October, 2012
Open to: Candidates who are nationals of member states of EU or of an applicant country (Croatia, Iceland, Macedonia, Serbia, Montenegro or Turkey)
Remuneration: around 1100 euros per month


Paid traineeships are awarded solely to graduates of universities or equivalent institutions. Their purpose is to enable trainees to supplement the knowledge which they acquired during their studies and to familiarise themselves with the activities of the European Union and, in particular, the European Parliament.

Paid traineeships cover:

  • Robert Schuman scholarships, general option
  • Robert Schuman scholarships, journalism option.

Applicants for Robert Schuman scholarships, general option, must also demonstrate that they have produced a substantial written paper, as part of the requirements for a university degree or for a scientific journal. One of these scholarships, known as the `Chris Piening Fellowship’, may be awarded to a candidate whose paper was concerned particularly with relations between the European Union and the United States.

Applicants for Robert Schuman scholarships, journalism option, must also demonstrate professional experience as evidenced either by works published, or by membership of an association of journalists in a Member State of the European Union, or by a qualification in journalism recognised in the Member States of the European Union or in the applicant countries.

Paid traineeships are awarded for a period of five months. The beginning of this traineeship is 1 March, 2012. The application period is from 15 August to 15 October (midnight).

Internal Rules Governing Traineeships

Please note the conditions for admission. If you are selected, the following documents will be requested as supporting documents:

  • a copy of your passport or identity card
  • a copy of your university diploma(s)
  • a letter from a professional person who is able to give an objective assessment of your aptitudes
  • for general option candidates: proof of written work (attestation, cover page, diploma, etc.)
  • for journalism option candidates: publication or membership of an association of journalists in a Member State of the European Union or a diploma in journalism recognised in the Member States of the European Union or in the applicant countries.

It is not necessary to send these supporting documents at this stage. The documents will be requested when you are offered  a traineeship.

If you are offered a traineeship, you will not be admitted unless you provide the full set of documents mentioned above as requested.

If you fulfil the conditions for admission, please complete the online application form which will be opened from the period of 15 August to 15 October.

Please note that if you leave your application form inactive for 30 minutes, the data you have entered will be lost. We therefore advise you to read carefully the ‘Internal rules governing traineeships and study visits in the Secretariat of the European Parliament’ before filling in the application form.

The application cannot be changed online and is completed and submitted in a single operation. A printed copy of sample forms for paid and unpaid traineeships is available to help you prepare your application before you submit it online.
After filling in your application please print the summary and make sure that it is complete before submitting. Any incomplete applications will automatically be rejected.

Once you have confirmed/sent your online application you will automatically receive a confirmation message at your email address. The message contains a confirmation number that you should quote in all future correspondence concerning the traineeship and the link to the summary of your application in pdf format, a paper version of which will be requested, if you are offered a traineeship.

You can check FAQ on this link.


To obtain further information, please contact the appropriate office for this traineeship, after reading the relevant rules:

address: European Parliament | Traineeships Office | PRE 03B026 | L – 2929 LUXEMBOURG
telephone: +352 / 43 00 248 82

The official website

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