Paid Traineeships for People with Disabilities at the European Parliament 2014

Paid Traineeships for People with Disabilities at the European Parliament 2014


Deadline: May 15, 2014

Qualified and interested applicants are invited to apply for a paid traineeships at the European Parliament. These traineeships are open to people with disabilities both to graduates of universities or equivalent institutions and to people whose qualifications are below university level.

The programme offers five-month paid traineeships to disabled candidates, and is run in addition to the other options for traineeships and study visits in the Secretariat of the European Parliament. The main purpose of the programme is to offer a number of persons with disabilities a meaningful work experience as a trainee in the European Parliament, giving them an opportunity to familiarize themselves with its activities.

Additional objectives are to put the European Parliament’s equal opportunities principles into practice by supporting people with disabilities in gaining professional experience, and thereby enhancing their opportunities for future employment; to provide the European Parliament with the contribution and positive experience that disabled trainees will bring to its work and culture; and to contribute to raising the general awareness of disability among Parliament staff, helping to remove barriers to the integration of people with disabilities.


  • The monthly allowance for trainees is EUR 1,130.56 .
  • Trainees’ additional costs directly related to the disability may be covered up to a maximum of 50% of the amount of the monthly scholarship.
  • Trainee will have a reimbursement of travel expenses incurred at the beginning and end of the traineeship.
  • Trainees will be covered by the compulsory Accident and Health insurance.


Applicants for this programme of paid traineeship must:

  • be nationals of a Member State of the EU or of an applicant country;
  • be over 18 years of age;
  • have thorough knowledge of one of the official languages of the EU and good knowledge of a second;
  • not have been awarded any other paid traineeship, or have been in paid employment for more than four consecutive weeks, with a European institution or a Member or political group of the European Parliament;
  • be able to certify that they have a disability/ies (medical certificate or disability card/certificate issued by a national authority).

Application process:

  • Candidates can only apply using the online application form for the traineeship for persons with disabilities.
  • Candidates will be selected after an evaluation of the applicant’s merit and skills, matching the applicant’s profile to the trainee placements available.
  • The evaluation will be based on the information provided in the application.
  • If candidates are of equal merit, a balance between men and women and a balance in their geographical origin will be sought, as far as the limited number of traineeships allows.

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