The European Master in Official Statistics (EMOS) is a shared initiative by Eurostat and the European Statistical System (ESS) to connect producers of official statistics and academia at European level. EMOS aims at providing students with an advanced training in the specific themes of statistics in general and official statistics, constituting a future recruitment pool of highly educated professional statisticians for the ESS and the European System of Central Banks (ESCB).
The main objective of EMOS is to enhance the abilities of students to understand and to be able to analyse European official data at different levels: quality, production process, dissemination, and analysis in a national, European and international context.
As of September 2023, the EMOS network consists of 33 programmes in 17 countries and builds on existing and nationally accredited Master programmes which, in line with the EMOS learning outcomes, familiarise the graduates with the system of official statistics, statistical production models and methods, themes in official statistics, and dissemination. EMOS labelled Master programmes also collaborate actively with the National Statistical Institutes (NSIs) and other producers of official statistics (ONAs) on hosting interns and developing master thesis projects in the sphere of official statistics.
Internships in an NSI or a statistical department of another producer of official statistics are an integral and compulsory part of the EMOS programme. Through a traineeship (work placement, internship, etc.), EMOS students have an opportunity to apply the knowledge gained during their master’s programme. The traineeship can also serve to develop their master thesis. They help students develop their social skills in an international setting while gaining valuable work experience.
Eurostat has entrusted DevStat Servicios de Consultoría Estadística (Spain) with the organisation of the EMOS student mobility programme. This includes conference attendance sponsorship and the organisation of cross-border traineeships. In the context of cross-border traineeships, DevStat’s role is to facilitate the contacts between the participating trainees (EMOS students), sending institutions (EMOS-labelled master’s programmes), and receiving institutions (hosting institutions) in order to successfully organise and conclude cross-border traineeships for up to 24 EMOS students. DevStat provides an online platform to collect and advertise traineeships vacancy offers from host institutions and allow students to submit spontaneous applications and disseminate all of the relevant information regarding the process, as well as administers financial support to the students for 8-week traineeships.
The EMOS Traineeship Guidelines include important information on the organisation and performance of the traineeships for all the three parties involved in the EMOS cross-border traineeships: trainees, sending institutions and receiving institutions hosting the trainee.
The aim of the guidelines is to ensure a smooth and efficient preparation and recognition of the cross-border traineeship period. The guidelines are structured in three major sections, covering the period before, during and after the cross-border traineeship takes place, and specific provisions and documents for each of the three parties relating to the mentioned three periods.
The EMOS Exchange process at a glance
|Fill the receiving institution form online
The most important thing when trying to match the offers for traineeships with the EMOS students seeking traineeships is to ensure the correspondence between the prospective trainee's skills and interests and the needs and set-up of the receiving institution. In order to find the most suitable match between the prospective trainee and the receiving institution, the latter is encouraged to hold an interview with the preselected candidate(s).
The receiving institution should fill out the receiving institution form on the EMOS cross-border traineeships platform, which can be accessed through this link. The online institution form requires the following information to be provided:
Description of roles at the receiving institution
To successfully organise and run the traineeship, the receiving institution should appoint responsible persons with roles described below. Please note that one or more roles can be played by the same person at the receiving institution.
Once the traineeship is completed, the evaluation of the traineeship will be conducted by the traineeship mentor and will be reflected in the traineeship certificate. Detailed information about the traineeship certificate can be found in Step 4.
The receiving institution should provide appropriate support, including mentoring and the necessary equipment to the trainee. The receiving institution also commits to issue a traineeship certificate evaluating the performance of the student during the cross-border traineeship within 2 months after the end of the traineeship.
It is recommended to establish a mechanism for regular contacts with the academic mentor at the sending institution, including for example a kick-off meeting.
The EMOS prospective trainee submits an application via the dedicated platform after identifying a potential traineeship. Please note that each EMOS student can perform only one cross-border traineeship. However, a student can apply to different traineeships expressing his/her order of preference. DevStat will interview the students to understand their skills and interests and decide whether the selected traineeship would be a good match. It should be noted that the receiving institution may decide to hold an additional interview with the prospective trainee. DevStat will support the organisation to arrange the interview. The receiving institution reserves the right to evaluate the student's application and decide on his/her final acceptance.
In the case of spontaneous applications (i.e., not corresponding to a specific published traineeship offer), the student can complete the dedicated form available at the platform, which can be found here. Please just note that it cannot be guaranteed that the application will be accepted by any receiving institution.
