Young professionals

testimonial“First impressions matter. That’s why, after seeing that EFSA’s traineeship programme accepted non-EU trainees, I applied immediately. I wanted to gain experience in risk assessment methodologies in a European agency that produces top-notch science. It has been a great start, so far, the knowledge and experience level of the people around are very inspiring and stimulating which is motivating me to work harder and absorb as much as possible through my time here at EFSA. I believe this year will be an amazing learning experience with new friendships and chance to live in Italy.”

Berrak Eryasa, Turkey, is a trainee at Scientific Evaluation of Regulated Products Department

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EFSA offers paid traineeships as well as unpaid study visits to talented, highly qualified young professionals at the start of their careers, in a field of their choice.

We welcome applications from nationals of EU Member States, EFTA countries, and of countries benefiting from the EU pre-accession programme. A limited number of nationals of non-Member States are also accepted according to available resources and in accordance with the operational priorities of EFSA.

Good communication in English is a must (minimum level: B2 according to CEFR) as well as the ability to work cooperatively in a team and determination to constantly develop yourself.




An opportunity for young university graduates to have their first professional experience related to their field of specialisation in a European organisation committed to assessing food and feed safety in Europe.

  • Trainees at EFSA have the opportunity to immerse themselves in our work and in the European food safety system in general, experience that can act as a springboard for a number of career choices.
  • You will benefit from a challenging and rewarding experience in a field of your choice in a multicultural environment.
  • The content of your traineeship depends on the unit/team you are assigned to.
  • You should have acquired a university degree by the closing date for applications.
  • The programme lasts from 5 to 12 months.


Study Visits

An opportunity for PhD researchers, young graduates and university students to conduct interesting scientific projects in EFSA.

  • As a study visitor, you will develop your expertise through research or a project in a field of your choice within a multicultural environment.
  • The content of your study visit depends on the unit/team you are assigned to.
  • You should be a PhD researcher, a young university undergraduate or graduate.
  • The study visit may last a minimum of one month and a maximum of six.
  • For PhD candidates, the duration of the study visit may be up to 12 months and can be extended once or twice for a total duration not exceeding 24 months.