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Traineeships at the ECML

The ECML offers traineeships, lasting in general 6 months, twice a year. According to their field of interest applicants can choose the main area in which they would like to be involved: organisation of events and meetings (Programme), documentation and resources (DRC), the Centre's website (Website) and finances and general administration (Administration). Traineeships are aimed at students who recently graduated. They must belong to or study in one of the ECML member states.


The ECML has offered traineeships since 1997. The scheme has proved a highly successful means of developing further contacts between the Centre and its member states. Recruiting young professionals from all over Europe to join its team for a short period both reinforces the Centre’s role as a place of international cooperation and promotes an atmosphere of intercultural learning. For the trainees it often represents their first experience of an international organisation. The scheme which the ECML now offers is the result of a learning process and is adapted to meet the needs both of the Centre and the trainees themselves.

Although we do not systematically follow the careers of our trainees, from our ongoing contacts we see that many have continued to work in the area of international cooperation. We would like to think that their stay at the Centre has influenced their decision in this respect.

Application deadline

15 February 2023 for the period April 2023 to September 2023

Application form

In order to apply for the traineeship, you should use the application form. Do not enclose any other document at this stage. (No CV, Euro-CV, etc) . We kindly ask you to describe your language skills in accordance to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. For an explanation on the six levels of proficiency, please, refer to the Council of Europe Language Policy Division's specific site on the European Language Portfolio.

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Please note: Your application will only be considered if you are from or live in one of our member states.
Please note: Only a correctly filled in ECML application form will be accepted. No Euro-CV's.

Vanja Davidovic

Vanja Davidovic
Web trainee

My name is Vanja and I come from Banja Luka, Bosnia and Herzegovina. Since I studied in Graz, I heard about the ECML and its work long before my traineeship and I was delighted to be given the opportunity to start my professional career there. Although I have a background in social sciences and languages, I did my traineeship in the Web and Design section. During this time I learned how to work with multilingual websites and how to use different programmes such as Indesign, Fireworks and Dreamweaver. By the end of my internship, I was also confident in understanding and writing code in HTML. Chris is a wonderful mentor who is very supportive, patient and always happy to help with any questions. The ECML is a really unique place where you get to meet amazing people and friends. In this international environment you can share your ideas with others, be creative but also gain practical knowledge. I feel very lucky to have had the opportunity to contribute to the work of the ECML and to be involved in several inspiring multilingual projects. I strongly encourage you to apply for a traineeship in the ECML, especially in the Website section, regardless of your background, because I am sure you will gain useful knowledge for your future career and meet wonderful people.

Justyna Galica

Justyna Galica
Programme trainee

My name is Justyna and I come from Poland. I was granted the opportunity to undertake the traineeship in the Programme section and from the first moment I absolutely fell in love with the ECML. During these six months I not only gained knowledge and practice but also had a chance to meet wonderful people. Being surrounded by this truly multilingual and multicultural environment was a great pleasure and being able to contribute to its success was a great satisfaction.

Although tasks of a trainee may sometimes seem of little importance they actually taught me a lot. I was never bored and I was never afraid to ask for help or explanation when I wasn't sure, which I think are two characteristics of a good learning environment. 

Traineeship in times of global pandemic was certainly unusual but not necessarily in a negative meaning. Of course, we didn't have a chance to experience any face-to-face events that would usually take place in the ECML but what we did experience was the process of exploring the possibilities of the new digital environment, both by language experts organising the events and participants taking part in them. I found witnessing these changes truly interesting.

I recommend taking the chance and applying for a traineeship to everyone. Being a part of this unique place, created by warm-hearted people who are professionals in what they do was definitely an unforgettable experience that I will cherish for a long time.

Ani Davtyan

Ani Davtyan
Administration trainee

When I was growing up, all I wanted to be was one of those people who are a well mix of different nationalities and cultures. Even though I did not have the power to go back and change my genetics I managed to grew up in Armenia, study in UK, work in Germany and as well as in Austria - that was an alternative way of absorbing various cultures, letting myself change with every location, adapting to the new circumstances while taking the lessons I learnt from the previous places with me. The traineeship in ECML gave me the chance to get a hint of Austrian abundant culture that I was very lucky to experience.

Last six months in ECML run away as a fast speed train, I started in the beginning of June and next day it was already the end of December but the me that started in June was not the me that ended in December. The traineeship stretched, pushed, and grew myself both as a professional and as a person. It was an amazing experience full of adventurous, educative challenges and most importantly with awesome people.

After five days of leaving Graz I look back and feel deeply grateful towards Graz for being cosy and hospitable, to the ECML for equipping me with life skills, to colleagues for being genuinely nice people, to my manager - Michael Armstrong - for being extremely kind, patient, friendly and for widely contributing to both my professional and personal growth -thank you for being on this journey with me. And to my life for giving me exactly what I needed for the time and putting a bigger pictures into perspective. Thanks from the bottom of my heart, sending my love to all of you wherever you are in the world. 

Aziza Sultanova

Aziza Sultanova
Web Trainee

My name is Aziza and I am from Uzbekistan. Even though my country is not part of the ECML, I was granted a chance to do my internship here due to fact that I study in France. During the past 5 years I lived in 3 different countries, France, Canada, and Austria, and had an opportunity to use all the languages I have learnt so far.

