Traineeships at the European Parliament Liaison Office in the UK
In 2021, the European Parliament Liaison Office in the UK will offer two periods of traineeships:
1st March – 31st May, with an option to extend from 1st June – 31st July
1st October – 31st December, with an option to extend from 1st January 2022 – 28th February 2022
The application procedure for the first period will begin in mid-November and full details of how to apply will be published on this page in due course.
What we do
Our job is to raise awareness of the European Parliament – how it works and what it does within the EU institutions. Our main tasks are to:
- perform a liaison function for the EP with the Westminster and devolved parliaments. We help organize high-level visits by delegations of MEPs to the UK, and we follow the work of relevant British parliamentary committees
- engage with the public and civil society. We hold events at Europe House and across the country, bringing stakeholders and the public together with politicians, academics and think-tanks. We also offer presentations and talks to universities and interest groups on the role of the EP
- be a contact point for EU nationals resident in the UK, providing them with information about the European Parliament and encouraging them to vote in the five-yearly elections
- hold cultural events to showcase the talent of artists from or interested in the EU
- do youth outreach. We work with schools, teachers and anyone interested in active citizenship to encourage higher levels of knowledge about the institution and the EU generally
- work with the media. We keep them updated with stories from Brussels and Strasbourg, answer queries, hold press briefings and offer journalists the chance to visit the EP. We also correct lies and fake news, and have an active social media presence
- forge links with trade bodies, professions, business, academia, NGOs and anyone else with an interest in European affairs and the role of the EP.
- Our office is located in Europe House, Smith Square, in the heart of Westminster. We occupy the same building as the Delegation of the European Union in the UK.
Who is eligible for the European Parliament Liaison Office internship
Please check you meet all the criteria before applying. We welcome applications from:
- UK citizens and others with the right to work in the UK.
- University graduates. Candidates need to have completed studies at least at undergraduate level, and must be able to provide an undergraduate or postgraduate diploma/official transcript at least one month before the beginning of the internship.
- Candidates available for a full-time internship. We regret it is not possible to accommodate part-time arrangements.
- Candidates who have previously gained two consecutive months or more work experience (including internships) at any European Union institution are not eligible.
- EU citizens and others: Please note that it is also possible to apply for the Robert Schuman traineeship at the European Parliament's offices in Brussels, Strasbourg, Luxembourg and in EU Member States. This is primarily aimed at citizens of EU member states and accession/candidate countries, however a limited number of traineeships can be offered to nationals of other countries.