Summer time is here and along with it, new chances await you all over Europe. As an accredited Youth NGO focused on international mobility (Erasmus+ and ESC programmes), and as an official Eurodesk Multiplier, in Smokinya Foundation we have decided to bring you five interesting opportunities abroad, from traineeships to volunteerings, which will allow you to achieve relevant professional experience and improve your academic background regarding the development of your future career .

Thereby, do not let pass the moment and take a look now, deadlines are close! And of course, if you have not heard about Eurodeskclick here and discover a true new horizon of possibilities!

1. Traineeships in the EU Delegations

Did you know that the European Union has its own diplomatic service called European External Action Service (EEAS)? It supports Josep Borrell, the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy to implement and carry out the EU’s common Foreign and Security Policy. According to this, the European Union has hundreds of delegations/embassies located around the world, and fortunately for you, all of them offer a 6 months paid traineeship program for young graduates. Policies, press, information, translation… You choose the section that responds better to your interests. Thus, whether you:

  • Are +18 years old.
  • Are an European citizen, a citizen of a third country which has concluded the accession process to the EU or a national citizen of the hosting country.
  • Have a Bachelor’s Degree.
  • Have not been granted with a previous traineeship in the EU or have worked more than 6 weeks in a EU institution, agency or office.
  • Have fluency in English and a good command of the language of the country of the delegation.

This could be your chance! Would you like to apply? Read more details here.

2. Traineeships in the European Court of Justice

Do you have an academic background in Law? It is your lucky day! The European Court of Justice has opened a new round of paid traineeships up to five months that we are sure, could give you the professional experience that you are looking for to take a big step in your career as a lawyer, judge, accountant or politician. The Research and Documentation Directorate, the Press and Information Service, the General Directorate for Translation…. There are so many fields where you can be trained! Does your profile fit with these formalities?

  • Be +18 years old.
  • Be an EU citizen.
  • Have a Bachelor’s Degree in Law or Political Science.
  • Have a perfect knowledge of one of the official languages of the EU (C2) and a good knowledge of a second one (B2/C1). Being capable of communicating in French is also highly recommended.

If so, and you believe that you have what they need, then go ahead and get what you deserve! The European Institutions are wishing to receive motivated young people willing to work on the EU project. Read more about its formalities and how to apply here.

3. Traineeships in the European Medicines Agency

Are you studying to become a doctor? Are you engage in Pharmacy? Or maybe you have a scientific profile? Whatever you answer is, it does not matter; the European Union is calling for you. In this way, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) is giving the chance to university students and recent graduates to take part in a 10 month paid traineeship program which will provide them not only a better understanding about the important role of the Agency in the European Union, but also and particularly to acquire practical knowledge in one of its different units, earning a remarkable professional experience in the field of medical research. What are you waiting for? You only need to:

  • Be +18 years old.
  • Be an EU citizen or live in the European Economic Area (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway)
  • Be involved in a Bachelor’s Degree, have recently finished your degree (up to 12 months after the graduation), or be engaged at the university on a Erasmus+ programme.
  • Have a specific Bachelor’s Degree in line with the unit where the traineeship is going to be performed.
  • Have a good command of English (C1 level) and knowledge of another official language of the EU (B2).

Does it sound interesting for a live safer like you? Check more formal details here.

4. United Nations Volunteer Programme

Do you want to make a real change in the world? Stop complaining about the current situation and start to take true actions? We are glad to announce that now you have an opportunity. Answering the Secretary General’s call, United Nations have decided to create an specific category for people willing to work as volunteers, with the aim of involving them in the development of peace initiatives, wheather abroad or in their respective countries for a period between 6-24 months.

Thus, the UN have open several working fields where volunteers can develop their projects, from human rights, climate change or primary health care, to disaster management or peace building. What else can you ask for? Apply now, improve your skills by earning a deep understanding about how international relationships work and live the experience of your life while you make the world a bit better! Check the requirements here.

5. GreenPeace Volunteer Programme

Do you consider yourself as a proactive changemaker? Are you worried about the climatic situation in our planet? If so and guarantee the protection of our flora and faune is also your priority, we believe that you can be really interested in this post. Why? Because Greenpeace allows you to take part in their activities, events and projects thanks to its volunteering programme, specially focused on young people. In this way, you can support the international organization in so many ways!

Create your own campaign, share and manage their social media content, organise local marches or even come in a big boat and sail the seven seas to defend our rivers, animals and seer which are in serious danger. That decision absolutely depends on you! Click here to find out more details about how to apply to this opportunity. Just hurry up, the time is now!


As you already know, in Smokinya Foundation we are determined to show you all the opportunities that are available for your personal and professional development out there, so if you are interested in these topics but you still have doubts, do not hesitate to write us at, we will be more than glad to support you. By the way, do not forget to keep an eye on our social media and sign up for our newsletter!

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