Grad Jobs in Europe

Guidance and advice for Irish students and graduates looking for jobs and traineeships in Europe

The goal of the Grad Jobs Campaign is to make Irish students, graduates and jobseekers of all disciplines more aware of the opportunities available for them in the EU system and to provide encouragement, guidance and useful advice to help them find and get the position they want.

There are a number of elements to the Grad Jobs in Europe campaign.  Read on for more and don’t hesitate to get in touch for more information about any of the services we offer.  Alternatively, you can download EM Ireland’s Grad Jobs in Europe 2-pager from the link below.  It contains information on the services we offer and top tips on applying to intern and work in the EU.

Top Tips for Applying for Jobs and Traineeships in Europe  – Download (.PDF)

  •  Jobs and Traineeships in Europe Information Service

EM Ireland’s Jobs and Traineeships in Europe webpage is updated weekly with details of the most recent European job and traineeship opportunities.

We also provide a weekly email service sending the latest European job and internship info directly to our subscribers.  To receive these email notifications, simply send an email with your name and preferred email contact address to

Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and connect with us on LinkedIn for up-to-the-minute opportunities, uploaded by the EM Ireland team as they arise.

For a list of the latest job and traineeship opportunities in the EU, click here.

Employers, if you would like to advertise a job or internship position with EM Ireland, please send an email containing all of the relevant details to

  • Career Talks

Each year, EM Ireland conducts a series of career talks in universities, Institutes of Technology and third-level colleges around the country to highlight the job and internship opportunities available to students, recent graduates and not-so-recent graduates across the EU.

For more information on EM Ireland’s upcoming career talks, or to arrange one for your class, faculty, club or society, don’t hesitate to contact the office where a member of the team would be happy to help.

  • The Green Book

Updated annually, The Green Book: An Irish Trainee’s Guide to Living and Working in Brussels (& other nice European cities), provides practical tips and useful information on how to get a traineeship in the EU.  Chapter 1 of The Green Book offers a detailed look at all of the traineeships available with the European Institutions and Agencies, including a step-by-step guide to navigating the complicated traineeship application process with the European Commission and European Parliament.  Opportunities in private organisations are also listed along with advice on writing the perfect CV and cover letter and completing a Europass CV.

For those people already successful in the stage application process, Chapter 2 of The Green Book offers a guide to life in Brussels and Strasbourg, while Chapter 3 provides information to help trainees (or stagiaires as they are called in the European system) to find a more permanent position.

Copies of The Green Book are available from the EM Ireland office. Feel free to contact us on +353 (0) 1 662 5815 or email to arrange to get a copy.  Alternatively, an abridged online version of the Green Book is available to download here.

  •  Brussels Connection

Twice a year, EM Ireland travels to Brussels to host the Brussels Connection event.  Timed to coincide with the arrival of a brand new class of Irish stagiaires to the city, in March and October each year, this event is a great opportunity for the EM Ireland Irish network in Brussels and beyond to re-connect.  It also allows new Irish stagiaires the opportunity to get to know each other and to meet with Irish officials and experts from all areas of work in Brussels in a relaxed and informal environment.  Check our Events calendar for details of EM Ireland’s next Brussels Connection event or email to get your name on our Brussels mailing list.

If you are based in Brussels permanently, or you’re planning a move out there shortly, why not get involved with EM Ireland’s Brussels Branch?

  • EU Jobs Ireland Campaign

The EU Institutions serve 500 million people across 28 Member States.  The scope of the work is exceptional, as are the career opportunities available.  Whatever your background, the EU offers the chance to pursue a unique international career where you can make a real and lasting difference.

But with so many opportunities on offer, knowing where to start might not seem easy.  The EU Jobs IrelEUJobs MCand campaign ( was launched in 2012 to help you take the first step.  European Movement Ireland are pleased to work with the Department of the Taoiseach on this campaign to increase awareness of the job and internship opportunities available in Europe for Irish graduates.

Coordinated by the Department, EU Jobs Ireland draws on the expertise of some of Ireland’s leading EU stakeholders – including European Movement Ireland, the European Commission Representation in Ireland, the European Parliament Information Office in Ireland and the Public Appointments Service – to provide Irish citizens with essential information about the types of jobs that are available in the EU and advice on how to set about securing them.

Online information services include a website (, Twitter feed (@eujobsireland) and newsletter (which you can sign up to by emailing, through which you can keep up to date with the latest news on EU recruitment.  And, to support you in turning an application into a job, the campaign offers targeted support and training to Irish candidates ahead of specific recruitment competitions.

EU Jobs Ireland also arranges regular talks and information sessions at universities, career fairs and elsewhere, and supports the EU Career Ambassador programme, through which students from Ireland’s leading universities work to promote EU careers across their campuses.

You can find out more about the EU Jobs Ireland campaign and register for its newsletter by emailing