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 careers. Applicants need to have:

  • European Union (EU) or European Economic Area 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 technology, law (with an interest in pharmaceutical regulatory affairs), human resources, finance, communications, public relations, or library and information science.

Traineeships last for a maximum of twelve months (two consecutive six-month contracts).

There are two possible traineeship intakes per year, starting on 1 October and 1 April. In the intake of 1 October 2015, 48 trainees started at the Agency.

The application process for the 2015 traineeship intake is now open. The Agency only accepts electronic application forms submitted via e-mail. The application form is located under 'related documents'. Please submit your completed applications to Applications e-mailed to any other address cannot be considered.




Deadline for receipt of application forms

15 June 2015

Sending of acknowledgement of receipt

Usually within two weeks

Telephone contact with candidates

July-September 2015

Contract issued

By end of August 2015


Traineeship grant

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

It also pays a travel allowance to compensate for relocation to the United Kingdom and other costs at the start and end of the traineeship.

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