Traineeships at the North-South Centre of the Council of Europe

The North-South Centre of the Council of Europe organises traineeships twice a year, for a period of three (minimum) to five (maximum) months.

What is it about

The North-South Centre’s work is based on three principles: dialogue, partnership and global solidarity. Its mission is to promote an active global citizenship among governments, parliaments, local & regional authorities and civil society by raising awareness of global interdependence through intercultural dialogue and global education. The duties to which trainees are assigned include assisting with the preparation of activities, research, different types of drafting and other day-to-day administrative tasks.


The North-South Centre covers its trainees for medical and accident insurance during the traineeship period and a monthly basic allowance of 200€. Trainees are entitled to two days leave per month.

Who can apply

Trainees must have a very good knowledge of one of the Council of Europe's official languages (English and French) and a good knowledge of the other. Good drafting ability required. Trainees are selected by the Executive Director, in agreement with the Unit to which they are assigned.


Each year the sessions take place as follows:
- First session: January - June  (deadline: 31 October of the previous year);
- Second session: July - December (deadline: 30 April of the year of the traineeship).

How to apply

If you want to apply for a traineeship, you should fill in an online application form and follow instructions for sending CV and motivation letter. All applications must be completed in French or English, specifying which session and the number of months you are applying for.

More information

Find out more by visiting the Council of Europe website.