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The EDPS launched a traineeship programme in 2005. The main objective is to offer recent university graduates the opportunity to put into practice the knowledge acquired during their studies, particularly in their specific areas of competence. The trainees thereby acquire practical experience of the day-to-day activities of the EDPS and can specialise in data protection.
In addition to the main traineeship programme, special provisions have been established to accept, under specific and limited admission criteria, university students and PhD students for short-term, non-remunerated traineeships.
The main programme hosts on average two trainees per five-month session, twice a year, starting in October and in March.
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More information on the procedures and the calendar is available here:


Before applying, candidates are encouraged to read the EDPS decision which provides useful additional information also on the criteria of eligibility.

Decision of the EDPS of 22 January 2013 concerning the provisions relating to the traineeships programme:


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  • 28 October 2016

    Giovanni Buttarelli attends the conference New Instruments to Promote the Correct Application of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, University of Florence, Florence, Italy

  • 27 October 2016

    40th DPO meeting hosted by European Union Intellectual Property Office, Introductory speech by Wojciech Wiewiórowski, Alicante, Spain

  • 26 October 2016

    Giovanni Buttarelli meeting with Andrus Ansip, Vice-President of the European Commission, Commissioner for Digital Single Market, Brussels, Belgium

  • 26 October 2016

    Giovanni Buttarelli meeting with Ambassador Marlene Bonnici, Permanent Representation of Malta to the European Union, Brussels, Belgium

  • 21 October 2016

    VII edition of the Diplomacy Festival, The season of uncertainties. In search of new policies for the Coexistence and Integration,  Giovanni Buttarelli participates in the debate on Privacy shield: data exchange and trade relations EU-US, Rome, Italy

  • 19 October 2016

    38th International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners: Opening new territories for privacy, Keynote speech by Giovanni Buttarelli, Adequacy, Localization and Cultural Determinism, Marrakesh, Morocco

  • 18 October 2016

    ISC GDPR Seminar: The Impact of the General Data Protection Regulation on collaborative science in Europe, Speech by Giovanni Buttarelli on Implications of the GDPR on Science and Research (via a video link), Brussels, Belgium

  • 18 October 2016

    Technology, Challenges and Effective Governance, IAF/FPF Side Event at ICDPPC, Speech by Giovanni Buttarelli on The Future of Technology and Data Governance, Marrakesh, Morocco