Internship

*** The call for applications for the FRA internship programme 2017-2018
is now CLOSED ***

What is it all about?

This internship scheme is addressed mainly to recent university graduates, without excluding those who – in the framework of lifelong learning - are at the beginning of a new professional career.

The aims of the internship at the FRA are:

  • To provide interns an understanding of the objectives and activities of the Agency’s role in ensuring full respect for fundamental rights across the EU.
  • To enable interns to acquire practical experience and knowledge of the day-to-day work of FRA Departments and sectors. To provide the opportunity to work in a multi-cultural, multi linguistic and multi-ethnic environment, contributing to the development of mutual understanding, trust and tolerance. To promote European integration within the spirit of new governance and through active participation to create awareness of true European citizenship.
  • To enable interns to put into practice knowledge acquired during their studies, and in particular in their specific areas of competence. To introduce these graduates to the professional world and the constraints, duties and opportunities therein.
  • To allow interns to contribute to the Agency’s mission in helping to make fundamental rights a reality for everyone in the EU.

Who can apply?

This type of internship is offered to graduates who have completed at least the first cycle of a higher education course (i.e. university education) and obtained a full degree or its equivalent by the closing date for applications.

Interns are selected from nationals of the Member States of the European Union (28) and EU candidate (Albania, FYR Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, and Turkey) and potential candidate (Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo*) countries.

Interns are requested to have a very good knowledge of English and another EU language. Internship places are offered in the following FRA Departments and sectors:

For detailed information about the eligibility criteria as well as the rights and duties of the interns, please consult our Rules governing the internship programme at the FRA and the FAQ. We recommend you read them carefully before submitting your application.

Please note that following the revision of the organisational structure at FRA on 16/12/2016, Article 5.2 – Application should read:

Candidates can apply for the following Departments, including the Director’s office:

  • Director’s office;
  • Corporate Services;
  • Equality and Citizens’ Rights;
  • Freedoms and Justice;
  • Fundamental Rights Promotion

The FRA is an equal opportunities employer and ensures that its recruitment procedures do not discriminate on any ground such as sex, race, colour, ethnic or social origin, genetic features, religion or belief, political or any other opinion, membership of a national minority, property, birth, disability, age, gender identity or sexual orientation.

Within the scope of application of the Treaty establishing the European Community and of the Treaty on the European Union, and without prejudice to the special provisions of those Treaties, any discrimination on grounds of nationality shall be prohibited.

FRA encourages candidates with disabilities to apply. If you consider yourself to have a physical, mental, intellectual or sensory disability please tick the appropriate box on the on-line application form and indicate any adjustments or arrangements needed in relation to your disability.

* This designation is without prejudice to positions on status, and is in line with UNSCR 1244 and the ICJ Opinion on the Kosovo Declaration of Independence.

Downloads: 

FRA Internship Programme 2017-2018 - Privacy statement

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Rules governing the Internship programme at the FRA - HRP/022/2015

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FRA Internship Programme 2017-2018 - FAQ

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