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General Secretariat

2017 paid traineeships

Opening date for online application: 01/06/2016 at 12:00 (GMT + 01:00, Brussels time)

Closing date for online application: 31/08/2016 at 12:00 (GMT + 01:00, Brussels time) 

Facebook Q&A

On 30 June and 2 August we held a Facebook Q&A session. Find the answers from our trainees and traineeship office in our Facebook page:

We receive a large number of applications. To avoid overloading the system, please do not wait until the last day before submitting your application.

The General Secretariat of the Council (GSC) offers around 100 paid traineeships every year, each lasting 5 months.

Traineeships are offered to EU nationals who, by the deadline for submitting applications, have completed at least the first part of university studies and have a degree certificate or equivalent.

There are 2 traineeship periods, each lasting 5 months:

  • 1 February - 30 June (first period)
  • 1 September - 31 January (second period)


Please read the information on how to apply and the selection procedure before filling your application.

Please make sure that you have fully understood the content of the  decision on traineeships and that you have filled in the application form correctly. Application forms which do not meet the admission criteria will be rejected.

You should fully prepare your file before filling in this application form.

Make sure you validate your application before the deadline. Before you validate it you should check the information you have entered. You will not be able to change or delete your application once it is validated. After validation you can only modify your personal data in your EPSO account. Your validated or saved application will be listed in your EPSO account under 'Applications'.

At the next stage you will be redirected to a special EPSO website (European Personnel Selection Office). There you will log-in to your EPSO account (or create one, if you do not have one) and fill in the application form for a traineeship. This information will be stored in the EPSO database. The information will be accessible by the GSC Traineeships Office and by any Council departments wishing to hire a trainee.

Scroll down, read & accept the Privacy statement, and then click on "Online application form".

Should you have problems to access the online application form, please try this: log out of your EPSO account and access it through our website by clicking on the link below (Privacy statement and then "Online application form").

The application forms should only be filled in in English and French, even if the system suggests that it is also possible to do it in German.

If you fulfil the admission requirements, please complete the online application form after reading and accepting the privacy statement.

Applications for 2017 compulsory unpaid traineeships

1 February 2017 - 30 June 2017 traineeship: deadline for applications is 1 October 2016

1 September 2017 - 31 January 2018 traineeship: deadline for applications is 1 April 2017 

Please apply using the application form.


For more information you can contact the traineeships office: