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Traineeships at the Council of the European Union

Fancy getting an in-depth understanding of how the main decision-making body of the European Union works? You have until 31 August 2014 to apply for a traineeship (paid or unpaid) at the Council of the European Union!

The traineeship

The General-Secretariat of the Council offers around 100 paid traineeships and 20 unpaid traineeships per year. Traineeships last up to five months and take place during the following periods:

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


In order to apply, you should:

  • be an EU citizen or a citizen of a candidate country;
  • have a thorough knowledge of English or French;
  • have obtained a university degree (for a paid traineeship) or have to do a compulsory training period as part of your university studies (for an unpaid traineeship);
  • haven't received more than 8 weeks' in-service training (paid or unpaid) in any of the EU institutions or bodies.

How to apply

You should use the online application form in order to submit your application, between 1 June and 31 August of the year preceding the traineeship. You can find more on the traineeships by having a look at the rules governing the traineeship

If you are interested in an unpaid traineeship, you should apply within the following deadlines:

  • 1 October (for February - June traineeships);  
  • 1 April (for September - January traineeship)
Good luck with your application!