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Careers in EU -- Traineeships

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Thursday, December 3, 2020, 12:45 pm – 1:45 pm

Participating in a traineeship with an EU institution is an excellent way to consolidate and expand professional skills and knowledge while learning about the inner workings of a specific EU body. The application process is long and competitive and it’s important to be prepared.

Join us for a virtual career talk on Thursday, December 3 at 12:45-13:45 featuring alumni (see profiles below) who have recently participated in an EU institution traineeship. 

During the session they will share information and insights about:

  • The application process
  • Activities conducted during the traineeships
  • How participating in a traineeship has impacted their longer-term career development

This event can be attended via Zoom (you will receive a link after you register). Please register in advance here!

This is the first of two events on the topic of Careers in EU Institutions. The second event will take place later in the year and will focus on career paths within and in connection to the EU.


Lena Grobusch (ENVS ’22) is currently a first-year student on the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master's Degree Programme in Environmental Science, Policy and Management (MESPOM) in CEU’s Department of Environmental Sciences and Policy. From March to July 2020, she conducted a Schuman Traineeship at the European Parliament, in the Directorate-General for Internal Policies of the Union, Secretariat of the ENVI Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety, where she had the opportunity to do work related to a range of environmental policy issues such as the European Green Deal. Lena’s previous experience includes environmental and sustainability-related internships, consultancy, and community engagement in locations including The Netherlands, Kenya, Tanzania and the Philippines. Lena holds a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts and Sciences from Utrecht University, where she focused on Environmental Science and Biology and completed a minor in International Development Studies.

Mara Tissera Luna (SPP, '17) is a researcher and advocate with 10 years of experience specializing in children's rights. She is currently the project and fundraising manager at the Hungarian Helsinki Committee. In 2017, after graduating from CEU, she did an EU Commission “blue book” Traineeship in the Political Reporting and Policy Analysis Department in the Representative Office of the European Commission in Portugal.

Simon Trlifaj (SPP, ’18) is currently serving as a Policy Analyst with the European Commission’s Directorate General (DG) for Research and Innovation. Previously, he completed a “blue book” traineeship in the same DG and worked in the Secretariat-General and DG Grow through the Commission’s Junior Professional Program. A 2018 graduate of CEU’s Master in Public Administration (MPA) with an undergraduate degree in Economics and Finance from Charles University in Prague, Simon’s professional experience also includes work as a research assistant and policy advisor to vice-mayor in Prague.

*A note: please be aware that many (but not all) EU traineeships require European citizenship.

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