Stage and Internship

General information (COSP)

An internship (or traineeship) is a training experience encompassing different options:

  • Students can participate in curricular internship/work placement
  • Those who have completed their study programme not more than 12 months ago can do extracurricular internships/traineeships.

The Cosp manages setup procedures for internships in public and private companies and institutions aimed at enrolled students, graduands and postgraduates.

How to find a stage opportunity

Students can either select one of the available internship positions on the University noticeboard or find an internship by themselves.
In any case they must follow procedures established by the Study and Career Guidance Centre (COSP).


EU traineeships are available in a wide range of fields such as:

  • human resources
  • communication
  • information and communication technologies
  • competition law 
  • environmental policy
  • external relations
  • development policy

Most traineeships usually last 5/6 months (some could be shorter/longer). ‘EU traineeships’ are paid (payment varies according to the host organization).

More information here

The Schuman traineeships are paid and can be undertaken at one of the European Parliament’s official places of work – Brussels, Luxembourg and Strasbourg – or in its Liaison Offices in the Member States.

These traineeships are named after Robert Schuman, one of the main architects of the European integration project, responsible for over 70 years of peace and prosperity in Europe. The Schuman traineeships may be undertaken in a wide variety of fields, such as EU internal and external policies, finance, law, multilingualism, administration, infrastructure and logistics, communication or IT.


When do I apply? Two sessions:


Apply in May
The deadline for application is the 31st of May, 23:59 (Brussels time).


Apply in October
The deadline for application is the 31st of October, 23:59 (Brussels time).

More information and the application page:

The European Commission proposes 2 types of traineeships: An Administrative Traineeship or a Translation Traineeship with the Directorate-General for Translation (DGT).

Trainees work all over the European Commission, its services and agencies, mostly in Brussels, but also in Luxembourg and elsewhere across the European Union. Subsequent career opportunities may vary between these different entities. The nature of your work will depend on the service you are assigned to. You may, for example, work in the field of competition law, human resources, environmental policy, translation, etc.

A trainee’s daily work consist of:

  • Attending and organizing meetings, working groups, and public hearings
  • Researching, drafting and editing documentation – including reports and consultations
  • Answering citizens’ inquiries
  • Supporting the management of projects
  • Translating, revising translations or researching terminology

More information and the application page:

Every year, there are around 100 places available for paid traineeships, and up to 6 places for paid trainees with a disability.

A traineeship at the General Secretariat of the Council (GSC) offers:

  • first-hand experience of the work of the GSC
  • EU knowledge - insight into the processes and policies of the EU institutions
  • an opportunity to contribute to the Council's day-to-day business
  • the chance to work in a multicultural, multilingual and multi-ethnic environment
  • an opportunity to share your fresh point of view and the knowledge you have acquired during your studies 

Depending on the needs of the service, your daily work would generally be equivalent to that of junior administrator officials at the beginning of their career, such as:

  • preparing meetings and drafting minutes
  • attending meetings of Council preparatory bodies and Coreper (Committee of the Permanent Representatives of the Governments of the member states to the EU)
  • researching on a particular project
  • translating documents
  • compiling documentation, writing reports

Trainees will also be invited to take part in a study programme that includes visits and conferences at other EU institutions in Brussels, Luxembourg and Strasbourg.

More information and the application page: