The European Court of Auditors organises three traineeship sessions per year in areas of interest to its work. In addition to considering general traineeship applications, the Court will pay particular attention to applications from candidates with profiles in the areas of IT audit and data science, in line with its 2021-2025 development plan for making better use of technology and data in audit. They may be paid (1 500 euros/month) or unpaid, depending on the budgetary appropriations available.
As from 1 October 2020, the three sessions will cover the following periods:
- from 1 March to 31 July of the same calendar year;
- from 1 May to 30 September of the same calendar year;
- from 1 October of one calendar year until 28 (29) February of the next.
During these three sessions, each traineeship may last from three to five months.
In order to be eligible for a traineeship, applicants must:
- be a national of one of the Member States of the European Union, except where an exception has been granted by the appointing authority;
- either hold a recognised university-level diploma giving access to the AD function group(*) as defined in the Staff Regulations of Officials of the European Union, or have completed at least four semesters of university study in an area of interest to the Court;
- wish to obtain practical training related to one of the Court’s areas of activity;
- not already have benefited from a traineeship (paid or unpaid) at any EU institution, body or agency, including the European Central Bank and the European Investment Bank;
- state that they have a thorough knowledge of one official EU language and a satisfactory knowledge of at least one other official EU language;
- not previously have been or are not, at the time of application, employed in an EU institution, body or agency as a member of the temporary staff, contract staff, auxiliary contract staff, employment agency staff, as a national expert on secondment to an EU institution, body or agency, or as an assistant to a Member of the European Parliament.
Applicants who are selected must provide a recent certificate, as drawn up for civil-service employment purposes by their national authorities, stating that they have never been convicted or found guilty of a criminal offence, and a medical certificate stating that they are physically fit to perform their duties.
Applicants with a disability are not required to produce such a certificate, which is replaced in their case by a certificate from their family doctor stating that they are able to function effectively in the workplace if appropriate arrangements are made.
Before applying, please note the following important information:
- Due to the high volume of applications, we do not respond to each individual applicant.
- Only online applications will be processed. Unsolicited applications or CVs sent by post, fax or e-mail will not be accepted.
- Only successful applicants will be contacted by the Court’s Human Resources department.
- No traineeships can be granted outside the sessions listed below.
A level of education which corresponds to completed university studies of at least three years, as attested by a diploma.