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Trainee programme at the European Medicines Agency Location: London DL: 15 June 2011


The European Medicines Agency operates a trainee programme. The programme gives trainees an understanding of the Agency and its role within the activities of the European Union and provides professional experience in a working environment. There is one traineeship intake per year starting in October. Earlier or later start dates are not possible. Placements are for a period of six months up to a maximum of nine months. The programme is aimed mainly at young university graduates, without excluding those who - in the framework of lifelong learning - have recently obtained a university diploma and are at the beginning of a new professional career.
Successful candidates will typically have a background relating to the activities of the Agency, i.e. pharmacy, medicine, life sciences, healthcare, chemistry or information technologies. Recently qualified lawyers with an interest in pharmaceutical regulatory affairs and recently qualified candidates with an interest in human resources / budget / accounts are welcomed as well. Candidates with a background in communications, public relations  or the web as well as people with a background in Library and Information Science can also apply.
Trainees are selected from nationals of the Member States of the European Economic Area (the Member States of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway) and from candidate countries benefiting from a pre-accession strategy.
Interested candidates should download the application form and use the "submit by email" function at the top of the form. The Agency receives around 400 traineeship applications per year of which around 40 candidates are offered a placement. As a result, the Agency is not in a position to reply to unsuccessful candidates. Candidates who are not contacted can assume they have not been chosen. If an application is unsuccessful a candidate may reapply for a subsequent training period although it is necessary to  re-submit an application. More information