2015 Paid Traineeships at European Economic & Social Committee (EESC) – Brussels

2015 Paid Traineeships at European Economic & Social Committee (EESC) – Brussels

Deadline: September 30, 2014

Applications are invited for the long-term spring traineeships at the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) taking place from February 16 to July 16 2015 in Brussels. Twice a year, EESC offers traineeships for a period of five months to university graduates who are nationals of the Member States of the European Union, as well as to a number of university graduates from non-EU countries. These periods of in-service training offer an opportunity to learn about the EESC’s roles and activities and to acquire professional experience in a multicultural environment.

Long traineeships are intended for young university graduates who, in the course of their studies or in some other connection, have already acquired either a qualification in the areas where the EESC is active, or good knowledge of the socio-occupational organisations operating in the European Union.

Grants and Benefits

  • Trainees granted a long traineeship shall be entitled to a monthly grant.
  • The grant shall be set at 25% of the basic salary of an official at grade AD5, step 1, as on the day the traineeship starts; it shall remain unchanged throughout the traineeship.
  • Trainees who continue to receive remuneration from their employers, or who receive a grant from another body or any other maintenance allowance, may not receive any financial contribution from the EESC
  • Long-term trainees receiving a grant from the EESC shall be entitled to reimbursement of travel expenses incurred at the beginning and end of their traineeship under certain conditions


  • Applicants must have a thorough command of one EU language and a satisfactory command of another EU language, one of which must be one of the EESC’s working languages (English or French). Applicants from non-Member States shall be required to have a good command of one of the EESC’s working languages
  • Trainees must provide proof of their medical fitness for undertaking a traineeship
  • Trainees must provide an extract from police records to provide proof they have the moral standards necessary for carrying out the tasks assigned to them
  • Applications shall not be accepted from people who have already completed a period of paid traineeship of six weeks or longer with an EU institution, agency or representation office

Service requirements

  • During their traineeship, trainees must comply with the instructions given by their traineeship adviser and with internal instructions and decisions, so as to avoid any conflicts of interest and/or anything detrimental to the EESC’s image.
  • Trainees shall participate in the activities of the department to which they are assigned and in the activities organised for their benefit, and shall in so doing keep to the hours and programmes stipulated in that connection.
  • During their traineeship, trainees shall be obliged to consult with their traineeship adviser on any action they propose taking with regard to the EESC’s activities.
  • Trainees shall be required to keep to the official hours stipulated for EESC staff. Flexitime or teleworking arrangements do not apply to trainees.
  • Traineeship advisers may authorise limited periods of absence of up to two days per month of traineeship.
  • At the end of their traineeship, long-term trainees shall provide their traineeship adviser with a report on their activities and experience during the traineeship; this report is also to be submitted to the training and career guidance department.

How to Apply


For more information, visit EESC Traineeships.