31 March 2017

Internship Programme 2017-2018


*** Please note that this Call for the Internship Programme 2017-2018 is now CLOSED. *** This internship scheme is addressed mainly to recent university graduates, without excluding those who – in the framework of life-long learning – are at the beginning of a new professional career.

Open until :

28/04/2017 13:00
Opening Date
31/03/2017 09:00

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.

How to apply?

  1. Prepare your CV in Europass format (other formats will not be considered). This document should be attached to the online application form;
  2. Complete one of the FRA online application forms for the department of your choice clearly indicating the Sector(s) of your choice and your motivation to apply:
  • Director’s office (INT-2017-DIR);
  • Corporate Services (INT-2017-CS);
  • Equality and Citizens’ Rights (INT-2017-ECR);
  • Freedoms and Justice (INT-2017-FJ);
  • Fundamental Rights Promotion (INT-2017-FRPD).

You can apply for only one of the FRA departments, including the Director’s office. Candidates applying for more than one department will be automatically rejected.

Applications that do not meet the eligibility criteria or are incorrectly submitted will be rejected. FRA will not return applications to candidates.

For further information on how to apply, please refer to the general application instructions.

No employment of any form can be offered following the end of the internship period unless through a recruitment procedure against a vacancy notice published on the FRA website.

Deadline for applications

The deadline for applications is 28 April 2017, at 13:00 (Vienna local time).

Indicative timing

The FRA offers 12 month paid internships starting on 1st September 2017 and 1st March 2018.

Procedure Timing

Deadline for receipt of applications

28 April 2017 at 13:00 Vienna local time

Screening of applications

May - June

Telephone contact with shortlisted candidates


Offer issued


Due to the great number of applications, only short-listed candidates will be contacted by e-mail. Any information about the closure of the selection and the award of the internships will be posted on the present page.

Learn more?

Applicants who require further information or wish to access or rectify data can contact us by e-mail, clearly indicating their application number, to: recruitment@fra.europa.eu

Data protection

The processing of personal data by the FRA is governed by Regulation (EC) N° 45/2001. By submitting an application for an internship, the applicant is understood, in the sense of Article 5 (d) of the Regulation, to have given his/her consent to the processing of the personal data contained in the application form and the supporting documents enclosed therewith. The provision of information requested in the application form and the supporting documents is obligatory. Incomplete applications will be excluded from the selection. The personal data in question is collected by the FRA for the sole purpose of the selection of interns.

*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.