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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.

Overview

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

31 January 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.
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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.


Ekaterina Mandova

Ekaterina Mandova
Website Trainee

My name is Ekaterina Mandova and I come from Plovdiv, Bulgaria. I have obtained a Bachelor degree in Indian studies. In Bulgaria I worked as an English tutor for four years. Afterwards, I carried out a European Volunteer Service in a community radio in Salzburg, Austria. As far as languages are concerned apart from English and Bulgarian, I speak German, Hindi and Urdu.

The Website traineeship brought me more than a professional experience. It was an amazing opportunity to work in a team of language experts and to get acquainted with an institution of the Council of Europe. It was also a rare chance to combine my language knowledge with my online editing and website developing interests.

Ellen van den Broek
Programme Trainee

Ellen van den Broek

My name is Ellen van den Broek and I come from Nijmegen, the Netherlands. I finished my Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Linguistics with a specialization in multilingualism and language education at Radboud University Nijmegen. I worked as a junior researcher in the field of bilingual primary education at Utrecht University and as part of my graduate programme I also studied and worked as a teaching assistant at Stockholm University, Sweden.

The Programme traineeship was a perfect opportunity for me to put my acquired skills into practice and to gain more insight in how language education policies and practices are brought together. My time at the ECML has been a great experience, on a professional as well as on a personal level, and working in a stimulating and multilingual working environment with such great colleagues truly made this an unforgettable experience. 


Gabrielė Gedvilaitė

 
Gabrielė Gedvilaitė
Website Trainee
 

My name is Gabrielė Gedvilaitė and I come from Šiauliai, Lithuania. I obtained a bachelor degree in Communication and Information with a specialization in journalism. Beside my mother tongue, I speak English and French and I have the basics of Russian and Spanish. 

This traineeship brought me more than I expected. It was a great opportunity to know more about the work of the European institution and the processes of language education development all over Europe. Working in the international environment, meeting people from all member countries and implementing foreign languages in my daily working routine was a very valuable experience. 

Moreover, I believe that the ECML is a place where you can feel free to share your own ideas and visions and also, implement your knowledge, skills and creativity in many ways (for example, trainees' project). What is more, I think that this traineeship is a great stepping stone for those who want to pursue their careers or studies abroad. Being a trainee at the ECML brought me more than professional skills. It was also a chance to live in an amazing city, explore the country, culture and people.


Adina Stan

 
Adina Stan
Ressource Centre Trainee
 

My name is Adina Stan and I come from Romania. I studied Portuguese, French and English and I have a Master’s degree in media communication. The traineeship in the Documentation, Resource and Communication Centre offered me the opportunity to work in a pleasant multicultural environment, to expand my horizons, and to improve my language skills. I had the unique chance to work with professionals in language education, to learn new things and to develop new skills.

I truly believe that a traineeship at the ECML is a great opportunity for every graduate. Besides the work itself, the traineeship has the main ingredients for an unforgettable experience: kind people to work with and a wonderful city to live in.


Ivana Simić

 
Ivana Simić
Programme Trainee
 

My name is Ivana Simić. I come from Šabac, Serbia and I finished my undergraduate studies in English language and literature at the University of Novi Sad. I am in the process of completing my Joint Master’s Degree in English and American Studies at the University of Graz, with specialization in general and applied linguistics. Currently, I am also working as a consultant for the CARAP / FREPA project, which is a direct continuation of my work as a Programme Trainee. The languages I speak are Serbian, English, German and Spanish, and I have dabbed into French and Chinese as well.

Being a Programme Trainee at the European Centre for Modern Languages proved to be an extremely valuable experience for me, both professionally and personally. This traineeship was a unique opportunity to step into the world of an international, multilingual institution the ECML is and learn how it functions day to day. It taught me how to deal with problems on the go, enabled me to hone my organizational and administrative skills and work on some of the ECML’s project at first hand. But most importantly, what made this experience the way it is was the chance to meet and work with professional, warm-hearted people eager to welcome you to their small community and teach you everything they know – and I would do all of it again anytime.


Chelsea Smith

 
Chelsea Smith
Website Trainee
 

My name is Chelsea Smith and I come from Calgary, Alberta Canada.  I am in the process of completing my Master of Science degree in International and Comparative Education from the University of Oxford.  My undergraduate work was in English literature and language as well as cultural studies.  I have worked in France, England, Cuba, Canada and the United States of America in the area of education.  More specifically, language education and policy have always been of particular interest to me.  The languages that I speak are English, French and Spanish and now here in Graz I will also try to learn German. 

I applied to the European Centre for Modern Languages to gain practical experience in the area of international language education.  I was very keen to learn more about international organizations as well as the role that they play in education on an international, national and local scale.  During my time here, I will be involved with the website of the ECML.  Right now is a particularly exciting time because the ECML are preparing for a new website launch as well at the European Day of Languages which takes place on 26th September each year. 

Although I have not yet completed my traineeship, I feel that this experience will provide an excellent grounding in the professional side of an international organization that focuses on language and education.  What’s more, it is an incredibly valuable experience to be a part of such an innovative, multicultural and plurilingual environment each day.  I feel that the trainee experience provides a very rich and practical insight into the work of an international organization on a global scale.


Elena Borisova

 
Elena Borisova
Administration Trainee
 

My name is Elena Borisova and I come from Shumen, Bulgaria. I received my BA degree in English and American Studies and my MA degree in Translation at the University of Sofia. I have studied English and German in Austria, Germany and Luxembourg. I have been a trainee at the Bulgarian Ministry of Education, Youth and Science, a Comenius Assistant and a Teaching Assistant at the University of Sofia.
My philological and teaching background as well as long-time keen personal interest in literary translation and LSP have served as a starting point for many of my extracurricular activities and convinced me in the absolute necessity of quality language education and international experience as part of the maturing process of young individuals.

As the Finance and Administration trainee at the ECML I get to do precisely what I personally feel most suited for - an administrative position rather than one situated at the implementation end of educational practices. Day-to-day duties involve data processing in WinDream and the ECML database. Prior to ECML events I provide assistance with financial documentation, and once the event has taken place, it is my responsibility to save and double-check the information sent out to Strasbourg.

Training at the ECML is most definitely a great opportunity to see plurilingualism actually happening: in the workplace, in the process of language policy-making, in the attitude of everyone partial to language education.