Frequently asked questions

General Questions

What kind of traineeships does the EESC offer?

Twice a year the European Economic and Social Committee 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 (long-term traineeship).

These periods of in-service training offer an opportunity to acquire professional experience in one of the EESC's departments. They begin on 16 February and 16 September of each year and take place in Brussels.

In addition, the EESC can offer short, unpaid training periods (from one to three months) to university graduates or university students who are required to complete their degree course by undertaking a period of in-service training (short-term traineeship).

Short-term, unpaid traineeships may take place at other times of the year.

What is the deadline for sending the application (for the autumn/spring session)?

Applications registered between 3 January and 31 March are considered for the autumn in-service training period,

Applications registered between 1 July and 30 September are considered for the spring in-service training period of the next year.

What is the e-mail address for the person responsible for traineeships?

Prior to pre-selection, please contact After that, if you have been pre-selected, you will receive a personal e-mail from the official responsible for traineeships, whom you will be able to contact afterwards.

Is the EESC traineeship paid?

Trainees who have been offered a long-term in-service training period are entitled to a maintenance grant.

Trainees who continue to receive a salary from their employer or who receive a grant from another body or another subsistence allowance are not entitled to a financial contribution from the EESC.

Is it possible to apply for a traineeship in different EU institutions at the same time?

Yes, it is. Each institution has its own selection system so you can apply to as many institutions as you like, but you are only allowed to do one traineeship in the European institutions.

Can I do a traineeship outside of the normal traineeship periods?

The dates for long-term traineeships are fixed and cannot be changed, but short-term traineeships can be flexible.

When do you open the application process for the next traineeship period?

Spring traineeship (February-July)

  • Opening date for online applications: 1 July
  • Closing date for online applications: 30 September (12 noon Brussels time)

Autumn traineeship (September-February)

  • Opening date for online applications: 3 January
  • Closing date for online applications: 31 March (12 noon Brussels time)


I haven't got my final diploma yet – can I apply?

Candidates must hold a recognised university-level degree attesting to the completion of at least three years of studies, or a certificate confirming that the candidate has achieved a level of education corresponding to three years of university study.

I am a PhD student – can I apply?

Yes, there is no limit as long as you have a university-level qualification.

I am 33 years old – can I apply?

Yes, there is no age limit.

I am a non-EU citizen, can I apply?

The EESC is offering some positions for non-EU university graduates. Therefore, your application is welcome.

If a traineeship is not a compulsory part of my studies, can I still apply?

Yes, you can, provided you hold a recognised university-level degree attesting to the completion of at least three years of studies, or a certificate confirming that you have achieved a level of education corresponding to the sixth semester of a university course.

Short-term traineeship

What documents do I need?

You need to send the application form for short-term traineeship by post, together with copies of your university degree certificates.

When does the traineeship take place?

The period is agreed with the trainee depending on opportunities at the EESC.

 What is the application deadline?

There is no deadline.

What is the difference between long and short traineeships?

Long-term traineeships last 5 months and the trainees are provided with a maintenance grant, while short-term traineeships last for a maximum of 3 months and are not paid.

Application process:

Have I been pre-selected?

If you are pre-selected, you will receive an e-mail informing you of this. You can also check the progress of your application online, simply by logging into the website.

In my online application profile it says I am eligible – does this mean I have been selected as a trainee?

Being eligible means that you fulfil all the conditions that an applicant must fulfil. It does not, however, mean that you have been selected for the traineeship yet. You must wait for all the steps to be finalised, when you will be informed via e-mail whether or not you have been pre-selected.

I want to add/change information/documents to my application. Is this possible?

Yes, you can access and modify your application until the database is closed. After this date you will still have access to your application but you cannot change or add anything.

I did not print my application – could I have it sent to me?

You have access to your application even after the closing date, so you will still be able to print it.