Junior Professional Internships in Delegation

Deadline: 31 January 2017
Open to: nationals of EU Member States, holding at least a university degree equivalent to the Master’s degree with, with an excellent command of English and/ or French
Remuneration: a grant of 1,300 EUR + accommodation contribution set at 1,000 EUR + journey and insurance contribution


The European External Action Service (EEAS) and the European Commission (EC) have established a high-level traineeship programme which gives an opportunity to highly qualified junior professionals from the EU Members State to work in the EU Delegations worldwide. The aim of the programme is to enable young people to gain a first-hand experience in the work of Delegations and an in-depth understanding of their role in the implementation of EU external policies.

Every 18 months, the EEAS and EC open a call for expression of interest. For the current round 2016-2017, there are 75 young professionals posted in different Delegations. The EEAS and the EC will finance minimum 56 JPDs posts (2 per Member State) for the round 2017-2019.


  • Be a national of an EU Member State;
  • Hold at least a university degree equivalent to the Master’s degree (see Diplomas Annex) in a domain relevant to the activities of the Delegations;
  • Have an excellent command of English and/ or French; knowledge of other languages is an asset;
  • Show a great interest and motivation to work in a Delegation;
  • Professional experience, extra-curriculum activities such as volunteering or publications, is an important asset.


Selected candidates will be offered a single traineeship agreement of a fixed-term of nine 9 months, which can be renewed for another period of 9 months.

Trainees are entitled to a monthly remuneration package composed of:

  • A grant of 1,300 EUR;
  • An accommodation contribution set at 1,000 EUR;
  • A hardship contribution added to these mentioned above – depending on the Living Conditions Allowance in a Delegation from 10% to 35%. (see LCA table).

In addition, JPDs will be granted:

  • An installation contribution of 2,000 EUR at the beginning of their traineeship;
  • A contribution to the cost of the journey of 2,500 EUR for each period of 9 months of traineeship;
  • A contribution of 500 EUR for the insurance cost for each period of 9 months of traineeship.

How to apply?

Applications shall be addressed exclusively to the authorities designated by each EU Member State. The modalities for presenting applications to the respective national authorities are determined by the EU Member States and should be made available on their relevant websites. Applicants can only apply in one Member State.

Candidates are asked to provide information on their academic achievements, knowledge of languages, professional experience, extra-curriculum activities and motivation. In addition, they are asked to indicate 3 geographical preferences for their potential assignment as well as the function they are applying for:

  • Political, press and information (28 positions) 
  • Aid management, trade and economic issues functions (28 positions).

More information on the official website.

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