Cedefop offers paid traineeships to talented and highly qualified professionals at the start of their careers. It is an opportunity for them to have their first work experience related to their field of specialisation in a European organisation.

There is one annual intake, normally from October to July, which lasts up to 12 months


Who can apply?

  • Nationality - Citizens of EU Member States, Candidate Countries, or EFTA.
  • Education - Graduates who have completed university studies of at least 3 years (minimum EQF 6 level). A diploma or an official certificate from the university confirming that the degree has been awarded is necessary to be eligible to apply. Trainees may be required to hold a specific educational qualification.
  • Language - At least C1 level of English language in all dimensions as per the CEFR. For nationals of EU Member States only, at least C1 level of another EU official language (which can be the mother tongue) in all dimensions as per the CEFR.


Who can't apply?

  • Applicants who do not meet the requirements in the paragraph above by the closing day of the traineeship notice.
  • Candidates who have already benefited, for more than 6 weeks, from any kind of paid/unpaid traineeship or employment within an EU institution/body/agency/office.


How to apply

Online application - The application must be made using the online form via the Vacancies webpage. It is advisable to submit your application well ahead of the deadline in order to avoid possible problems approaching the closing date.

  • The online application must be completed in English.
  • Once your application has been successfully submitted, you will receive an automatic acknowledgement e-mail.
  • Applications sent by e-mail/post, will be rejected.
  • Due to the large number of applications received, Cedefop will send an automatic notification about the outcome of the procedure to all candidates but will not answer individual queries.

Supporting documents - Online applications must be accompanied by:

  • Curriculum vitae in English (preferably using the Europass CV).
  • Copy of the required university degree (if issued in any of the official EU languages, translation is not requested). Masters, PhD, language certificates may be included in the attachment for information.



Trainees are awarded a monthly maintenance grant. The amount, revised on a regular basis, is currently as follows:

  • EUR 1,233.69 per month for trainees from abroad, as well as trainees residing in Greece and living more than 50 km from Thessaloniki.
  • EUR 925.27 per month for trainees residing in Thessaloniki prior to the start of their traineeship.


Protection of personal data

Please refer to the Traineeship privacy statement.



Traineeship rules - superseded


Rules governing the traineeship programme at Cedefop


Updated version (14-09-2023) of Annex II to the Rules