The JRC traineeship scheme is governed by a set of rules which give trainees an opportunity to acquire practical experience and knowledge of the day-to-day workings of the JRC. There are three types of traineeships:
- training related to the preparation of a thesis for a university degree;
- training after university education (or its equivalent);
- industrial placement.
The duration may not be for fewer than 3 months and for not more than one year.
Opportunities for trainees (ESRA)
Who can participate
The call is open to nationals of the Member States of the EU, of candidate countries benefiting from pre-accession strategy (Turkey and Croatia) and of other countries contributing financially to the 7th EU R&TD Framework Programme (Israel, Switzerland, Norway, Liechtenstein, Iceland, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Serbia). A limited number of nationals of non-EU Member States may also be accepted.
How to apply
Each research Institute publishes its needs on the JRC's online web application system (ESRA):
- a description of the traineeship
- the type of traineeship
- any specific expertise or qualifications required
- any training that will be provided
- and a deadline for replying to the vacancy
Applications are made through the ESRA website.
Trainees can benefit from a monthly allowance. Those whose place of recruitment is fewer than 50km from the JRC site will receive half of this allowance. The monthly allowance is equivalent to 25% of the basic remuneration for an official at grade AD5/1 (Commission decision C/2007/1221) adjusted by the correction coefficient applicable to the JRC site where the traineeship takes place. Please access the relevant JRC site for the corresponding monthly allowance.
There are specific language requirements to participate in the scheme (see article 2.2.2 of the "Rules Governing the Traineeship Scheme of the Joint Research Centre").
For EU nationals
Candidate must have a good knowledge of at least 2 Community languages, of which one should be one of the working languages of the Commission (English, French or German). The expected level of the 2nd language is B2 according to the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment).
For non-EU nationals
Candidate must have a very good knowledge of at least one of the working languages of the Commission (English, French or German). The expected level of the 2nd language is C2 according to the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment).
Draft trainee contract
JRC in-service training contract: English
Code of Practice
Code of Practice for Research Student Management, Supervision and Administration: English
The European Commission also operates an Administrative and Translation traineeships programme which is launched twice a year to cover traineeships from 1 March - 31 July and from 1 October - 28 February.
The JRC recruits several trainees each year through this programme to work in the JRC's Brussels headquarters. Any interested individual must apply through the European Commission's Traineeships Office website.