Links to Europe

One of our goals as INES is to facilitate the students’ entry into the working world. On this page we have collected some information for that matter. Should any questions arise we are happy to answer them. The members of our network can moreover profit from the pool of knowledge of the other INES-fellows.

Job exchanges with a European focus

There are many job exchanges with even more job offers. However, we would like to point to some special ones:

Job opportunities in the European institutional landscape

On the website of the European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO) there is more information on the selection process, the requirements and the working conditions for jobs with the European Commission. There you can also find the contact details of the offices in Brussels and Luxembourg which are responsible for hiring personnel.

However, graduates of European Studies will not only find jobs with the Commission. There are many more institutions which offer interesting posts, for example:

  • Council of the European Union
  • European Court of Justice
  • European Court of Auditors
  • European Economic and Social Committee
  • Committee of the Regions
  • European Investment Bank
  • European Parliament

The institutions named above pursue an independent hiring policy. However, the selection processes are often conducted in alliance with other institutions. Usually there are similar requirements with view to the maximum age of the applicants as well as the level of the wages. Yet, other requirements such as previous work experience may differ significantly. For all civil servants of the European Union with the exception of those working for the European Investment Bank the Staff Regulations of Officials of the European Union is applicable.

Apart from the institutions mentioned above, there are also some decentralized ones in the European Union, e.g. the European Agencies, that hire their staff themselves. The Commission will provide more information.
Another exception are the offices of the Members of the European Parliament, who select their staff independently. So those who are not willing to submit themselves to the complex application procedure might find their way into the European institutional landscape this way.

Yet, whoever is seeking a professional future with the European Commission will most probably not be able to enter it through the back door. Due to the large amount of applications from the different member states, the Commission has started a pre-selection process modelled after the French ‘Concours’. The procedure comprises of three levels. In the beginning there is a multiple choice test examining general knowledge, knowledge about the EU and language skills. The second step is a written exam in which the applicants have to fulfil practical tasks. Those who make it to the third stage will be invited to an oral exam. While the first two tests are conducted decentralized in the various member states, the oral exam is carried out in Brussels.

Internships

Twice a year, for five months, the European Commission offers internships – so called ‘stages’ – to young graduates and civil servants so that they may gather experiences in the field.

It is also possible to do an internship with European Parliament. Such work experiences are offered to translators and interpreters as well as for the formation of young EU-citizens. In accordance with what was said above, the MEPs choose their staff and interns themselves.
Study visits, which are to be distinguished from internships, serve in-depths studies for which it is necessary to examine documents in the libraries, the archives of the European Parliament or to establish a direct contact to the MEPs and administration. Those study visits are limited to a maximum duration of one month.