Join us as a trainee and help create a more effective, accountable, transparent and ethical administration in the European Union!
Our mission is to serve democracy by working with the institutions of the European Union to create a more effective, accountable, transparent and ethical administration.
We do this by dealing with complaints against European Union institutions and by conducting inquiries on our own initiative, encouraging transparency, and promoting an administrative culture of service. We build trust by encouraging dialogue between citizens and the European Union and by promoting the highest standards of accountability and transparency within the EU administration.
Our guiding principles are integrity, fairness, accountability, dialogue, and service.
The aim of this traineeship notice is to invite applications for traineeships for the following two traineeships periods beginning on:
- 1 September 2017
- 1 January 2018
For general information on the traineeships, for example, their aim, duration and scholarships, please refer to the Decision of the European Ombudsman concerning traineeships available on the Ombudsman’s website.
The European Ombudsman encourages applications from any person who has the requisite qualifications, without distinction as to sex, race, colour, ethnic or social origin, genetic features, language, religion or belief, political or any other opinion, membership of a national minority, property, birth, disability, age, or sexual orientation. Upon request, specific measures may be taken to ensure equal opportunities for applicants with disabilities.
For the upcoming two traineeship periods, the Ombudsman offers traineeships in the following three streams:
- European Public Administration
- Web development
In addition to the eligibility conditions set out in the Ombudsman’s decision concerning traineeships (see article 4), candidates should possess a degree or diploma in one of the following disciplines:
- Stream 1: political science or European studies or international affairs/relations or European public administration or Human Resources
- Stream 2: law
- Stream 3: IT, computer science or web development.
Candidates should fulfil the following selection criteria:
- in depth knowledge of EU administration and a very good understanding of the role of the European Ombudsman;
- very good understanding of EU policies;
- very good drafting skills in English;
- very good drafting skills in another official language of the European Union;
- very good communication and presentation skills;
- demonstrated research skills.
The typical responsibilities given to trainees include:
- Assist in the investigation of complaints: analyse complaints and involvement in inquiries conducted by the Ombudsman;
- Carry out research relevant to the Ombudsman’s activities;
- Assist in drafting information for the public in an accessible and easily understandable way
- Drafting decisions and related texts with a particular attention to plain and citizen friendly language;
- Drafting minutes of meetings.
Applications must be registered through the online application system on the Ombudsman’s website before: 31 March 2017.