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The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) Traineeship Programme 2024 for young Professionals.

Application Deadline:  29 April 2024 at 23.59 (Local time)

EFSA Traineeship Programme offers you a unique opportunity to join a team of professionals from all over the world working together in an international and multicultural environment on Science, Safe Food and Sustainability projects at the heart of European Food Safety activities.  EFSA is looking forward to welcoming motivated young talents from different academic and professional backgrounds (scientists, communication and legal professionals, IT experts, etc.). 

From scientists to communication specialists and the colleagues supporting our daily work, everyone at EFSA has a role to play in achieving our mission to keep food safe in the EU.

Your key objectives

You will be accompanied by an advisor who will guide and coach you throughout your traineeship. There is also a thriving Trainee Community where you can exchange experiences with your peers and build social networks that can last long past your traineeship. Within the assigned Unit, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Get a first-hand experience into the work of an European Union (EU) Agency, developing new competencies and skills in line with your personal interests and career goals; 
  • Contribute to the Unit agenda by supporting in drafting documents and reports, analysing data, handling scientific and/or administrative tasks, and ensuring prompt communication of outcomes;
  • Contribute to inspiring projects and specific activities with innovative ideas and solutions;
  • Contribute to the planning and monitoring of the Unit’s activities;
  • Grow through on-the-job learning and participate in various development initiatives. 

 Eligibility criteria

  1. Have already obtained a university degree of at least 3 years by the closing date of application (corresponding to a complete Bachelor’s cycle, or equivalent); 
  2. Have a very good knowledge of English (minimum level: B2 according to CEFR); 
  3. Have never been an EFSA trainee or employed by EFSA in any capacity, receiving any sort of remuneration.


EFSA Traineeship programme lasts for up to 12 months and offers you: 

  • A unique professional experience as part of a team of scientists and business professionals from all over the world, working together on inspiring projects and various tasks in an international, multicultural, and friendly environment;
  • An opportunity to get a taste of what an EU career is all about for an extended period (12 months) and experience that can act as a springboard for a number of career paths;
  • Exposure to different areas and networks in EFSA, while developing personal and professional competencies;
  • mentoring/advising relationship: as a trainee you will have an adviser who will be your main point of contact and will be responsible for the overall coordination of your traineeship;
  • modern working environment with flexible working arrangements to help balance professional and personal lives: besides working in EFSA’s modern headquarter located in the heart of Parma, as an EFSA trainee you are also offered the possibility to telework up to 60% per week from the distance reachable to Parma within approximately 3 hours. Such conditions will allow you to enjoy working not only from home, but also from the Dolomite Mountains or the Ligurian Sea coast, etc.;
  • A monthly grant of €1,463


  1. Work with others: work confidently within a group and contribute to achieving common goals; understand own role and how it supports the team and the organisation; be able to cooperate, listen actively, manage conflicts and motivate colleagues.  
  2. Plan and measure for results: set ambitious goals and create plans to achieve them. 
  3. Manage projects: ability to manage time, resources, and information in an effective manner to meet expected project results.
  4. Demonstrate political savvy and strategic agility: ability to look beyond the current situation and visualise what the future can bring, able to think in a creative and innovative way.
  5. Communication in English: strong written and verbal communication.

More Info: EFSA Traineeship Programme



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