Traineeships – European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS)

Deadline: 25 June 2018
Open to: citizens of an EU member state
Benefits: stipend of 1,300 EUR per calendar month. Paris-based trainees will receive an additional 200 EUR as a cost-of-living adjustment


From September 2018, the European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS) is seeking to recruit six trainees to assist in its research and outreach activities. This will provide an opportunity for selected candidates to build research skills, to develop experience working in an agency of the European Union; gain exposure to policy-oriented research; and deepen the understanding of European foreign policy mechanisms and priorities. The traineeship promises to be an interesting and rewarding opportunity for career and personal development. Throughout the traineeship, trainees will closely work with a designated Senior Analyst, Associate Analyst or the Brussels Executive Officer for one of the trainees based in Brussels.

Four trainees will be based at the EUISS Paris Headquarters and two trainees will be based in the Brussels Liaison Office.

The duties and responsibilities of trainees will include:

  • Desk and library research on topics selected by the Senior Analyst;
  • Assist in organising of events, including finding and contacting speakers, preparing material, taking notes etc.;
  • Preparation of research dossiers, write-up of material, completing/updating of the mapping of research topics.

For the 2018-2019 traineeship programme, the required domains of expertise are:

  • Asia, with particular focus on maritime security;
  • Cybersecurity and cyber diplomacy (Brussels Liaison Office);
  • European foreign, security, and defence policy (Brussels Liaison Office);
  • Justice and Home Affairs;
  • Russia and the eastern neighbourhood;
  • Sub-Saharan Africa.

In addition, trainees based in Brussels may be requested to undertake the following responsibilities:

  • Assistance in the organisation of events(e.g. booking hotels, preparing conference agendas and liaising with participants);
  • Logistical support and performance of administrative tasks linked to EUISS events;
  • Event-related research support, if needed;
  • Updating of EUISS databases and mapping contacts;
  • Other related duties as required.

When submitting their applications, candidates are obliged to select one domain of expertise only.


Eligibility criteria and required competencies are:

Nationality: Candidates must be citizens of an EU member state.

Education: Candidates must possess a Master’s degree in political science, international relations, economics, or a related field at the time of the traineeship’s beginning.

Linguistic skills: Candidates must be completely fluent in English and have a thorough knowledge of at least one other EU language.

Core Competencies:

  • Experience in doing data gathering and research;
  • Computer literacy;
  • Some previous relevant work experience will be considered an asset;
  • Proven analytical and report writing skills will be considered an asset.


Duration: The traineeship will be for a period of 10 months, running from the beginning of September 2018 to the end of June 2019.

Location: Four trainees will be based at the EUISS headquarters in Paris and two at the EUISS Brussels Liaison Office.

Stipend: Trainees will be awarded a stipend of €1,300 per calendar month. Paris-based trainees will receive an additional €200 as a cost-of-living adjustment.

Other conditions:
Trainees are expected to be present at the Institute during normal working hours, although justified absences may be authorised. Trainees are entitled to 1.5 day’s leave per month, as well as statutory holidays.
Health and accident insurance is compulsory. The EUISS does not provide such insurance. Proof of insurance must be presented to the EUISS at the latest on the first day of the traineeship and should be valid for the entire period of the traineeship.

The EUISS regrets that it cannot pay for travel expenses or accommodation, nor can it assist trainees in finding accommodation in Paris or Brussels.

How to apply?

Instructions for applicants:

  • Complete the online application form;
  • Attach a detailed CV (.pdf or .doc/x);
  • Attach a cover letter addressed to the EUISS Director, outlining the reasons for the candidate’s interest in the Institute’s traineeship programme and the applicant’s main strengths.

All applicants will be informed of the results of their application by the end of the procedure. The deadline for applications is Monday, 25 June 2018, 14:00 CET. Applications received after this deadline will not be considered.

Click here to download the rules governing the traineeship programme at the EUISS.

For more information please visit the official website.