The application period is open from 25th November 2013 until 5th January 2014!
Please read the notes of guidance carefully before starting your application
In order to successfully complete your application, you must:
- Fill out the online Application form (meu-strasbourg.org/apply)
- Write a short motivation letter (250 worlds ±10%)*
- Answer ONE essay question (500 words ±10%, no endnotes)*
- Upload any document required for your application
*This does not apply to Interpreters, Photojournalists, Videojournalists - please see the specific requirements below.
Notes of guidance
In order to participate, you need to have your application submitted and accepted, be able to cover your travel costs both to and from Strasbourg and pay the 150€ participation fee. The participation fee covers the accommodation in Strasbourg as well as breakfasts and lunches, social events and transportation within the city.
Anyone holding a valid short-term or long-term residence permit in one of the following states is eligible to apply: all 28 European Union member states, Norway, Liechtenstein, Iceland and Turkey.
Applicants must be between 18 and 26 years of age throughout the duration of the conference.
All fields in the application form MUST BE filled in English, the official language of MEU2014.
Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automatically generated confirmation.
As stated previously, essays must be written in English. We strongly advise that you keep a copy of your essay after submitting your application. Note that, due to anti-plagiarism procedures, two identical essays from two different applicants will disqualify them. Application with no essays or essays on a different topic that those proposed will be automatically rejected.
You must choose one of the following essay questions:
1. Would the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnerships contribute to European recovery, and in which way(s)?
2. With just several months to go to EP elections in May 2014, the youth unemployment debate is taking centre stage. To what extent will the recent youth unemployment measures adopted by the EU institutions affect turnout of young voters in the EP elections?
3. Assess the role of EU Member States' governments in trade negotiations with the US.
You may choose from the following roles. Please note that you may apply for maximum of two roles. You have to submit a motivation letter for both your 1st and 2nd choice
- Member of the European Parliament (MEP)
- Minister of the Council of the European Union
- Photojournalist, Videojournalist
- Interpreter (only 1st choice)
Once you have selected your position, different boxes will appear. These are:
- Member of the European Parliament (MEP): essay (500 words ±10%), motivation letter (250 words ±10%), Curriculum Vitae. You may also indicate whether you would be interested in becoming faction secretary for the pre-conference period.
- Minister of the Council of the European Union: essay (500 words ±10%), motivation letter (250 words ±10%), Curriculum Vitae.
- Lobbyist: motivation letter (250 words ±10%), Curriculum Vitae, one-page position paper arguing whether “austerity measures in certain EU states have contributed to or hindered economic recovery and/or relations between member states”.
The aim of this task is to evaluate your skills in gathering information and presenting it properly, both crucial for the work of a lobbyist. Therefore, font and fontsize, as well as the overall design of your paper, is totally up to you. (see the example of the Lobbying Position Paper of last year download)
- Journalist: essay (500 words ±10%), motivation letter (250 words ±10%), Curriculum Vitae, previous piece of journalistic work (radio, print, TV, online).
- Photojournalist: motivation letter (250 words ±10%), Curriculum Vitae, 10 picture portfolio.
- Videojournalist: motivation letter (250 words ±10%), Curriculum Vitae, video sample (1min 30sec).
- Interpreter: CV, motivation letter (500-1000 words; see points below), reference letter about your interpreting skills, transcript of records from the two last years of your studies (if your university does not provide a copy in English, upload the original version and provide a translation into English). Students in the second year will provide only the transcript for the previous year (without being disadvantaged because of this). Please bear in mind that the grades are not a decisive factor in the selection process and will be taken into account only as an advisory factor in case of equally good applications from students of the same university.
Note: No essay is required for those applying for the role of interpreters.
The motivation letter is the most important part of your application. Please include the following information:
- Your general background information;
- Your studies with emphasis on interpreting;
- Your English language level;
- Your interpreting level (from and into English);
- Your practical interpreting experience so far;
- Why you want to take part in MEU and what you expect to get out of participating;
- How you are planning to prepare for the conference if selected.
Please note that if you apply to two roles demanding an essay each, you will have to write ONE essay ONLY. If the two roles you selected require a motivation letter each, you will have to write TWO motivation letters.
Before submitting your application, you will need to agree with the Terms and Conditions.
4. File upload
You may upload up to 5MB in total. If you encounter any error, upload a smaller file or contact the Head of Participants Coordination via e-mail.