The EIF’s Early Career Programme (ECP) lets you embark on a journey of discovering your purpose. Working alongside different teams in the organisation, you’ll gain valuable, hands-on experience in the European SME financing landscape and beyond. 

The upcoming Early Career Programme is scheduled to start in October 2024. We thank all candidates who showed an interest in our Programme and have submitted their applications. The application submissions are now closed and we are currently in the selection process. All candidates will be contacted regardless of the outcome.  

For those interested in applying to our 2025 Early Career Programme, please see below its main features: 

  • Duration: 3 years
  • Experience: rotation among EIF departments
  • Immersion: collaboration with companies in the private sector
  • Four tracks: Science & data, Financial, Legal & compliance, Generalist
  • Eligibility: maximum 24 months of prior experience, excluding internships/traineeships
  • Qualification: University degree in a relevant field to the tracks
  • Bespoke Learning & Development programme with mentor’s support

Remuneration and benefits

Base salary

You will receive an annual gross salary equal to the minimum of the salary band for grade level 3.

Other financial and non-financial benefits

All our benefits are subject to eligibility criteria and are based on personal circumstances. You will be asked to provide evidence to justify your entitlements, and changes in personal circumstances may imply a change in the allowances/benefits entitlement.

Income tax

The Protocol of Privileges and Immunities of the European Union applies to our staff.

You are liable to pay income tax to the European Union on your EIB salary and pensions. We withhold this tax at source. You are exempt from paying national taxes on your EIB income.

Tax scale

The tax scale is progressive: the greater the taxable income, the higher the rate of tax. The scale is divided into income brackets with increasing percentages of taxation, from 0% to 45%. The original tax scale was laid down in 1968 by EC Regulation No 260/68 on tax, with a coefficient of 100%. This coefficient is readjusted on a regular basis by the Council of Ministers of the European Union and published in the Official Journal of the European Union.

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