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How to apply for a traineeship

General Secretariat

1. Paid traineeships

Applications for 2017 paid traineeships are now open.

Applications for the paid traineeships must be submitted using the online system between June and August of the year preceding the traineeship.

The application form is available in French and English. You must have a thorough knowledge of one these two languages in order to apply.

Address in your profile

All correspondence will be sent to the address given in your electronic profile. Please ensure you update your profile if your address changes. This address will be used both in the traineeship offer and for the administrative processing of your file, and will be considered as your place of recruitment. 

Emails from the traineeships office often end up in the spam folder of Gmail, Hotmail and various other types of email accounts. Please check your spam folder regularly for incoming messages from "bureau de stages" (stages@consilium.europa.eu). Also, kindly make sure that you supply a contact phone number in your application form, so that we may get in touch with you in case of need.

Selection procedure

Validated online applications will be examined as of October. First period selected candidates will be contacted in December at the latest, second period selected candidates will be contacted in April at the latest. 

Successful candidates

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, proof of your professional experience, and 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, can be sent together with the supporting documents.

Supporting documents do not need to be sent when you make your online application. You will be asked for them if you are offered a traineeship. You will not be admitted unless you supply the complete file. You will have to deliver proof for all information in your application form (education, professional experience, language knowledge). Therefore you should only include information in the application form for which you have supporting documents.

Keep a copy of all the documents you send to the traineeships office. Please do not send the originals of degree certificates.

Successful applicants will receive an offer by e-mail stating the period of their traineeship and the department which they will be assigned to. Once they accept the offer, the Traineeships Office will send them a traineeship agreement.

Unsuccessful candidates

The GSC receives about 4,000 applications a year for the paid traineeships. Unfortunately, there are only 100 places available.

Unsuccessful candidates will be informed by e-mail or via their EPSO account at the end of January 2017 (for traineeships starting in February) and at the end of April 2017 (for traineeships starting in September).

If you are unsuccessful you can apply again during the next recruitment period.

2. Compulsory unpaid traineeships

These traineeships are for third, fourth or fifth year university students who have to do a compulsory training period as part of their course.

Applications for the unpaid traineeships must be submitted according to the schedule below:

  • 1 February - 30 June traineeship: deadline for applications is 1 October of the preceding year; the selection procedure takes place in October - December
  • 1 September - 31 January traineeship: deadline for applications is 1 April of the same year; the selection procedure takes place in May - June

Application file

Your application for the compulsory unpaid traineeship scheme will not be considered unless you send a complete application file. All applications must include:

  • a completed  application form 
  • a CV
  • a letter stating your reasons for applying
  • a copy of your passport or identity card
  • an official certificate from your education establishment certifying either that you are required to complete a traineeship as part of your studies or for access to a profession, or that you are required to do research for a thesis or a doctorate
  • a copy of your diplomas or official certificates
  • proof of your professional experience (where necessary)
  • proof or substantiated declaration of your knowledge of the languages stated on the application form

You can also include optional supporting documents, such as references, in your file.

Application form for compulsory unpaid traineeships.

Keep a copy of all the documents you send to the traineeships office. Please do not send the originals of degree certificates.

You should send your complete application file via e-mail in PDF format:
Send application

Address in your profile

All correspondence will be sent to the address indicated on the application form. Please ensure you notify the traineeships office by e-mail if your address changes. This address will be used both in the traineeship offer and for the administrative processing of your file, and will be considered as your place of recruitment.

Successful candidates

If you are successful, you will receive an offer by e-mail   stating the period of your traineeship and the department where you will work. If you accept the offer, the Traineeships Office will then send you a contract.

Unsuccessful candidates

If you are unsuccessful you will be informed by e-mail   after the selection procedure has ended. You can apply again during the next recruitment period.

 

3. Traineeships for national officials

Applications must be sent to the Council's director of human resources by the candidates' home administration. These applications should be sent via the relevant permanent representation  in Brussels.

Contact the traineeships office to request the application form or any further information.

Contact

For more information you can contact the traineeships office: