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Traineeships at the General Secretariat

Different types of traineeship

1. Paid traineeships

The GSC 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

2. Compulsory unpaid traineeships

The GSC offers around 20 unpaid traineeships per year. These traineeships are for 3rd, 4th or 5th year university students who have to do a compulsory training period as part of their course.

Traineeships are split into two different periods, each lasting from 1 to 5 months:

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

3. Traineeships for national officials

This programme is intended for officials from ministries, government or regional agencies and the diplomatic corps of the EU member states or of a candidate country.

National officials who do a traineeship with the GSC are employed and paid by their national administration.

 

Who can apply?

Nationality

GSC traineeships are open to:

  • EU citizens, or
  • citizens from candidate countries that have concluded EU accession negotiations, and
  • who have recently graduated from a university or equivalent higher-education establishment

Citizens from countries currently in accession negotiations may only take part in the  traineeships for national officials programme

Languages

A thorough knowledge of French or English is required, as they are the main working languages at the GSC.

Profiles

The majority of applications currently come from candidates with qualifications in law, political science, international relations, EU studies and economics.

The GSC 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 can't apply?

Applications from people who have already received more than 8 weeks' in-service training (paid or unpaid) in any of the EU institutions or bodies will not be accepted.

Contact

Contact the Traineeships Office for more information

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