In 2022, the Eureka Association launches its first traineeship programme.


Our objective is to offer university internship students or recent graduates the opportunity to put into practice the knowledge acquired during their studies, particularly in their specific areas of competence and offer support to the Eureka Association’s various departments.


Twice per year, the traineeship programme hosts four trainees for a period of 3 to 6 months, depending on availability.


Eureka is the world’s biggest public network for international cooperation in R&D and innovation, present in over 45 countries.


Since 1985, organisations and companies applying through Eureka programmes can access funding and support from national and regional ministries or agencies for their international R&D projects.

To this day, it remains the only initiative of its kind committed to the ‘bottom-up’ principle – ensuring that any R&D project with a good business plan receives the support it deserves, independent of its technological nature, or the type of organisations involved.

The Eureka Association, located 1040 Brussels (Mérode) is the central support unit for the network. With a strong team of around 35, the Eureka Association centralises all the Eureka project information and undertakes marketing, communications, impact assessment and network development activities.

It collects and distributes information on projects, manages the project database, assists the various constituent bodies of projects and plays a promotional role jointly with the national authorities.


It is also responsible for the implementation of the Eurostars programme, a programme dedicated to the R&D-performing SMEs co-funded by the European Commission and Eureka member countries.


As part of a small, international and dedicated team, you will quickly progress through the induction process and under the guidance and support of colleagues work on topics of relevance to our network of countries and the organisations they fund and support.

Traineeships will be open in the following Eureka departments:

Eurostars Programme

Eurostars is the largest international funding programme for SMEs wishing to collaborate on R&D projects that create innovative products, processes or services for commercialisation.
You will take part in the evaluation processes and the monitoring of a portfolio of R&D projects involving companies from across Europe and beyond.


  • You will take an active customer service role, dealing directly with the requests and questions of project participants as well as representatives from the different Member States.
  • You will follow-up the administrative activities of the assigned Eurostars projects.
  • You will guide the applications through the evaluation & monitoring processes to ensure timely delivery of milestones and objectives.
  • You will contribute to writing reports, presentations and general correspondence.

Specific qualifications and skills

  • An ability to produce analysis of both qualitative and quantitative data.
  • An exceptional administrator, well organised and able to manage multiple tasks simultaneously.

Strategy and Communications

Within this team, there are three distinct streams: strategy/business development, data analysis and communications.

Working within our strategy team, you can expect to work on policy analysis and briefings, provide quantitative and qualitative and statistical analytics for evidence-based decision making, work with business intelligence programmes to generate reports for member countries and the European Commission, or contribute to evaluating the added value of all of our funding programmes by analysing the economic consequences of our projects and the impact of the products, processes and services produced.


Specific qualifications and skills

  • An ability to comprehend complex policy files and synthesise clear and accessible briefing materials for distribution (documents and presentations).
  • Coordination skills and capacity to effectively engage stakeholders.
  • Excellent command of MS Excel.
  • Experience of Business Intelligence applications or SQL would be an advantage.

Working within our communications team, you can expect to be involved in social media campaigns, building and maintaining our websites, exploiting search engine optimisation, creating promotional videos and materials, designing presentations, document editing and much more…


Specific qualifications and skills

  • Near-native level of fluency in English, written and spoken.
  • Creative and adaptable to rapid changes.
  • Experience of using social media for business purposes would be an advantage.

Global Programmes

Eureka programmes offer flexibility for international partners (Network projects and Globalstars), encourage mixed consortia with large companies (Clusters), allow SMEs to aim higher (Eurostars), support research and business ventures in new markets (Innowwide) and drive companies towards private investment (investment readiness)

Eureka programmes are open to SMEs, large companies, universities and research organisations from all technological fields.

Working in this team, you will contribute to the development and implementation of Eureka’s global cooperation programmes to support research and innovation funding.
The role offers an introduction to public administration, research funding and international cooperation.



  • You will assist in developing and implementing programmes that support international Research and Development cooperation.
  • You will assist in co-developing maintaining and improving our international pool of experts to ensure it performs its evaluation of R&D&I project applications to the highest standards.
  • You may be asked to assist with other tasks within the Eureka office.

Specific qualifications and skills

  • An ability to produce analysis of both qualitative and quantitative data.
  • An exceptional administrator, well organised and able to manage multiple tasks simultaneously.

All of our trainees will be expected to demonstrate that:

  • Ideally suited to a service oriented and reliable personality with good administrative skills.
  • As a member of a multinational team, you demonstrate diplomacy and sensitivity to cultural differences.
  • You are positive, flexible and highly motivated team-player, but with the ability to work independently and manage your own deadlines.
  • You should be willing to challenge the status quo, think outside the box and not be shy to argue your ideas.
  • You are conversant with Office 365, in particular with Excel and / or other data management tools.
  • You are well organised and able to manage multiple tasks simultaneously.
  • You are fluent in English, written and spoken.


Traineeships are open to anyone legally entitled to reside and work in Belgium with a level of higher education that corresponds to post-secondary education of at least three years attested by a diploma, or to university internship students.


Work Conditions

  • Any monetary compensation for the traineeship will depend on the partner with whom the recruitment has been organized.
    • For Bachelor’s graduates, via a professional immersion agreement (Bruxelles Formation[1]/VDAB)) with an indemnity of 845.70 euros gross/month (21 years and over) – index 2022.
    • Via university faculties agreement for students doing an internship as part of their curriculum.
  • All trainees get meal vouchers, 125€ per month homeworking allowance and home-office transport compensation.
  • Hybrid office-home work and flexible working hours.
  • An international and dynamic team of roughly 35 employees from 16 different countries.
  • A modern working environment, close to the centre of Brussels and the European quarter, easily reachable by public transport and close to many restaurants and shops.
  • Eureka strongly lives by the values of trust, transparency, passion, creativity, autonomy, collaboration, work-life balance and diversity across all our teams and our whole network of customers and partners.
  • The trainee will have a mentor who will be their main point of contact and will be responsible for the overall coordination of the traineeship.


[1] The file of the successful applicant will have to be submitted to “Bruxelles formation” who will analyse the file and give its approval or not within a period of 10 days as from the date of the reception of the file. The trainee can only start his/her traineeship after he/she has received the approval from Bruxelles formation


Please apply for this post by sending an email with your CV and motivation letter attached to, writing:


in the subject line of the email.

By sending an application, candidates give their consent to their diplomas and references being verified.

Applicants must be legally entitled to live & work in the European Union.

The Eureka Association is an equal opportunities employer.

Closing date

Friday 03 June 2022, 17:00 Brussels time


Applications received beyond the closing date will be refused.

Please note that only applicants selected for interview will be contacted.

The candidate should be able to start ideally around September 2022.


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