Stage and Internship

At the end of this section, GPS students may visit our dedicated sections for internship/traineeship and Erasmus + Traineeship programmes.


General information (COSP)

An internship (or traineeship) is a training experience encompassing different options:

  • Students can participate in curricular internship/work placement
  • Those who have completed their study programme not more than 12 months ago can do extracurricular internships/traineeships.

The Cosp manages setup procedures for internships in public and private companies and institutions aimed at enrolled students, graduands and postgraduates.

How to find a stage opportunity

Students can either select one of the available internship positions on the University noticeboard or find an internship by themselves.
In any case they must follow procedures established by the Study and Career Guidance Centre (COSP).


6 of the 9 CFUs provided in the Study Manifesto for Laboratories (Data and Dissertation) or Advanced Language Skills (French, Spanish, and German) may also be curricular internship/traineeship and Erasmus + Traineeship.


This is a significant opportunity for students who want to put in practice what they have learned in their studies. An internship experience allows students  to enrich their curriculum and their professional profile. It also allows to gain work experience, providing the opportunity to engage with the organizational, professional and interpersonal context of those who work in the field of cooperation, development and social policies.

This recognition procedure applies exclusively to curricular internships activated through COSP.

For an internship of 75 hours there is the recognition of 3 CFU. It is possible to obtain 6 CFU (every Erasmus+ activity is recognized 6 CFU) after an internship/traineeship period of at least 150 hours. 

Finding an internship
  • You can apply for internship offers posted on the online bulletin board managed by COSP
  • You can apply for internship offers posted on the GPS dedicated website.
  • It is possible to find an internship opportunity on one's own and follow COSP instructions for the activation procedures ( first, however, it is necessary to contact the Internship Tutor who will assess the compatibility of the proposed activities with GPS's training program.
Activating an internship

An internship must always be activated on the basis of a written agreement between the host company or the host institution and the University (“Internship Agreement”). The drafting of these documents is done online via the COSP portal.

At the following website you may find the instructions to be followed in order to activate the internship through COSP:




Ending the internship and credit recognition procedure

The procedures for uploading career credits take approximately 4 months. Please contact the Internship  Tutor or the SPS students service office if credits have not been uploaded at the end of the 4 months. This recognition procedure applies exclusively to curricular internships activated through COSP.

In order to start the credit recognition procedure, you just need to send an email to your Internship academic tutor with your details (matriculation number, name of the host institution, days spent in the internship programme, starting and ending date, if you are at the first or second year of the master degree programme). Before sending the email and starting the procedure, please, make sure that  you and your host institution have completed the questionnaire/report/assessment provided by COSP.

More information

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Calls for applications are usually published twice a year and offer different traineeship opportunities. Applicants to the Summer call may identify a destination campus autonomously, whereas the Fall call offers traineeships based on specific agreements signed by the University of Milan.


  • Prof. Matteo Jessoula (Responsible for the Department):
  • Prof. Orsola Razzolini (Responsible for GPS):

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EU traineeships are available in a wide range of fields such as:

  • human resources
  • communication
  • information and communication technologies
  • competition law 
  • environmental policy
  • external relations
  • development policy

Most traineeships usually last 5/6 months (some could be shorter/longer). ‘EU traineeships’ are paid (payment varies according to the host organization).

More information here

The Schuman traineeships are paid and can be undertaken at one of the European Parliament’s official places of work – Brussels, Luxembourg and Strasbourg – or in its Liaison Offices in the Member States.

These traineeships are named after Robert Schuman, one of the main architects of the European integration project, responsible for over 70 years of peace and prosperity in Europe. The Schuman traineeships may be undertaken in a wide variety of fields, such as EU internal and external policies, finance, law, multilingualism, administration, infrastructure and logistics, communication or IT.


When do I apply? Two sessions:


Apply in May
The deadline for application is the 31st of May, 23:59 (Brussels time).


Apply in October
The deadline for application is the 31st of October, 23:59 (Brussels time).

More information and the application page:

The European Commission proposes 2 types of traineeships: An Administrative Traineeship or a Translation Traineeship with the Directorate-General for Translation (DGT).

Trainees work all over the European Commission, its services and agencies, mostly in Brussels, but also in Luxembourg and elsewhere across the European Union. Subsequent career opportunities may vary between these different entities. The nature of your work will depend on the service you are assigned to. You may, for example, work in the field of competition law, human resources, environmental policy, translation, etc.

A trainee’s daily work consist of:

  • Attending and organizing meetings, working groups, and public hearings
  • Researching, drafting and editing documentation – including reports and consultations
  • Answering citizens’ inquiries
  • Supporting the management of projects
  • Translating, revising translations or researching terminology

More information and the application page:

Every year, there are around 100 places available for paid traineeships, and up to 6 places for paid trainees with a disability.

A traineeship at the General Secretariat of the Council (GSC) offers:

  • first-hand experience of the work of the GSC
  • EU knowledge - insight into the processes and policies of the EU institutions
  • an opportunity to contribute to the Council's day-to-day business
  • the chance to work in a multicultural, multilingual and multi-ethnic environment
  • an opportunity to share your fresh point of view and the knowledge you have acquired during your studies 

Depending on the needs of the service, your daily work would generally be equivalent to that of junior administrator officials at the beginning of their career, such as:

  • preparing meetings and drafting minutes
  • attending meetings of Council preparatory bodies and Coreper (Committee of the Permanent Representatives of the Governments of the member states to the EU)
  • researching on a particular project
  • translating documents
  • compiling documentation, writing reports

Trainees will also be invited to take part in a study programme that includes visits and conferences at other EU institutions in Brussels, Luxembourg and Strasbourg.

More information and the application page:



This section has been drafted by Eugenia Lojacono, GPS’ student and former trainee at the EU Parliament.