What we offer

Our five-month traineeships offer a unique opportunity to learn about how the European Parliament works. More than that, trainees get to attend one plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg. Throughout their traineeship, trainees are supervised by an administrator from our Secretariat.

We offer five-month traineeships to EU citizens and candidates from associated and candidate countries. In addition, we also grant traineeships by way of derogation to a limited number of nationals from other countries.

As an equal opportunities employer, we encourage applications from young people with disabilities.

Financial support

The EPP Group covers the cost of your accommodation in Brussels with a monthly allowance of 1,300 EUR. We also cover your travel to and accommodation in Strasbourg.

Please note that while we do cover insurance against accidents, you’ll need to take out your own insurance against illness before starting your traineeship.

Who can apply

You can apply for a paid traineeship so long as:

  • You are a national of a Member State of the European Union or an associated or candidate country.
  • You have a university degree, have completed three years of study (at least six semesters) at a university or an equivalent institute of higher education or provide an attestation from the university stating that a traineeship is required in the framework of your studies.
  • You know two official EU languages well, one of which needs to be English, French or German. If you’re from a non-EU country, you only need to know at least one of the EU working languages (at B2 level or above).
  • You haven’t been granted a paid traineeship in any EU institution, and you haven’t already been in gainful employment since completing your studies.
How to apply

If you’re interested in applying for a traineeship, just complete our online application form.

Important note: You’ll also need to prepare some documentation in advance, such as letters of recommendation and copies of diplomas – you’ll find the details in the trainee description.

You can find further details about the EPP Group’s traineeships in the Rules.

Open calls for interest

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Young MP Erasmus

Our Young Member’s Network (YMN) launched its Young MP Erasmus Programme with two goals in mind: bringing national and European politicians closer together and creating a network of young politicians to work together to build the future of Europe.

The Young MP Erasmus Programme gives young MPs from EPP sister parties the chance to experience how the European Parliament works – and how EU legislation is drafted – for themselves. Participants spend one week in Brussels collaborating with young MEPs on a defined topic linked to their daily work. They take part in Group meetings, committee meetings and plenary sessions, and meet with influencers, decision-makers, voters and journalists. It’s a unique opportunity to both share ideas and develop personal relationships.

If you’re interested in applying for the programme, just send an e-mail to epp-youngmembers@europarl.europa.eu, and we’ll get in touch with you.

The EPP Group Young Members Network (YMN) will cover your accommodation and travel costs.

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Research grant

Our grant programme aims to help researchers interested in the history, role and impact of Christian Democracy on the process of European integration broaden their research. Offered once a year, it gives researchers access to primary sources at the Historical Archives of the European Union in Florence, the EPP Group’s archives in Brussels and/or the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) in Sankt Augustin, near Bonn.

If you are interested in applying, you’ll need to get your application in by the end of May, and we’ll let you know if you’ve been successful by the end of July. Successful applicants will receive a research grant of 5000 Euro to cover expenses related to accessing the primary sources.

If you’d like to know more about our annual research grant, check out Postgraduate Research Grant(s) on Christian Democracy and European Integration.

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