Traineeship at the EU Council

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.

1. 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;
- citizens from candidate countries that have concluded EU accession negotiations;
- 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;
- candidates 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. The majority of applications currently come from candidates with qualifications in law, political science, international relations, EU studies and economics.
The General Secretariat of the Council is also looking for trainees with qualifications in other 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.

Who cannot apply

- applicants who have not already who have already benefited from any kind of training (paid or unpaid) or employment for more than 6 weeks within an EU institution, body, agency or office.

Grant

Paid trainees receive a monthly traineeship grant, a canteen card, accident insurance coverage and a contribution towards the travel expenses from the place of recruitment to Brussels. The grant awarded is decided every year.

There are two five-month traineeship periods, as follows:
- 1 February to 30 June
- 1 September to 31 January

2. COMPULSORY UNPAID TRAINEESHIPS

Unpaid traineeships are offered to third, fourth or fifth-year students who are required to complete a compulsory training period as part of their studies. 

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 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

 Traineeships are split into 2 different periods, each lasting from 2 to 5 months:

- 1 February to  30 June (first period);
- 1 September to  31 January (second period).

Compulsory trainees receive the travel allowance, the accident insurance coverage and a canteen card.

3. TRAINEESHIPS FOR STUDENTS OF NATIONAL ADMINISTRATION SCHOOLS
This programme is intended for students of national administration schools. Traineeships are split into 2 different periods, each lasting from 2 to 5 months:

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

The starting date shall be decided by mutual agreement by the GSC and the national administration school concerned.

Selection Criteria

The candidate shall be enrolled with a national administration school of:

  • a member state
  • or a candidate country that has signed the accession treaty

How to apply

Applications must be sent to the Traineeships Office by the candidates' national administration school.
There is no online application form, please send an email to traineeships@consilium.europa.eu in order to receive more information.

More information

Read more on the European Council's traineeships pages.