European University Institute – Paid Traineeship (Italy)


Location: Florence, Italy

Closing date: Ongoing

The European University Institute has a year long paid traineeship available for a recent graduate. The role involves everything from short news pieces to longer features writing, as well as interviews and a social media component. It’s a great opportunity for someone to learn by doing, while living in Italy at the same time.


Type and Duration:

  • 12 months, full time (Monday to Friday).
  • From June 2014 to June 2015

Conditions for eligibility:

  • Student must have graduated from a journalism university programme and have proven work experience in the field (min. 6 months traineeship).

The EUI will consider candidates who:

A) Are studying for a first (post-secondary education) degree and are in the process of obtaining the qualification in which the training is part of the curriculum; OR

B) Are involved in a vocational training programme; OR

C) Have obtained the above (A or B) qualification no longer than 18 months prior to the beginning of the traineeship; OR

D) Are civil servants of a European Union member state.

  • Candidates must be native English speakers; knowledge of another European language may be an advantage but this is not a requirement.

IMPORTANT: please note that persons who do not meet the conditions above should not apply and will not receive any response if they choose to do so.

Required skills and experience:

  • Excellent communication skills;
  • Social media experience;
  • Good time management and organisational skills;
  • Ability to work in an international team.


  • Maintenance grants of 1,240 Euros per month;
  • A discount of 40 per cent at the EUI canteen;
  • Travel cost reimbursement for the journey to Italy and final return trip is provided.

 Daily tasks:

  • Report on EUI academic activities and EUI special events;
  • Develop online media content with the EUI web team, including online advertising campaigns and social media;
  • Monitor the international media;
  • Edit a range of texts by Institute staff, including webpages, official announcements and internal reports;
  • Co-manage projects and websites run by the Communications Service;
  • Occasional photography and involvement in producing videos.

Applicants should send a CV, covering letter and up to five writing samples to:


The Communications Service reserves the right to close the application as soon as the ideal candidate is found.

EUI general information:

Since its establishment 40 years ago by the six founding members of the then European Communities, the EUI has earned a reputation as a leading international academic institution with a European focus.

The four departments – EconomicsHistory and CivilizationLaw, and Political and Social Sciences – host approximately 600 researchers from more than 60 countries, studying the EUI’s unique doctoral programme.

The EUI community has around 1,000 members; researchers, teaching and administrative staff are mainly, but not exclusively, recruited from EU member states. The EUI’s distinctly international environment offers unique academic training, enriches the intellectual experience and provides exceptional opportunities for academics across disciplines and borders.

Furthermore, the Robert Schuman Centre for Advanced Studies (RSCAS) focuses on inter-disciplinary, comparative and policy research on the major issues affecting European societies, while the Max Weber Programme for Post-doctoral Studies prepares fellows for a career in academia.

The campus also hosts the Historical Archives of the European Union (HAEU), which provides an unparalleled insight into the workings of the European Union.

The departments and centres are housed in 14 historic buildings located on the hills of Florence and Fiesole

For further details of the EUI & Florence in general, please visit:

Wanna live in Italy for a year while working as a journo? Apply for this EUI traineeship