European institutions and international organisations offer internship opportunities within the various administrative sectors that are aimed at young people coming from EU and Non-EU countries with high competencies. Every year, a growing percentage of DAES students are selected and offered internship opportunities from the main European institutions according to each institution’s selection procedure.

Please note that these internship selection procedures follow an independent itinerary with expiry dates and procedures that are public at the European and international levels. All the relevant information can be found on the various websites of institutions and international organisations.

A brief list of the main European institutions that offer internship opportunities is given below.

Student at the EP

Institutions of the European Union

European Parliament – represents the EU citizens and is directly elected by the EU citizens;

Council of the European Union – represents the single EU Member States;

European Commission – defends the general interests of the European Union;

Court of Justice of the European Union – ensures the respect and equal interpretation of EU law;

European Central Bank – manages the EU monetary policy through maintaining the Euro’s purchasing power and thus price stability in the “Euro area”;

European Court of Auditors – verifies the legality and regularity of the receipts and expenditures of the European Union.


Financial bodies

European Investment Bank – contributes towards the integration, balanced development and economic and social cohesion of the EU Member States;

European Investment Fund – carries out activities centred upon two areas, venture capital and guarantees, in favour of SMEs.


Advisory bodies

European Economic and Social Committee – gives representatives of Europe’s socio-occupational interest groups, and others, a formal platform to express their points of views on EU issues;

Committee of the Regions – provides local and regional authorities with a voice at the heart of the European Union.


Other bodies

European Ombudsman – offers the opportunity to any EU citizen, firm or institution considering themselves to be a victim of poor administration by the institutions or bodies of the European Union to lodge a complaint;

European Data Protection Supervisor – independent supervisory authority devoted to protecting personal data and privacy and promoting good practice in the EU institutions and bodies.


Agencies of the European Union

Common Security and Defence policy agencies – carry out specific technical, scientific and management tasks in the field of common and security policy (former “second pillar” of the European Union);

Police and judicial cooperation in criminal matters agencies – help EU Member States co-operate in the fight against organised international crime (former “third pillar” of the European Union);

“Community” agencies – carry out specific technical, scientific or management tasks within the “Community” environment (former “first pillar” of the European Union);

Executive agencies – manage EU programmes;

EURATOM agencies and bodies – support the aims of the European Atomic Energy Community;

European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) – pools the best scientific, business and education resources to boost the European Union’s innovation capacity.