Graz was a nice surprise. Half a year ago, I could not say exactly where it is situated. However, since my very first day here, I appreciated its nice landscapes, beautiful architecture, and great location. As a true adventurer, I highly appreciate good connection to the neighbouring countries and cities. Well, Graz is beyond awesome regarding this, and I could travel a lot during my stay here.

Also, the dormitory was very good. At first, I was terrified to share the kitchen with 12 more people because I have never lived in a student dorm before. But soon, our kitchen became one of my favourite places as I could meet so many wonderful people from around the world.

Overall, I enjoyed my time in Graz. I was lucky to be part of a team and work with inspiring people by my side.

Iulia Manda

Iulia Manda
Web Trainee

Servus, here is Iulia Manda from Romania, but I like to consider myself a citizen of the world as I’ve been living out of Romania for already 2 years now.

This traineeship came as a suggestion from a good friend that did it 10 years ago, so I got the challenge and came to Graz for 6 months. I’ve been before in Graz and I always found it irresistible and exciting for living and working, image I didn’t change after my staying here.

You will find everything in Graz, is such a multicultural crossroad, going from one part to another of the city you will meet all kind of people from all the countries of the world wondering around the city making their living. You can get to experiment different kind of foods, cultures and languages like in a very interesting mixture.

Don’t stay in your room if you come to Graz, the real experience is out there in the unknown, go out and experience it by yourself. I get from this multicultural experience very dear friends, life lessons and skills I gathered during the ECML workshops, daily walks or random parties in Ausgarten or Stadpark.

I have just one small advice for the future trainees, come without expectations and experience all the new things you never thought you will do it in your life before.

Wish you a wonderful stay in Graz and uncountable experiences.

Big hugs, Iulia

Elena Olavarri

Elena Olavarri
Communication and
Resource Centre Trainee

Hello! My name is Elena Olavarri and I come from Cantabria, in the north of Spain. I studied Spanish Philology and I graduated with a Master’s Degree in Teaching Spanish as a Foreign Language. I have been the trainee at the Communication and Resource Centre at the ECML during the first half of 2017.

This traineeship comes after some other experiences studying and working abroad: Hungary, Belgium, Czech Republic, France...Nevertheless, this one has been my first experience living in a German-speaking country and working in such a deeply multilingual and multicultural environment. I also have to say that Graz is a really welcoming and international city, with plenty of interesting things to do and many worth to visit spots. Besides, if you like to travel, you can easily go to a lot of nice cities! Vienna, Trieste, Venice, Zagreb, Maribor, Munich or Budapest are just some of the places I have been able to visit during my six months in Austria.

If you are thinking to apply for a traineeship at the ECML, do not hesitate to do it! I can say from myself that I will keep very nice memories and good friends from the time I spent here.

Beatrice Neacsu

Beatrice Neacsu
Web Trainee

Hi! I am Beatrice Neacsu from Bucharest, Romania. I studied Journalism and Communication and after graduating from Bachelor’s degree program I did two traineeships, one in Brussels, Belgium at the European Parliament and one in Valencia, Spain for an employment organization. This is my third one, so I can easily call myself an expert.

Many trainees before me wrote about the professional aspect of this traineeship, so I will tell you a bit about life in Graz and what can you expect to find when you’ll move here.

Graz it’s not big, but not too small either. You have everything you need here, from nice shopping streets to bars, restaurants, delicious bakery products, impressive festivals, opera... Twenty minutes by tram from the city centre, you will find yourself in a quiet, relaxing place surrounded by hills and forest, with a running alley 2-3 km long. It’s also a bike-friendly city, so if you love cycling, you will like the city even more.

The dormitory in Mariatrost, the place where you will live if you choose to do so, it’s really nice. I heard it’s the best in town, but as I didn’t try the others, it can be only a rumour. You have your own room, which is small but cosy. It can be lonely sometimes, as people aren’t always open to speak in English (this happened in my unit), but you will have the other trainees in the same building with you. We used to meet in the TV room, on the 3rd floor (that’s the best one) and have a tea after work.

That’s it. I hope you will have a great time in Graz and if you have questions that I didn’t cover here, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I would be happy to hear from you.

Lenka Kernerová

Lenka Kernerová
Programme Trainee

My name is Lenka Kernerová and I come from the Czech Republic. I have Master´s degree in Applied Economics and French from the Palacký University in Olomouc. Within exchange programmes I had a chance to study at Charles de Gaulle University in Lille and later on I spent one year of my Master´s at the University of Granada in Spain. Apart of Czech, I am fluent in English, Spanish and French. I also manage to get by in German and Russian. 

I have always been attracted by multicultural environments having among many things worked for the International relations office at my university and last year for the Czech Centre in Paris. I have also used any free time for travelling and discovering new countries. 

The position of a Programme trainee at the ECML has turned out to be an incredible professional and human experience. I had the opportunity to work in a challenging area of project and event management while being a part of a truly plurilingual and multicultural team of amazing colleagues: learning how long-term international projects function and having first-hand contact with their participants while coordinating events. This experience was a great way of realizing and subsequently going beyond ones limits while constantly improving, learning and discovering new ways of communication and cooperation. I can be only grateful for these great six months with the kind and helpful ECML team in the beautiful city of Graz.