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Do you want to gain professional experience at the leading institute in Europe dedicated to social sciences and humanities?

Every year, the European University Institute (EUI) publishes a number of traineeship opportunities for motivated talents from various academic and professional backgrounds.

This is a unique opportunity to work in a field of your choice, building your career in an international and multicultural research organisation with a worldwide academic reputation, while enjoying the cultural, social and recreational facilities in one of the most vibrant cities in the world, Florence.

The EUI offers two types of traineeships:

  • A paid traineeship of one year, or
  • An unpaid traineeship of a maximum length of 3 months

The traineeship is open to all eligible candidates without discrimination on any grounds, such as sex, gender, race, colour, ethnic or social origin, religion or belief, membership of a national minority, disability, age or sexual orientation. Learn more about equality, diversity and inclusiveness at the EUI.

Discover everything you need to know about traineeships and the selection process on this page. Your all-around experience in your career journey starts here at the EUI!

Why a traineeship at the EUI


Under the supervision of an experienced traineeship supervisor within an assigned unit and team, you will:

  • Gain a general overview of the goals of the EUI, a unique international research organisation for doctorate and post-doctorate studies and research;
  • Get first-hand experience of the activities of the EUI and its units;
  • Apply knowledge, acquired during your studies or professional occupation;
  • Develop new professional and personal skills through the daily work of the EUI’s units;
  • Contribute to exciting projects and activities within a diverse, multicultural, multilingual, and multinational environment.

The nature of your work will depend on the unit you are assigned to.

Traineeships may occur in the Library, in the ICT Service, at the Historical Archives of the European Union, in the academic units, or in one of the central administration services, including the office of the EUI Legal Advisor and Data Protection Officer.

Conditions for eligibility


May be considered for a traineeship, candidates who:

  • Are nationals of the Member States of the European Union and of candidate countries benefiting from a pre-accession strategy;
  • Have a good knowledge of English (CEFR level: B2 or above), and a satisfactory knowledge of another language of the European Union to the extent necessary to the performance of the duties.

A limited number of nationals of non-Member States may be accepted on the basis of a specific agreement and according to available resources. In accordance with President's Decision no. 40/2023, Ukrainian nationals are also eligible to apply.

To be considered for a paid traineeship, candidates should:

  • Have completed the first cycle of university studies and obtained a full degree or its equivalent by the closing date for applications. The minimum national qualifications required by the legislation in the country where the diploma was obtained are listed in the Annex (pdf);
  • Have obtained their last university diploma no longer than three years prior to the deadline for applications. The three years rule is not applicable to trainees enrolled in further university studies at the moment of their application for the traineeship at the EUI.

To be considered for an unpaid traineeship, candidates should:

  • Be currently enrolled in a recognised university degree programme;
  • Please note that unpaid traineeships are subject to the inter-institutional agreement between the candidate's home university/organisation and the EUI.

The following notice is provided for information purposes only and in no way replaces or substitutes the relevant Italian legislation.

According to the current Italian legislation (D.Lgs. 286/1998 and DPR 394/1999), non-EU/EEA trainees are eligible for a part-time traineeship which corresponds to an engagement of 20 hours per week. An engagement of 20 hours per week corresponds to a EUI grant of €690,00 per month (as from 1st January 2024). Trainees will have to comply with the incumbent Italian regulations on residence and visa obligations. They are required to be in the possession of all the documentation at the date of the beginning of the traineeship (as per Article 6(3) of the President's Decision no. 40/2023). Exceptions might be possible for international protection seekers, please refer to D.Lgs. 142/2015. It is strongly recommended to contact the Italian authorities for any information related to the above requirements.

Type and duration


The type and duration of a traineeship shall be:

A) Paid traineeship: one-year maximum duration. In justified cases, shorter traineeships may be granted provided that the minimum duration is 3 months.

The trainee will receive a grant of €1,380 per month (as from 1st January 2024). A remunerated trainee who is recruited from outside Florence is entitled to reimbursement of travel expenses actually incurred at the beginning and the end of the traineeship.

B) Unpaid traineeship for a period up to a maximum of 3 months.

Trainees admitted to a non-remunerated traineeship may receive a grant from their home university/organisation as defined by the inter-institutional agreement.

Traineeships should start on the 1st day of February, April, June, September, and November.

In both cases, health insurance is obligatory and can be obtained, upon request, through the Institute. Trainees are, by default, covered against the risk of accident by the collective policy that the Institute has taken out with Cigna Life Insurance Company NV/Cigna International Health Services BVBA (Policy Nr. 910.K88).

The complete provisions governing traineeships at the EUI can be found in President's decision no. 16/2023

Open calls for traineeship


Trainee within the Information and Communication Technology Service

  • Vacancy notice: V/TR/ICT/1/2024 (pdf)
  • Deadline for applications: open call for traineeship, no specific deadline
  • Fill in the online application form and upload documents as requested. Only applications submitted through the online application form will be accepted

Trainee within the Budget and Financial Affairs Service 

  • Vacancy notice V/TR/BFA/1/2024 (pdf)
  • Deadline for applications: 14 April 2024 at 23:59 CEST
  • Fill in the online application form and upload documents as requested. Only applications submitted through the online application form will be accepted

Archivist Trainee within the Historical Archives of the European Union

  • Vacancy notice HAR.1.OPEN.2023 (pdf)
  • Deadline for applications: open call for traineeship, no specific deadline
  • Fill in the online application form and upload documents as requested. Only applications submitted through the online application form will be accepted

Other traineeship opportunities:

Interested candidates can also submit a spontaneous application. Take a look at the application process below.

Spontaneous applications


If you wish to apply for a traineeship at the EUI, please fill in our online application form.

This is an automatised procedure. Your application will be considered successfully submitted once you receive an automatic email confirmation.

If you have technical difficulties with the online form, contact the EUI Helpdesk

Personal data will be processed in accordance with the EUI’s Data Protection Policy (President’s Decision no. 10/2019 regarding Data Protection at the EUI) as well as under the specific modalities outlined in the Privacy Statement for Trainees Selection and Recruitment Procedures.

Additional information


Only candidates who are invited for an interview will receive information on the selection status from the EUI. If you have not heard from us within the 3 months after having applied, you can assume your application has not been successful on that occasion, but please note you are welcome to apply for any other future vacancy of your interest.

Page last updated on 09 April 2024

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