Each year, several thousand students and recent graduates from Europe and around the world are given the opportunity to go on a placement at an EU institution. A placement is a chance to learn about the machinery of the EU from the inside, to improve your language skills and to develop valuable networks. Additionally, a placement is often an advantage when applying for jobs.
You will receive a monthly grant of around €1000, varying a bit between the different institutions.
What can you do?
Placements are possible at all EU institutions. Opportunities and conditions, such as the educational background they require, differ between the various institutions. The length of the placement can also vary.
On a placement, you participate in the daily work of the institution and the unit at which you are placed. This may include attending and organising meetings and workshops, writing documents and reports, answering questions and participating in projects. What you can do largely depends on your background at the institution at which you are on placement.
The majority of placements are located in Brussels and Luxemburg. However, placements are also available at EU representatives and information offices in the member states, and at EU delegations in countries outside the EU and Europe.
Who can apply?
For a placement it is necessary to have a degree (at least a Bachelor’s), a good level of English, French or German, and have excellent knowledge in another official EU language (Swedish is one of these). You must have graduated before you apply.
Placement as a translator requires that your mother tongue is one of the EU’s official languages and that you can translate to your mother tongue from two other EU languages (of which one must be English, French or German).
When applying for an EU placement, you should be open and interested in issues relating to the EU, have a positive attitude and be willing to learn more about the institutions and how they work.
You cannot apply for a placement if, during the last six years, you have had any form of placement or work (paid or unpaid) for six months at an EU institution or other related authority.
When and how to apply?
Placements have set application periods, as well as set placement periods in the spring or autumn. Application dates vary between institutions.
All institutions offer placements and applications are sent to the institution. They have separate application procedures and their own application forms. Information about current placements and links to the various institutions can be found to the right, below “Links”.
Application dates and placement periods for paid placements at the largest institutions
- European Commission: 31 January, 1 September (five-month placement)
- European Parliament: 15 May, 15 October (five-month placement)
- Council of the European Union: 31 August (five-month placement)
- Court of Justice of the European Union: 1 May, 1 October (five-month placement)
- European Court of Auditors: Applications may be submitted throughout the year (five-month placement)
- European Economic and Social Committee: 1 April, 1 October (five-month placement)
- Committee of the Regions: 31 March, 30 September (five-month placement)
- European Ombudsman: 30 April, 31 August (five-month placement)
If you have any questions, please contact:
Petra Göransson, Swedish Council for Higher Education
Tel: +46 (0)10 470 0659