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Traineeship at the Council of the European Union

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Each year the General Secretariat of the Council offers three types of traineeships: paid, unpaid and traineeships reserved for national officials.
Trainees will be attached to a department and work as part of the team to which they are assigned. The tasks of the trainees include attending meetings, drafting minutes and carrying out preparatory work or research on a particular subject.

1. PAID TRAINEESHIPS
Each year the General Secretariat of the Council offers some 100 paid traineeships lasting 5 months.

Selection Criteria:

  • nationals of one of the Member States of the European Union
  • candidates have completed by the deadline for the lodging of the applications at least the first cycle of a course of university studies validated by a certificate
  • national officials are not eligible for this programme
  • applicants have a thorough knowledge of one of the official languages of the EU and satisfactory knowledge of another of these languages. In practice, knowledge of at least French or English is necessary
  • applicants who have not already undergone an in-service training in another European institution

    Priority will be given to applicants on the basis of the results obtained during their studies. Preference shall be given to applicants:

  • who have completed or started a course on European integration
  • who hold posts in the private or public sector dealing with activities of the EU

    The grant awarded is decided every year.

    There are two five-month traineeship periods, as follows:
    - 1 February to 30 June
    - 1 September to 31 January

    Applications for 2018 traineeships will open in June 2017.

    Read here more about paid traineeships.

    2. COMPULSARY UNPAID TRAINEESHIPS

  • Unpaid traineeships are offered to third, fourth or fifth year students who are required to complete a compulsory training period as part of their studies. 

    Selection Criteria:

  • any national of the EU Member States or a State that is a candidate for accession
  • who is a third, fourth or fifth-year student (or equivalent) of a higher-education establishment or university which requires such a period of training to be undertaken as part of the course of study or for access to a profession, or who is required to do research for a thesis or doctorate.
  • applicants have a thorough knowledge of one of the official languages of the EU and satisfactory knowledge of another of these languages. In practice, knowledge of at least French or English is necessary
  • applicants who have not already undergone an in-service training in another European institution

    Deadlines for receipt of applications (at least three months in advance):
     

  • 1 October (for the period 1 February to  30 June);
  • 1 April (for the period 1 September to  31 January).

    The application form should be sent by post; no online application will be accepted.
    Read here more about unpaid compulsary traineeships.

    3. TRAINEESHIPS WITH OFFICIALS
    This programme is intended for officials for ministries, government or regional agencies and the diplomatic corps of the EU Member States or a State that is a candidate for accession. The traineeships run for a period from 3 to 6 months.
    "National officials" trainees are staff employed by national administrations and paid by them.

    Selection Criteria:

  • any national official of the EU Member States or a State that is a candidate for accession
  • have a university degree or at least three years' professional experience in duties corresponding to a university education
  • applicants have a thorough knowledge of one of the official languages of the EU and satisfactory knowledge of another of these languages. In practice, knowledge of at least French or English is necessary

    There is no online application form, contact the Traineeships Office for an application form.
    Read here more about Tranineeships reserved for national officials.

Contact

General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union
B-1048 Brussels
phone: 
+322 281 64 61