EU Delegations | Internship Offers


The European External Action Service (EEAS) functions as the EU delegations team, aiding the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy in managing the Union’s Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.

The European External Action Service (EEAS) is currently seeking trainees to join their team and gain valuable experience in diplomacy and international affairs.

This is a fantastic opportunity to work alongside seasoned diplomats and contribute to the European Union’s foreign policy objectives.

If you’re interested in applying, check out this article for details on how to submit your application.

The Objectives of the traineeships

In particular traineeships at EU Delegations aim to:

  • Give trainees a special look into the everyday tasks of an EU Delegation and teach them about representing EU interests and values outside the EU.
  • Let trainees experience firsthand the diverse, multilingual, and multicultural atmosphere of a Delegation.
  • Provide trainees with the chance to use what they’ve learned in school or in their early career.
  • Build a group of young people who have firsthand experience working for the EU outside its borders, who might go on to work for the EEAS or other EU institutions in the future.

The Traineeships available

Traineeships are available in four categories:

  1. A paid traineeship for recent graduates with less than one year of work experience.
  2. An unpaid mandatory traineeship for students currently living and studying in the host country.
  3. A traineeship for students enrolled in national administration schools of EU Member States.
  4. A traineeship for civil servants undergoing compulsory professional training in an administration of an EU Member State.

Note that traineeships are essentially established for the benefit of students and young graduates. It is an educational project that does not foresee any contractual or employment relationship with the Delegation.

The Requirements

Depending on which category you apply for, these traineeships are available to citizens of EU countries, citizens from countries applying to join the EU, and people from the country where the traineeship is located.

  • For paid traineeships, you need to have finished university with at least a Bachelor’s degree. For unpaid mandatory traineeships, you should be in your 3rd, 4th, or 5th year of university;
  • You need to be able to speak the language used at the EU Delegation where you’ll be working. Knowing the language of the country you’ll be in is also helpful.

Please note that applications will not be accepted from candidates who have already benefited from any kind of training (paid or unpaid) or employment for more than 6 weeks within an EU institution, body, agency or office.

Do you want to know more?

All available placement offers are here.

Finally, if you need more information and you want to apply, visit the project website.


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