Traineeship program at EU Agency for Fundamental Rights in Vienna

Do you have at least a Bachelor’s Degree and are a nationals of a EU Member States or a EU candidate countries? The EU Agency for Fundamental Rights - FRA - offers traineeships for many students every year. Don’t let this opportunity pass you by: apply now!


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Organization/Company: The European Union established the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights - FRA - to provide independent, evidence-based assistance and expertise on fundamental rights to EU institutions and Member States. FRA is an independent EU body, funded by the Union’s budget.

They are responsible for taking large-scale surveys, carrying out comparative legal or social research and reviews handbooks for legal practitioners.

FRA also holds annual flagship fundamental rights conferences. These conferences bring together 300–400 key stakeholders, ranging from EU to national and local institutions, civil society organisations and practitioners, to discuss specific issues.

FRA maintains close links with relevant institutions and organisations at all levels:

- The European Parliament, the Council of the European Union, the European Commission and EU agencies

- National government authorities, particularly through its network of National Liaison Officers, who act as main contact points for FRA in Member States, and through thematic working groups on Roma and hate crime bringing together Member States’ representatives to develop good practices for implementation nationally

- International organisations, such as the Council of Europe, the United Nations and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE)

- Civil society organisations, academic institutions, equality bodies and national human rights institutions

FRA organises smaller meetings with governmental experts and other stakeholders to support the follow-up of its research findings. These meetings pool knowledge and highlight promising practices that could help address specific fundamental rights challenges.

FRA engages in structured dialogue with civil society through the Fundamental Rights Platform (FRP). The FRP is the agency’s channel for cooperation and information exchange with almost 400 civil society organisations, working on numerous fundamental rights issues across the EU. The platform brings together a diverse group of actors on the European, national and local levels. It is a unique forum that allows for a truly European debate on fundamental rights. The platform meets once a year.

A five-year Multi-annual Framework defines the nine thematic areas of FRA’s work:

- Access to justice

- Victims of crime, including compensation to victims

- Information society and, in particular, respect for private life and the protection of personal data

- Roma integration

- Judicial cooperation, except in criminal matters

- Rights of the child

- Discrimination

- Immigration and integration of migrants, visa and border control, and asylum

- Racism, xenophobia and related intolerance


Duty Station: Vienna


Open To: Graduated nationals from EU State Members


Timeframe: 3 to 12 months from October 1st, 2018


Deadline: Open


Job description: The aims of the traineeship at the FRA are:

- To provide trainees an understanding of the objectives and activities of the Agency’s role in ensuring full respect for fundamental rights across the EU

- To enable trainees to acquire practical experience and knowledge of the day-to-day work of FRA Departments and sectors. To provide the opportunity to work in a multi-cultural, multi linguistic and multi-ethnic environment, contributing to the development of mutual understanding, trust and tolerance

- To promote European integration within the spirit of new governance and through active participation to create awareness of true European citizenship

- To enable trainees to put into practice knowledge acquired during their studies, and in particular in their specific areas of competence

- To introduce these graduates to the professional world and the constraints, duties and opportunities therein

- To allow trainees to contribute to the Agency’s mission in helping to make fundamental rights a reality for everyone in the EU

Traineeship places are offered in the following FRA Departments and sectors:

- Director’s office

- Corporate Services

- Equality and Citizens’ Rights

- Freedoms and Justice

- Fundamental Rights Promotion


Qualifications: To be eligible for the traineeship, you must:

- Be a graduate who has completed at least the first cycle of a higher education course (i.e. university education) and obtained a full degree or its equivalent by the closing date for applications

- Be a national of the Member States of the European Union (28) and EU candidate (Albania, FYR Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia, and Turkey) and potential candidate (Bosnia and Herzegovina and Kosovo) countries

- Have a very good knowledge of English and another EU language


Wage: Planned, not specified the amount


Application process: In order to apply, you must fill in the Online Application Form you will find on the website page (see Useful links) and attach your Europass CV, only in .doc or .pdf format.


Useful links:

Link to the offer

FRA website

FRA Departments

Traineeship FAQs


Contact information:

European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights

Schwarzenbergplatz 11

A-1040 Vienna


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Tel: +43 1 580 30 - 0

Fax: +43 1 503 13 85

edited by Ruino Martina Pia


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