Traineeships and Short-Term Study Visits in the European Food Safety Authority

What’s in it for you?

A paid traineeship or an unpaid short-term study visit with the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), the Agency of the European Union responsible for risk assessment regarding food and feed safety in Europe.

You will get an international experience in a European organisation having the opportunity to acquire understanding and practical knowledge of EFSA’s role and work.

What is the work like?

The content of your traineeship/short-term study visit depends on the Unit/Team you are assigned to. You may work in the field of Plant Health, Food Ingredients, Pesticides, Emerging Risks, Communications, Human Resources, Legal, Project Management, etc.

To get a better overview, you can consult:

What are the conditions?

We welcome applications from nationals of EU Member States, including Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland and of candidate countries benefiting from a pre-accession strategy.

You shall have the linguistic competence necessary to fully participate in the work of EFSA[1].
You will be selected on the basis of your qualifications[2].

Traineeships start on 1st May or on 1st October each year and shall last a minimum of 6 months and a maximum of 12 months. Trainees would receive a monthly grant of €1,071.19.

Short-term study visits start at any time of the year and shall last from 1 month to 6 months.

How to apply?

  • The new traineeship call for 2015 will be launched soon in February. Stay tuned!

What is the selection procedure?

Depending on the budget and office space available, once your application is assessed as eligible, you might be required to undergo a telephone or online interview to discuss reciprocal expectations and to check availability prior to the final decision.

EFSA is committed to avoid any bias in delivering its mission by ensuring full compliance with Articles 11 and 11a of the Staff Regulations and EFSA’s Policy on Independence. This is why candidates will be required to complete a Declaration with reference to Conflict of Interest and a Declaration with reference to relatives employed by EFSA.

The Executive Director takes the final decision on the basis of the unit/team’s recommendation and successful candidates will receive the offering letter by e-mail stating the starting date and duration of the traineeship, as well as a copy of the rules and any relevant information.

Due to the high number of application forms received, EFSA is not in a position to reply to unsuccessful candidates. Candidates who are not contacted in one month after the phone interview can assume they have not been selected.

Want to know more?

We encourage you to read carefully the EFSA Executive Director Decision of 22 January 2014 on the traineeship and short-term study visit schemes at EFSA:

Do you have any questions?

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[1] B2 level as minimum level in English accordingly to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages [CEFR]): CEFR

[2] Please see Title 1, Article 1 and Title 2, Article 2 on Eligibility: EFSA/HUCAP/DEC/148/2013 (Traineeship Decision)

[3] If you experience any problems, you are advised to save the application form on your desktop before you start filling it in and send it by e-mail as an attachment.