Factsheet EDA Traineeship

The European Defence Agency Traineeship Programme is aimed at recent university graduates who want to transition to the world of work in an organization at the heart of defence cooperation in Europe.

An EDA traineeship will give you:

  • a unique insight into the policies and processes for the development of European defence capabilities
  • an opportunity to apply the knowledge acquired during your studies
  • exposure to a multicultural and dynamic professional environment


  • Marta DUDA

    The traineeship in EDA was a real kick-off to my professional career and let me acquire experiences and knowledge useful in my current job as a diplomat in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland. Not to mention the wonderful and inspiring colleagues I was lucky to work with and learn from in EDA – in uniforms or not, they were a source of valuable professional advice as well as – simply – outstandingly nice people to work with and meet.

  • Oleg REMIZOV

    It has been an incredible experience working as part of the Media and Communication team at the EDA. This traineeship helped me to develop my professional skills that proved to be essential in my current work at NATO. I highly recommend this opportunity at the EDA to all the young professionals seeking to kickstart their career in their respective field.

  • Georgios

    The EDA traineeship was a great opportunity to obtain technical knowledge on issues of defense and security, learn from highly qualified colleagues, and obtain high level policy experience. It equipped me with concrete skills to successfully join the job market. Currently I am a policy advisor at the Lead Opposition Party in Greece, and serve as its Deputy Secretary for International Relations & EU policy.

What we look for

To be considered eligible, applicants must satisfy all of the following requirements by the deadline for submission of applications:

  • Nationality: be a national of a Member States participating in the Agency;
  • Educational qualifications:have completed at least the first (minimum three-year) cycle of a higher education course (university education) and obtained a full degree or its equivalent by the closing date for applications;
  • Languages: applicants must have a very good knowledge of at least two participating Member States languages of which one must be English as it is EDA’s main working language. The knowledge of additional participating Member States languages is an asset;
  • Background related to the EDA’s operational activities: educational background in a field relevant to the activities of the Directorate/Unit the trainee applies for and is allocated to;
  • Personnel Security Clearance Certificate (PSCC). For more info, see FAQs

Traineeships are open to applicants who have not previously undertaken a paid or unpaid traineeship or any kind of employment in another European institution or a body and which lasted for more than six weeks. 

Timing and duration

Traineeships start in September and begin either on the 1st or on the 16th of the month. Placements are typically offered for a fixed period of twelve months.


Financial matters

Trainees are awarded a monthly allowance that currently amounts to 1.220,78 EUR/month.

Disabled trainees may receive a supplement to their monthly allowance equal to a maximum of 50% of the amount of the allowance, to help cover extra expenses (e.g. transport, cost of special accommodation) related to their disability.

Health and accident insurance is mandatory (see FAQs).

For additional information about the traineeship programme please refer to the FAQs or contact us by e-mail.


Available Traineeships

Candidates can apply for a maximum of 2 traineeships and are requested to indicate an order of preference in their motivation letter.


  • Multiple applications
    As stated in paragraph “9. APPLICATION PROCEDURE” of the traineeship vacancy notices, candidates may not apply for more than 3 trainee profiles and are requested to indicate an order of preference in their motivation letter. Candidates who submit more than 3 applications will not be considered.
  • Trainee Media and Communication – CORRIGENDUM
    A corrigendum of the vacancy notice “Trainee Media and Communication” has been published. Under section “5.2 Essential criteria” of the vacancy notice, the (b) Linguistic requirements have been revised as follows: “Very good knowledge of written and spoken French (level B2 minimum)” instead of “Excellent knowledge of written and spoken French (level C2)”.





Participating Member States

  • Belgium
  • Bulgaria
  • Czech
  • Germany
  • Estonia
  • Ireland
  • Greece
  • Spain
  • France
  • Croatia
  • Italy
  • Cyprus
  • Latvia
  • Lithuania
  • Luxembourg
  • Hungary
  • Malta
  • Netherlands
  • Austria
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Slovenia
  • Slovakia
  • Finland
  • Sweden