Frequently asked questions
What qualities are expected of trainees?
In order to qualify for a traineeship at the ECML you must hold at least a bachelor's degree (or equivalent) and have a good command of at least one of the Council of Europe’s working languages (English or French) though knowledge of both is advantageous and might make the difference in order to get selected. Trainees must be flexible, well organised and capable of working in an international team. Other requirements depend on the work area.
Who is eligible to apply?
Due to the high number of applications, preference is given to applicants from ECML member states or currently studying in ECML member states (see list of member states).
How long do traineeships last?
Traineeships run for a period of 6 months, twice a year, from January to June and from July to December. The application deadline for the January to June traineeship is 30 August, while the deadline for the July to December traineeship is the 28 February.
Is it possible to do an internship for a shorter period?
Generally this is not possible, except in special circumstances for example to support an exceptional event like a major conference.
What will my working hours be like?
Trainees work a total of 38 hours 45 minutes per week and are entitled to 12 days leave during the 6 month period, excluding public holidays. Working hours are flexible, but there are core hours which are to be observed; that is, all employees must be present between 09.00 and 12.00 and between 14.30 and 16.30.
Can I apply for more than one traineeship?
When you submit your application you specify which traineeship you are applying for and which is your second choice. When deciding which to apply for, consider your strengths and personal interests.
What will I be required to do as a trainee?
The work of the trainees depends on the work of the centre during the particular traineeship period, and, of course, on the traineeship undertaken. If there are specific questions that cannot be answered by our website, feel free to contact the current trainees.
Are the traineeships paid?
Trainees receive a subsistence allowance of approximately €720 per month, which is transferred by the Council of Europe at the end of each month. From this, a deduction of approximately € 20 is made each month from the trainees allowance to cover the costs of insurance during the stay.
No contribution is made by the ECML towards travel costs from the trainee's home country to and from Graz.
Do I have to be able to speak German in order to qualify for a traineeship?
It is not essential for you to speak German, however as the centre is located in a German speaking country, some knowledge of the language is definitely an asset. The centre will guide you in finding a language course if you decide to start learning German.
Where is the centre situated?
The ECML is right in the centre of Graz. This gives you a wide choice of restaurants and bars to eat lunch or just to have a coffee during the break.
How is life in Graz?
Every day offers a wide range of events, from interesting talks and readings to life music, opera and theatre performances. Graz is connected - to all lines. Although the best way to discover the city is on foot or by bike, the well developed public transport network offers a great deal of flexibility.
If you are into sports, Graz’s parks and forests provide a unique space for running or hiking. Since the city is surrounded by mountains, there are many opportunities to enjoy outdoor activities such as skiing or climbing. Graz is definitely a city to be explored. To find out more about Graz, click here.
Does the centre organise accommodation?
Although the centre does not provide accommodation for the trainees, it does have an agreement with a student residence in Graz where the majority of the trainees stay. The centre makes a reservation for three rooms during the whole year. To find out more see the information section of this website.