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DEADLINE: 31/07/2018
Next Sessions:
  • 1 October — 28 February

Applications: Open


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Applications: always open

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A standard traineeship has a duration of 3-5 months, starting either from 1st March or 1st October. Normally, there will be 16 standard traineeships available every year.


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The standard traineeship program is open to anyone who meets the following requirements:
  • Has an university degree (minimum 3 years of study)
  • Has a very good knowledge of English language
  • Has a very good knowledge of a second language - for EU nationals, this must be an EU official language.
Priority will be given to candidates who have never been working or training within a European Institution or Body.
For more detailed information read the “Rules Governing Traineeships at ERA”.


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At ERA we play an important role in the development of the Single European Railway Area (SERA), and invite you to help us achieving our ambitious goals. You will participate in real projects related to your specific background, along with the best professionals and within a welcoming and stimulating work environment.

A tutor will guide you during your stay. Depending on your competences you may also work in various fields not directly linked to railways, such as HR, budget/finance, IT, communication, engineering, legal.

You will receive a monthly grant of ca. €1,200, reimbursement of travel expenses, paid leaves and training opportunities reserved for the staff.

Our offices are sited in Valenciennes, in the north of France, only one hour away from Brussels and two hours from Paris. Both the local university and ERA Club organize social and sport activities and gatherings.


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Contribution to ERA’s everyday tasks with a fresh point of view. Proactive attitude and eagerness to learn and have a fruitful cooperation.

Trainees must have health coverage, whether provided by their countries’ healthcare systems, or private; we rely on you to organize your own health insurance during your stay with us.


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Two calls for applications are normally published, one in December (for the first session: March-July) and a second one in June (for the second session: October-February), and remains open for about a month each. Check the calendar at the beginning of this page to know if applications are open and when the deadline is fixed.

To apply for the next session fill in and submit the online form by clicking on the button the right pf this page, no later than the deadline. One of the documents you will be asked to attach is the Application Form you can find in the Related Documents section at the beginning of this page: be sure to complete it in all its parts.

Applications received after the deadline will not be taken into consideration.

We recommend you to read carefully all the materials in the Related Documents section before applying, particularly the Rules Governing Traineeships at ERA, which explain the application procedure in detail.

You may contact traineeships@era.europa.eu for further information.

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The student traineeship is meant to give high school and university students the opportunity to practice their skills in a real work environment as a part of their studies. It may last up to two months.


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The student traineeship program is open to students having an obligation to undergo a period of traineeship in their curricula. It is necessary to be enrolled in a student program throughout its entire duration.


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A traineeship at ERA is a unique opportunity to experience a truly international work environment. You will participate in the daily tasks of an EU agency and test your competences on the field.

Student trainees are not entitled for any grant or reimbursement whatsoever.


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Although no language skill is formally required, keep in mind that the working language at ERA is English, while most of the staff speak French as well. We therefore strongly recommend a sufficient knowledge of at least one of the two languages.


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Please send your application by email to the address traineeships@era.europa.eu. The use of English or French is strongly encouraged to facilitate the process. The application should contain your Curriculum Vitae in a Europass format  and a motivation letter stating the aim, the duration and the objectives of the traineeship.

A specific agreement between the School/University responsible for the trainee, the trainee him– or herself and the European Railway Agency will have to be prepared and signed in order to finalise the procedure. This document will state the objective(s) and the duration of the traineeship, will contain the contact details of the School/University, will declare that the trainee has a proper health insurance coverage and that the traineeship is unpaid.