Become a trainee in the EU's most dynamic and rapidly changing agency: Frontex
Want to gain work experience at an EU institution that
has become one of the most recognisable EU agencies? The European
Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex), is undergoing fundamental changes to
provide even stronger support to Member States at the EU external borders. And you
can be a part of this transformation.
In recent years we have
become a key actor at the European level to address irregular migration and
cross-border crime at the external borders. We are about to begin building the European Border and Coast Guard Standing Corps, an ambitious task
that will set the path for Europe’s security for the years to come.
We have expanded at a
fast rate and filled our ranks with fresh skills and ideas, making Frontex EU’s
most dynamic agency. That dynamism makes us one of the most exciting European
Institutions for young people seeking work experience.
you have completed your studies and are looking to put your knowledge to work
in the service of the European project, do not miss this opportunity.
Paid five-month traineeship (currently EUR
1 185 per month) starting on either 1 March or 1 October
Hands-on experience in a unique dynamic
and challenging environment
Be part of a multicultural and diverse
Flexible working hours
Headquarters in the centre of Warsaw, a
bustling city in the heart of the New Europe
What do we expect?
Highly motivated, committed, eager to
learn and proactive
Open to working in a multicultural
Interested in Frontex and our working
methods, and willing to contribute with a fresh point of view
A university graduate holding a EU
Member State degree of at least three years of study (minimum a bachelor)
Have a very good knowledge (C level as per the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) of two EU official languages, one of which must be a procedural language: English or French or German. English is the working language of Frontex.
my traineeship at Frontex soon after finishing my studies at the College of
Europe in Bruges. As a trainee for the Frontex Situation Center, it felt like I
was in the middle of the action from day one. The working environment is
incredibly dynamic, multicultural and every day comes with new challenges. In
other words, you never have time to be bored, which is what I appreciated so
much about this experience.
workload included a variety of tasks such as media monitoring, daily briefings
on open sources, supporting in service operations, and the overall administration of team
members and seconded team members, including deployments and trainings.
exceeded all my expectations. To this day, I still come to work with a smile on
Monday mornings, and leave with a smile on Friday evenings.
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.
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 gained 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.
Robert from The Netherlands
I decided to
apply for a Traineeship at Frontex because I wanted to experience what it was
like to work for a European agency. I was selected for a traineeship in the
Pooled Resources Unit, where I was given real responsibilities from day one. My
main task was the distribution of surveillance equipment, ships and cars to the
various Frontex operational areas. Working in the Pooled Resources Unit gave me
the unique opportunity to improve my planning and coordinating skills and
provided me with new perspectives for the future of my career.
The best thing
about the traineeship was the people.
It was a
wonderful experience to work with colleagues from various national and cultural
backgrounds and it was great that they were always very supportive whenever I
encountered any difficulties.
Living in Warsaw
as a trainee was great. The city is very dynamic, with new bars and restaurants
opening up every week. I especially appreciated how green the city was during
the summer months and that it is still very affordable compared to other
capitals in Europe.
I had a great
time in Warsaw and I recommend a traineeship at Frontex to anyone who wants to
gain experience in working for a European agency.
Victor from Spain
I have always been interested in
international security and the fight against crime. Previously, I had the
opportunity to be part of INTERPOL, which allowed me to expand my knowledge
about human trafficking, people smuggling and smart border management. That is
the reason I wanted to develop my skills in this sector at a European level,
which lead me to apply for a traineeship at Frontex.
During my traineeship, I
contributed to the work of the Risk Analysis Unit, assisting with a project
focused on the strengthening of the Africa – Frontex Intelligence Community
(AFIC). I was treated as an equal from the very first day and was assigned
responsibilities related to the correct functioning and continuity of the
Warsaw is a vibrant city,
constantly evolving with restaurants from all over the globe, a multitude of
events, activities and nightlife. In addition, Warsaw is very well connected to
other cities in Poland, as well as other Eastern European countries. Coming
from southern Europe, I was a bit worried about the Polish climate, but I was
surprised to find that winter is manageable, summer is pleasant and Polish
people are warm-hearted and welcoming.
My traineeship at Frontex helped
me clarify the path I want to take for my professional career and how I have to
develop my skills to achieve it.
Aleksandra from Poland
As a Trainee at Legal and Procurement unit, every day I
worked with a wide range of issues related to EU law. This is the area of
knowledge that I like the most and that I studied during my university years. I
had a chance to apply my theoretical knowledge in practice, constantly grow and
develop when faced with challenging legal questions. I was given a significant
level of responsibility from the early stages of my traineeship which helped me
to immerse myself in the work of Frontex. I have also gained thorough knowledge
of the work of the European Union and its cooperation with EU Member States and
non-EU countries in the area of Freedom, Security and Justice.
Frontex is a very vibrant place to work in. One of the
highlights for me were the people coming from all over Europe. We share the
same values and work hard to achieve common goals.
Taking up a traineeship at Frontex was a great decision.
Every day I mastered my legal drafting skills, communications skills and learned
how to manage my work and deliver within strict legal deadlines. I would
recommend it to anyone who is ambitious and would like to get a taste of the EU