Arrangements related to travel, accommodation, health and accident insurance (in case it is not provided by the sending or the receiving institution) are to be made by the trainee, and all related costs and fees are to be covered by the trainee. The trainee will provide proof of health and accident insurance in case it is not provided by the sending or receiving institution, upon request.
|Sign the Traineeship Agreement
Once the student is accepted by the receiving institution, all three parties have to sign the Traineeship Agreement. The Traineeship Agreement defines the traineeship and identifies the involved parties, assigns them certain tasks and responsibilities, and binds all of them to comply with these EMOS traineeship guidelines. More specifically:
In the event that any of the parties requires the signing of any document in addition to this Traineeship Agreement, it shall be signed separately and shall include the necessary clauses provided that they are accepted by all parties and compatible with these guidelines. For the specific case in which the receiving institution wishes or is obliged to offer the trainee a financial compensation or salary, the financial support provided by Eurostat through DevStat is compatible with additional sources of financing, as stated in the “Financial Support” section further below in the document.
Description of roles at the sending institution
To successfully organise and run the traineeship, the sending institution should appoint responsible persons fulfilling the roles described below. Please note that one or more roles can be played by the same person at the receiving institution.
It is recommended to establish a mechanism for regular contacts with the traineeship supervisor at the receiving (host) institution, including for example a kick-off meeting.
|Exceptional changes Form
The Exceptional changes form should only be completed during the cross-border traineeship if the changes affect the information contained in the original Traineeship Agreement, for instance, a change in the start and/or end date(s) of the traineeship.
In case the change concerns an extension of the duration of the traineeship programme abroad, the request must be made by the trainee at the latest one month before the foreseen end date. The extension of the cross-border traineeship will not lead to an increase in the financial support provided. Should the change imply a reduction of the duration of the traineeship, please keep in mind that, in order to be eligible for sponsoring under the EMOS mobility programme, the traineeships should last at least 8 weeks.
When changes to the traineeship programme arise, they should be agreed as soon as possible with the other parties.
In case of changes to the responsible contact persons (administrative contact person, traineeship mentor or academic mentor), the institution concerned should notify DevStat of the changes as soon as possible.
|Fill in the Traineeship Certificate
Once the traineeship is completed, the receiving institution should send a Traineeship Certificate to the trainee and to the sending institution within two months after the successful completion of the traineeship. It can be provided electronically or through any other means accessible to the trainee and the sending institution. The Traineeship Certificate shall be presented in the proposed template format or, alternatively, shall contain at least the information contained in said template. The actual start and end dates of the traineeship should be included according to the following definitions:
|Recognise the traineeship according to the Traineeship Agreement and provide a Diploma Supplement
The sending institution should recognise the traineeship according to the provisions in the Traineeship Agreement and include it in the student's EMOS Diploma Supplement or issue a separate Diploma Supplement or equivalent. It is also recommended to record the traineeship in the student's Europass Mobility Document (if applicable), particularly in the case of recent graduates, and in any case when the sending institution had committed to do so before the traineeship. Recording the traineeship in the Europass Mobility Document is not applicable to traineeships with Partner Countries which are not part of the Europass network. (Please check if your country is eligible here.
Recognition: all of the credits that the trainee has earned during the traineeship and that were specified in the final version of the Traineeship Agreement are to be recognised by the sending institution, according to its commitment before the traineeship and without further requirements than those agreed upon before the traineeship.
As part of the EMOS mobility programme, 8-week cross-border traineeships taking place in another country than the EMOS student´s place of study (more than 100km away) can be supported financially with 2500€ per trainee. Trainees are reimbursed upon the signature of the Traineeship Agreement. This sum is meant to contribute to costs of travel, accommodation and subsistence in the host venue. Financial support provided by Eurostat through DevStat does not prevent students from applying for and benefiting from other support mechanisms and grants, (e.g., Erasmus+).
Arrangements related to travel, accommodation, health and accident insurance (in case it is not provided by the sending or the receiving institution) are to be made by the trainee, and all related costs and fees are to be covered by the trainee.
DevStat will request banking information of the student to process the payment.
DevStat will make the transfers to a bank account in the student’s name and keep the proof of payments as they constitute original documents that may be subject to the checks and audits provided for in Art.II.24 of the General Conditions applicable to the contract.
Receiving and sending institutions may provide students with information about potential additional support (financial or in-kind) that can be offered. The financial support of 2500€ per trainee provided by Eurostat through DevStat is compatible with additional sources of financing.
In the case where the receiving or sending institution wants to provide additional financial support to the student, this must be specified in the relevant section of the Traineeship Agreement.
Please note that contact persons of each specific traineeship are listed under each Traineeship offer on the website emos.devstat.com. For any communication with DevStat, the contact details are the following: