Trainee programme

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The European Medicines Agency operates a trainee programme. The programme gives trainees an understanding of the Agency and its role within the activities of the European Union (EU) and provides professional experience in a working environment.


The trainee programme is aimed at university graduates at the beginning of their professional career. Applicants need to have:

  • EU or EEA nationality;
  • A university degree (minimum Bachelor level) by the deadline for applications;
  • A good command of English and knowledge of a second official EU language.

Successful candidates will typically have a background relating to the activities of the Agency, such as pharmacy, medicine, life sciences, healthcare, chemistry; information technologies; lawyers with an interest in pharmaceutical regulatory affairs; human resources; finance; communications, public relations, library and information science.

Traineeship duration

  • Maximum twelve months (i.e. six months renewable)
  • Maximum two traineeship intakes per year (on 1 October and 1 April)

Next traineeship intake

Start of traineeship: 1 October 2014

Deadline for receipt of application forms15 June 2014 at midnight GMT
Telephone contact with candidatesJuly-September 2014
Contract issuedBy end of August 2014

Number of traineeship positions in October 2014 intake: 45. 

Please note that the deadline for applications was 15 June 2014 at midnight GMT and has now expired. The Agency does not accept applications received after this deadline.

Traineeship grant

The Agency pays a maintenance grant of £1,350 net per month.

In line with the traineeship rules, the Agency pays a travel allowance to compensate for relocation to the UK and other costs at the start and end of the traineeship.

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