Reception of applications for 2013 traineeships is closed
Click here to access your application, previously encoded between 1 June and 31 August 2012
Please remember that only your contact details (address, phone, …) can be modified in your application after the submission date.
Each year the General Secretariat of the Council offers some 80 paid traineeships lasting 5 months.
Traineeships are offered to EU nationals who, by the deadline for the lodging of applications, have completed at least the first cycle of a course of university studies evidenced by a degree certificate or equivalent.
There are two five-month traineeship periods, as follows:
- 1 February to 30 June
- 1 September to 31 January
Applications must be submitted between 1 June and 31 August of the year preceding the traineeship.
Applications for 2014 traineeships
The online application form will be accessible from
1 June 2013 to 31 August 2013
To avoid overloading the system, given the very large number of applications, you are advised not to wait until the last day before submitting your application.
The Secretariat receives about 2 500 applications each year; unfortunately, there are only about 80 places available.
Applications registered will be examined between September and January.
If you are selected, you will be asked to supply the following supporting documents:
- a legible copy of your passport or identity card;
- a copy of your diplomas or official certificates;
- where necessary, copies of attestations of your professional experience; proof or a substantiated declaration of your knowledge of the languages stated on the application form.
Any other optional document in support of your application for a traineeship – such as references, for example – can be included in your file.
These supporting documents do not need to be sent at this stage. You will be asked for them if we offer you a traineeship.
You will not be admitted unless you supply the complete file.
Successful applicants will receive an offer by e-mail stating the period of their traineeship and the department to which they will be assigned. When they have accepted the offer, the Traineeships Office will send them a contract.
Not selected candidates will be informed by e-mail or via their Epso profile at the end of January.