EFSA Paid Traineeship 2024 in Parma, Italy (Fully Funded)

An excellent opportunity for university graduates to get a spot and be one of 120 trainees who will join the The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) Traineeship in Parma, Italy for a period of minimum 5 months and maximum of twelve months. EFSA Traineeship offers monthly grant and travel reimbursements from all the trainees. 

ESFA Paid Traineeship 2024 in Parma, Italy (Fully Funded)

About Parma

Parma is a lively city of around 200,000 inhabitants located in the northern Italian region of Emilia-Romagna. It is strategically located between major cities like Milano and Bologna and within reachable distance from ski resorts, seaside and mountains.  Also, Considered by many to be a little Paris because of its refined appearance, Parma is not only a city of culture, theatre and music, but also a UNESCO Creative City for gastronomy in Italy and the capital of the Food Valley from which products of Italian industry leaders originate around the world. This magical place, Emilia-Romagna's second largest city by population after Bologna, is the ideal stop to be enchanted by its history, its artistic and cultural beauties, and its flavours envied throughout the world. 

About EFSA Traineeships

Every year, EFSA offers a unique professional experience for over 100 trainees to join a team of professionals from all over the world working together in an international environment on Science, Safe Food and Sustainability projects at the heart of European Food Safety activities.  EFSA Traineeship is an ideal opportunity for young professional who are looking for an enriching experience in a truly international working environment. EFSA is looking forward to welcoming motivated young talents from different academic and professional backgrounds (scientists, communication and legal professionals, IT experts, etc.). 

During the traineeship, You'll have a dedicated advisor supporting and mentoring you during your traineeship. Additionally, there's an active Trainee Community where you can share experiences with fellow trainees and form lasting social connections. Within your designated unit, you'll have opportunities to:

- Gain practical experience into the work of an European Union Agency, while developing your skills and competencies aligned with your personal interests and career goals;

- Contribute to the Unit's agenda by assisting in drafting documents, reports, data analysis, scientific and administrative tasks, and ensuring efficient communication of results;

Bring innovative ideas and solutions to exciting projects and specific tasks;

Participate in the planning and monitoring of the Unit's activities;

Benefit from on-the-job learning opportunities and engage in various development programs. 


The Traineeship call is open for EU Citizens. A limited number of places will be offered for non-EU nationalities. For non-EU selected trainees, they will have to obtain a relevant VISA before the start of their traineeship at EFSA.

- Have already obtained a university degree of at least 3 years by the closing date of application (corresponding to complete Bachelor's degree).

- Have a good knowledge of English (minimum B2 level according to CEER)

- Have never been an EFSA trainee or employed by EFSA in any capacity, receiving any sort of remuneration.

- Meet the character requirements needed for the duties involved (e.g. a sworn affidavit to the effect that you have no criminal record).

Finance and Benefits

A monthly maintenance grant of €1,463. 

- EFSA provides a travel allowance to compensate for the expenses incurred to travel from the place of residence to EFSA and vice versa at the beginning and at the end of the traineeship. the travel allowance will be depending on the distance as following:

  • Contribution for one way trip for travel distance between 0 and 200 km: 0 EUR / person
  • Contribution for one way trip for travel distance between 201 and 500 km: 100 EUR / person
  • Contribution for one way trip for travel distance between 501 and 1000 km: 150 EUR / person
  • Contribution for one way trip for travel distance between 1001 and 2000 km: 200 EUR / person
  • Contribution for one way trip for travel distance between 2001 and 3000 km: 250 EUR / person
  • Contribution for one way trip for travel distance between 2001 and 3000 km: 250 EUR / person
  • Contribution for one way trip for travel distance over 3001 km: 500 EUR / person

An opportunity to get a taste of what an EU career is all about for an extended period (12 months) and experience that can act as a springboard for a number of career paths;

- Exposure to different areas and networks in EFSA, while developing personal and professional competencies.

A modern working environment with flexible working arrangements to help balance professional and personal lives.

- The possibility to telework up to 60% per week from the distance reachable to Parma within approximately 3 hours. Such conditions will allow you to enjoy working not only from home, but also from the Dolomite Mountains or the Ligurian Sea coast, etc.

Selection Criteria

a) Experience and/ or Knowledge in an area relating to the activities of EFSA.

b) Competencies

- Work with others

- Manage projects

- Demonstrate political savvy and strategic agility:

- Ability to effectively communicate in English. 


DeadlineSend your application by 29 April 2024 at 23.59 (Local time, GMT +1)

Traineeships beginning: The traineeships starts from October to December 2024, according to availability and business needs of EFSA.

Important notes

Candidates can apply electronically via the online recruitment tool (selecting 2 areas of interest in order of their preferences).

Candidates can update or withdraw their applications at any time until the closure of the Call.

Shortlisted candidates are required to undergo a further assessment (e.g. telephone/online interview, recorded video interview, online written test) to evaluate their suitability for a role and discuss mutual expectations. 

Successful candidates will receive a Traineeship offer, stating a starting date, a Unit they will be placed in, the duration of the traineeship up to 12 months and the list of documents to be submitted before the starting date.

How to apply?

To apply you have to register an account and fill in the application via the online recruitment tool from HERE

For more details about this opportunity, please check the info-pack or visit the EFSA website from HERE

Have a Question?  

If you have any questions regarding this call, please contact EFSA at  recruitment@efsa.europa.eu.

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