Careers

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.

In order to apply, please use Traineeship Application Form.

For the matters related to traineeships please use the e-mail: traineeships@frontex.europa.eu



Trainees Testimonials

Berenika from Poland

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.

I 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.

The 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 adjusting.

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!

The 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 level.

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.

For a 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.

I 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 back internally.

During my traineeship I learned a lot more about the area I was tasked with and I developed my analytical and reporting skills.

I 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!

Warsaw 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.

I 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.

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