Monthly Archives: August 2015

Graduate traineeships with the European Commission

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The European Commission offers around 1400 5-month graduate traineeships each year. There are two intakes per year, in March and October. The window for applying for the March 2016 intake is open until the 31st August so there’s still time to apply.

If you are fluent in two or more Official EU languages (one of which should be English, French or German) and you want to gain some practical experience,  then have a look at the details here.

And if it is languages in particular that you specialise in, there are traineeships for translation interns available.

Eurobarometer: Surveys to monitor public opinion over time

call that a robit?
Someone forming an opinion about a robot. © Image Copyright normalityrelief and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Ever wondered what Europeans feel about robots?

Do you need real people giving real opinions on issues relating to the European Union for your research?

Eurobarometer is a series of surveys regularly performed on behalf of the European Commission since 1973 and is a useful way for monitoring public opinion over time.

The Standard Eurobarometer survey is carried out each autumn and spring. The range of questions has been expanded over the years but most of the survey has remained the same so that data is comparable over time.

Special Eurobarometer Surveys investigate attitudes to a wide range of topics.  Recent ones have been on attitudes to data protection, passenger rights, tobacco, humanitarian aid and security.

Flash Eurobarometer Surveys are ad-hoc telephone interviews conducted at the request of any part of the European Commission. These give results relatively quickly and focus on specific groups.

Useful information for anyone travelling in Europe

Travel stats
Detail from Eurobaromoter infographic

Since it’s holiday season, we thought we’d draw attention to this article on the European Parliament news site. It includes useful in formation for anyone travelling in Europe, such as:

Safe travels!