Traineeships in the Council of the European Union

Deadline: 31 August 2014
Open to: Recent graduates from EU countries
Remuneration: paid internship


The General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union offers around 100 paid traineeships a year to EU nationals who have completed at least the first part of their university studies, and have obtained a degree certificate.

Traineeships are split into two different periods, each lasting five months:

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

Trainees will be assigned to a department where they will work as part of the team. They may be required to attend meetings of working parties (and possibly Coreper and Council meetings), draft minutes, translate documents or carry out preparatory work and research on a particular subject. Trainees will also be invited to participate in a study programme that includes visits and conferences at other EU institutions in Brussels, Luxembourg and Strasbourg.


  • EU citizens
  • recently graduated from a university or equivalent higher-education establishment
  • thorough knowledge of French or English
  • qualifications in the 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, law, political science, international relations, EU studies and economics


Applications must be submitted using the online system between 1 June and 31 August of the year preceding the traineeship. Apply online HERE.

For further information visit the official website HERE.

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