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Traineeship at the Council of the European Union

Πρακτική Άσκηση στο Συμβούλιο της Ευρωπαϊκής Ένωσης
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.

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  who 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 should 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 currently fixed at EUR 1087 per month.

There are two five-month traineeship periods, as follows:

  • 1 February to 30 June
  • 1 September to 31 January


Applications for 2015 traineeships: the online application form will be accessible from 2 June to 1 September 2014.

Read here more about paid traineeships.

 

UNPAID TRAINEESHIPS
Unpaid traineeships are offered to students who are required to complete a compulsory training period as part of their studies. The traineeships can be from 1 to 5 months, depending on the requirements of the educational establishment. 

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 who 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 1/2 - 30/6)
  • 1 April (for the period 1/9 - 31/1)

The application form should be sent by post; no online application will be accepted.

Read here more about unpaid traineeships. 

 

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. 

Published: Mon, 02/06/2014 - 17:13


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