Each year the General Secretariat of the Council(GSC) offers 4 types of traineeships:
- paid: 100 paid traineeships a year to EU nationals who, by the deadline for submitting applications, have completed at least the first part of their university studies and have a degree certificate or equivalent, lasting 5 months and starting either on 1st February to 30 June (first period) or on 1st September to 31 January (second period);
- unpaid: 20 unpaid traineeships per year. These traineeships are for third, fourth or fifth year university students who have to do a compulsory training period as part of their course; also students who are required to do research for a thesis or a doctorate may apply.
- traineeships reserved for students of national administration schools and special programmes for trainees with a disability: 4-6 paid traineeships a year to EU nationals with a recognised disability. Candidates must have a university degree or be at least third year students (or equivalent) of a higher education establishment.
EU Internships at the European Council
Joining the Council team means getting:
- first-hand experience of the work of the GSC;
- EU knowledge, insight into the processes and policies of the EU institutions;
- the opportunity to be part of the Council’s day-to-day business;
- the opportunity to work in a multicultural, multilingual and multi-ethnic environment;
- the opportunity to share your fresh point of view and the knowledge you have acquired during your studies.
If you are a EU citizen or coming from a candidate country that has concluded EU accession negotiations and have very good knowledge of at least two EU official languages and have not 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 not miss this opportunity and submit your application by 27 September 2022.
Who Can Apply
- you need to be an EU citizen or coming from a candidate country that has concluded EU accession negotiations.
- you should have very good knowledge of at least two EU official languages. Given that English and French are used extensively for internal communication within the GSC, a good knowledge of English or French is required.
The majority of applicants have qualifications in law, political science, international relations, EU studies and economics but of course you can also be qualified in other fields, such as: translation, human resources, communication, education studies, computer sciences, graphic design, multimedia, agricultural technology, biochemical engineering, health and food safety, energy management, environment, aerospace engineering.
If you 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 you’re not eligible to apply.
For more detailed information on the different positions and deadlines to submit your application, please check the official website of the EU Council regularly.
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