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Careers with the European Union

The EU Institutions offer the opportunity to pursue a rewarding international career in a uniquely multicultural and multilingual environment. As an EU official, you will serve more than 500 million EU citizens across 28 member states and will have the chance to apply your knowledge and skills in developing policy that has a real and meaningful impact on peoples’ lives.

The work of the EU is very wide ranging and, reflecting that, the Institutions require staff with a variety of backgrounds and skill sets. Linguists and lawyers are, of course, always in demand, but so are economists, ICT specialists, scientists and veterinarians, as well as administrative and support staff with more general backgrounds.  The European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO), the recruitment service of the EU institutions and agencies, profiles the positions for which it most regularly recruits here, but many other opportunities are also available.

Following the end of the derogation on the official status of the Irish language in the European Union. Linguists and Lawyer-Linguists who speak Irish are much sought after and competitions to recruit for these positions are now held regularly.

The range of work places is also extremely wide. While a little over half of the EU’s total staff are employed at the European Commission, it is certainly not the EU’s only major employer. Other Institutions - ranging from the European Parliament and Council to the European Court of Justice - also recruit staff regularly, as do the European Agencies, based right across the 28 Member States. The Commission’s careers page and the recruitment page of the European Parliament Information Office offer useful information on the type of work you might undertake in those institutions.

Whatever your background, if you have the right attitude and the right aptitudes, it’s likely that there is a career opportunity in the EU for you.

Interpreters in the EU institutions

EU Career Ambassadors

EU Career Ambassadors are students that have been nominated by their University / Third Level Institute to provide information to fellow students and graduates on Job and Traineeship opportunities in the EU.

This EU wide programme is run by the European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO), the EU’s recruitment service. In Ireland, it is managed in close collaboration with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and with the assistance of the University’s / Third Level Institute’s Career Services.

All of the EU Career Ambassadors have dedicated email address and most have Facebook pages, copied below, where you can get further information about their work.

Contact Your Career Ambassador

University of Limerick

National University of Ireland Maynooth

Dublin City University

University College Dublin

National University of Ireland Galway