Based in Strasbourg, the European Ombudsman investigates complaints about administration by EU institutions or other EU bodies. These may be lodged by citizens or residents of EU countries or by EU-based associations or businesses.
If you are interested in working for the European Ombudsman's Office, you should regularly consult this website where you will find all the necessary information concerning future selection procedures.
The European Ombudsman offers traineeships to university or higher education graduates with a keen interest in European Union public administration and, in particular, in how the EU administration relates to citizens.
The traineeships are intended to provide recent graduates with practical experience of the work of the European Ombudsman and to enable them to build on the knowledge and skills acquired during their studies. The tasks of trainees, depending on the stream of the particular traineeship will include assisting in the investigation of complaints, assisting in the area of media and communications, work on IT projects or on research relevant to the work of the Ombudsman. Trainees work under the direct supervision of an official or agent of the European Ombudsman, normally a Head of Unit or equivalent.
Who can apply: Nationals of a Member State of the EU, or of a candidate country for accession to the EU, with a degree or diploma of at least 3 years in one of the following disciplines: Political Science, European Studies, International Relations, European Public Administration, Human Resources, Law, Audit and Economics
Duration: minimum 4 months, with a possible extension of 8 more months (depending on performance) – for a total of maximum 12 months
Paid: Yes. Around 1.300€ per month in Brussels and around 1.500€ per month in Strasbourg.
Starting Dates: 1 January and 1 September