Frontex welcomes applications from highly motivated candidates from a range of educational and professional backgrounds to contribute to the work of the agency in line with their expertise and interests. Frontex's traineeship programme provides an opportunity to gain practical working experience of cooperation in the field of external borders of the European Union, to acquire knowledge of the European Union, its institutions and activities and to put into practice knowledge acquired during studies or at work.
Please note that the flat rate monthly maintenance grant for 2019 is 720 EUR (not be subject to the correction coefficient and paid in PLN, according to the InforEuro monthly exchange rate).
For more information regarding the application procedure please refer to the Traineeship Policy.
I decided to apply for a
traineeship at Frontex because I was studying political science and
always wanted to work in an international and multicultural environment.
worked as part of the Communications team, helping organise
international conferences and events, managing social media, liaising
with the agency’s stakeholders and event participants, and organising
visits to Frontex by researchers, journalists and students.
traineeship helped me work on my organisational skills. I wasn't just
making coffee or spending the whole day at the photocopier - I was given
real responsibility - and discovered I have a passion for organising
events and am good at handling stress. Working with people from
different countries taught me to be more flexible and open-minded. And I
really loved the people I was working with - so much so it was very
hard for me to leave. Now I'm working abroad, and I think it's thanks to
my traineeship at Frontex that I'm not having any big problems
I am from Warsaw so I will always love this city. It’s
amazing how much it is developing, changing and modernising every day.
Forget Paris or Berlin – Warsaw is really a place to be now!
traineeship gave me more than I expected. I was hoping to gain some
practical experience, but in addition to that I gain a wonderful friends
that I am still in touch with.
I'm in Strasbourg where I work
for the Polish version of the European cultural TV channel ARTE. I
manage social media and the website, ARTE’s participation in Polish film
festivals, and liaise with journalists and other stakeholders. None of
this would be possible if not for my experience at Frontex.
Mikko from Finland
I chose to apply for a
traineeship at Frontex in 2013 when I was doing master’s studies in
law. I had previously worked at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs,
dealing with visa legislation. This was my first contact with migration
and external border-related issues, and Frontex appeared to me as an
interesting place to gain more experience, especially at the European
During my traineeship with the External Relations team
(now the International and European Cooperation Unit), I was
immediately given both responsibility and independence. I was involved
in organising a high-level event and coordinating the agency’s
cooperation with third countries in the field of border security, and
spent a lot of time writing speeches and memos, which of course entailed
research and analysis. I really appreciated having the chance to learn
about what it's like to work in an international setting with colleagues
from all over Europe, but the single best thing about working at
Frontex was that I got to meet some of the leading experts in the field
of border security, with whom I am still in contact.
trainee, life in Warsaw was pretty sweet. The city is vibrant,
affordable, and offers lots to do in your time off, with beautiful
outdoor spaces, and great restaurants and bars. Not having many local
friends before moving to Poland was no problem - my colleagues made me
feel welcome immediately. Whenever I come back to Warsaw, I still enjoy
visiting my old neighbourhood around Plac Trzech Krzyży (no, I still
can’t pronounce it correctly!).
I’m now working as a senior
adviser in the Migration Policy Unit at the Ministry for the Interior.
I'm responsible for policy and legislation regarding return,
readmission, irregular migration and Frontex cooperation. The practical
experience in third-country cooperation I gained during my Frontex
traineeship has come in extremely handy in my work on readmission and
the external relations aspects of migration.
Cecilie from Denmark
I was a Trainee in the
Frontex Press Office when migration and securing the EU's external
borders were high on the political agenda. The traineeship exceeded my
expectations: my colleagues in the Press Office were highly
professional, keen to share their experience, and made me really feel
part of the team. I was given the opportunity to learn about working
with journalists and external communication in a highly supportive and
engaging environment. I gained a strong set of communication skills that
have already opened the door to career opportunities that wouldn't have
been possible otherwise.
Benjamin from United Kingdom
My interest has always been in cross-border issues and crime, and Frontex was the best place to get experience it this matter.
worked in the Risk Analysis Unit, within the Cross Border Crimes
section. I was mainly analysing crime in a certain section of the EU
external border and the strategic and tactical responses. I contributed
my findings to Frontex’s Risk Analysis products, as well as relaying it
During my traineeship I learned a lot more about the area I was tasked with and I developed my analytical and reporting skills.
most enjoyed working with other, more experienced analysts what helped
me develop my skills. It was a fantastic place to work with a great
atmosphere and culture – everyone was so friendly, and dedicated too. My favourite memories were seeing my work in a published document, as well as the Christmas party!
is a great city to live in – definitely one of my favourites!
Affordable and with so much going on. Lots of restaurants, events and
bars to suit everyone, and with Frontex having a number of trainees it
makes it easy to socialise.
The traineeship did meet my
expectations. It was well received by future employers and has given me
some valuable skills. As with all traineeships, I believe there should
have been more certificated trainings, as many recruiters need that
‘proof’ a certificate brings. I would thoroughly recommend the
traineeship to anyone.
I am now working as an officer with the
National Crime Agency in the UK and investigate missing persons,
trafficking and child abduction.
Eoin from Ireland
Migration was strongly
related to my academic experience, and I became an Executive Support
trainee Frontex just before the major migrant and refugee crisis, so I
saw a lot of political and policy developments that really helped my
career. My role included supporting the Quality Manager, handling and
editing high profile documents, and writing and reviewing key documents
in relation to Frontex’s activities and migration issues. But I also
worked across many departments, including Risk Analysis and Returns. My
time at Frontex gave me a great understanding of the inner workings of
the European Union - its institutions, agencies, and how policies move
through the stages towards implementation.
I had a great time
while in Frontex and made some great friends that I still have today. I
really enjoyed playing for the Frontex football team every week.
think Warsaw is a fantastic city and I still visit a few times a year. I
love the beaches by the river, having barbeques and drinks on the sand
and listening to concerts in the National Stadium. I also played a lot
of sport while in Warsaw - there are always football teams looking for
players. I also do a lot of rock climbing whenever I am there and really
enjoy all of the rock climbing gyms.
The traineeship more
than met my expectations and was a huge help in my career. I am
currently working as a Policy Analyst and Researcher at the Institute of
International and European Affairs. I am responsible for coordinating
the work, publications and events programme of the Justice and Home
Affairs Group, specifically in the areas of Migration, Security and
Counter-Terrorism, Data Protection and Judicial Cooperation.