ECDC traineeship programme

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The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) offers a traineeship programme targeted towards recent university graduates who are at the beginning of a new professional career. The purpose of the programme is to provide trainees with an understanding of the Centre and its role within the activities of the European Union while also providing an opportunity to acquire practical knowledge and professional experience.

The duration of traineeships 2019 is between a minimum of five months and a maximum of nine months.


The ECDC traineeship programme is open to nationals of the Member States of the European Union, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein.

In order to be eligible, candidates must have:

  • nationality/citizenship of an EU Member State, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein.
  • completed their studies and been awarded a full university degree by the closing date for applications.
  • a very good command of English (the language of day-to-day operations at ECDC). Knowledge of additional EU languages is an asset.
  • not benefited from any previous traineeship or employment (formal or informal, paid or unpaid) within any EU institution, agency, body or delegation.

2019 traineeship catalogue

In 2019 ECDC is offering traineeship opportunities in the functions listed below:

  1. Eurosurveillance editorial office: the office is responsible for Eurosurveillance; Europe's journal on infectious disease surveillance, epidemiology, prevention and control published by ECDC. Read more about the editorial office.
  2. Corporate services: the section is responsible for developing and maintaining the premises, providing logistics services, ensuring security, organising travel and hotel arrangements, providing budget verification and processing of reimbursement claims. Read more about the section.
  3. Procurement: the section is responsible for procurement and grant activities, maintaining compliance with the procedures and monitoring contracting for goods and services. Read more about the section.
  4. Project management and/or transformation projects (within the information and communication technologies unit): the unit is responsible for for software products, development expertise, front-end services, application hosting and enterprise infrastructure services in support to ECDC's core missions and administration. Read more about the unit.
  5. Vaccine-preventable diseases: the programme is responsible for epidemic intelligence, health communication, microbiology, preparedness and response, public health training, scientific advice and surveillance for vaccine-preventable diseases. Read more about the programme
  6. Influenza and other respiratory viruses: the programme is responsible for epidemic intelligence, health communication, microbiology, preparedness and response, public health training, scientific advice and surveillance for influenza and other respiratory viruses. Read more about the programme.
  7. Stakeholder engagement: the function is responsible for improving the communication with ECDC's stakeholders. The tasks of the trainee will be shared between the communication and the public health training section. Read more about the sections
  8. Country capacity support and capacity gap analysis: the section is responsible for coordinating ECDC's activities in planning and evaluation of emergency preparedness and other systems for communicable disease control. Read more about the section.
  9. Director’s office: the office is responsible for ECDC's external relations and country cooperation. Read more about the office.
  10. Surveillance and response support: the unit is responsible for ensuring timely detection of communicable disease threats, their assessment and providing support for enabling Member States to mitigate them. Read more about the unit.

How to apply

The call for applications is now closed and applications are being reviewed. Applicants who have been selected for interview will be contacted during March/April.

Please note that ECDC is unable to respond to individual requests for information.

Please refer to the traineeship guidelines document for further information.


Guidelines for the ECDC traineeship programme

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Reserve list

A reserve list of candidates may be drawn up by ECDC following the interviews should additional traineeship opportunities arise. The reserve list will be valid until 31 December 2019.

Traineeship grant

ECDC pays a monthly traineeship grant of 1.460,15 Euros and pays a travel allowance to compensate the expenses incurred at the beginning and end of the traineeship from the place of residence. The amount of this grant is decided by ECDC on a yearly basis. The revised amount will apply from the 1 January of the concerned year. Please note that this review can result in an increase or decrease of the traineeship grant amount.

Frequently asked questions

I applied last year but was unsuccessful, can I apply again this year?

Yes, we would welcome your candidature again.

Can I get feedback on my application?

Due to the volume of applications we receive and our limited resources ECDC is only able to contact those candidates who are invited to an interview.

I am not a national of an EU Member State, Norway, Iceland or Liechtenstein, but I have a residence permit in one of these countries, can I apply?

To be considered eligible you must be a national or citizen of one of the above mentioned countries. Holding a residence permit is not sufficient enough.

Can medical students apply for a traineeship?

I'm afraid not. To be considered eligible you must have completed your studies and been awarded a full University degree.

What can I do if my application has been rejected?

Please note that the decision of ECDC to reject an application is final and binding and there is no appeal procedure. If an application is unsuccessful, a candidate may re-apply for a subsequent training period.

Does ECDC provide any assistance in finding accommodation in Stockholm?

No, we are unable to provide assistance and Trainees are responsible for finding their own accommodation. We can however provide you with practical advice when looking for accommodation (where to look, etc.)

Does ECDC provide health insurance?

We provide all Trainees with accident insurance however Trainees must take out valid health insurance valid in Sweden, prior to the start of their traineeship. Proof of this insurance will be requested prior to starting.

Equal opportunities

ECDC applies equal opportunities and accepts applications without distinction on the grounds of age, race, political, philosophical or religious conviction, sex or sexual orientation and regardless of disabilities, marital status or family situation.


Privacy statement

Privacy statement applicable to recruitment of ECDC trainees

ECDC processes the personal data collected in accordance with Regulation (EU) 2018/1725. The purpose of the processing is to select trainees for the official traineeships scheme of ECDC.

Page last updated 21 Dec 2018