Volunteer Trainee Requests
The European Commission Representation in the UK receives a large number of volunteer trainee requests. However, for logistical reasons we can only accommodate a fixed number of volunteer trainees per year.
Volunteer placements are available in our London office to university students who are required to complete work experience as part of their studies. Volunteers must be covered by a medical insurance policy, or alternatively provide their own equivalent. Membership of the NHS or the holding of an EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) are acceptable forms of medical insurance.
The placements are based in our Political, Media or Communications/Partnerships & Networks sections. Excellent spoken and written English together with an interest in the work of the Representation are essential. Knowledge of a second European language would also be an advantage.
Volunteers should be aware that completion of work experience of this type of more than six weeks' duration will preclude them from applying for a place on the official traineeship programme of the European Commission ("blue book internships").
Interested volunteers should send their CV and a supporting letter stating clearly which period they are available and for how many days per week to firstname.lastname@example.org. To be of value to the trainee we suggest a period of not less than a month although we usually find that longer placements are more beneficial. We are also willing to consider part-time trainees (eg. 1 or 2 days/week) whose placement would then be of a longer duration within the allocated period.
Although applications are welcome from all nationalities, for practical reasons priority will be given to EU nationals.
No requests can be accepted after the deadlines for the respective trainee periods, as follows:
May to July: 16 March
Mid-September to December: 16 June
January to April: 16 November
Please note that if you responded to the previous notice there is no need to reapply as your application will still be considered