Work for the EU

Working for the European Union offers many challenging and rewarding career paths. EU officials work alongside colleagues from other Member States managing the business of the European Union across a range of policy areas and advancing our wider interests in the world.

Since Ireland joined the EEC in 1973, many Irish people have pursued successful careers in the European institutions.

Applying to Work for the EU

The European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO) frequently opens recruitment competitions for a variety of roles within the EU institutions. Those who wish to apply for jobs within the institutions should familiarise themselves with the EPSO website. The calendar of recruitment competitions is a guideline to when competitions for specific roles will be launched.

European Union External Action Service High Level Traineeship Programme

** The closing date for applications has been extended to Friday 7 September 2012. **

The European Union External Action Service (EEAS) has launched a High Level Traineeship Programme in the Delegations of the European Union for Junior Professionals in the Delegation (JPD). The purpose of this programme is to enable young talented and promising university post-graduates who hold at least a Masters Degree from the Member States of the EU to gain first-hand experience in the work of Delegations and a deeper insight into their role in the implementation of EU external relations policies, including the Common Foreign Security Policy.

The EEAS will cover the expenses of two JPD/traineeship positions per EU Member State. Under this programme successful candidates will be offered a single traineeship agreement of a fixed term of nine months. This term may be renewed for a further nine months subject to mutual agreement. 


A full notification (PDF 162kb) is available in the "Related documents" tab below and further information on the programme, including the application form, can be found at:


NB re Section 7 of the application form:  Candidates are asked to state their preference for working in either EEAS or European Commission sections of the Delegations. Those candidates expressing an interest in EEAS positions should also complete the box, indicating Delegations of preference based on the EEAS Priority List No 1, of 54 countries (all reference documentation available from EEAS website – link above). Candidates favouring Commission positions should leave the box blank; the Commission list of priority Delegations will be made available in due course and candidates will then have an opportunity to state their preference.

Eligible candidates wishing to apply for the programme should complete and submit the relevant application form to   Late applications will not be considered.



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