How to apply for a traineeship

General Secretariat

1. Paid traineeships

Applications for 2017 paid traineeships are now closed. Applications for 2018 traineeships will open on 11 September 2017.

Applications for paid traineeships must be submitted using the online system:

  • between 11 September and 16 October 2017 for the first traineeship period (1 February - 30 June 2018)
  • between 15 January and 15 March 2018 for the second traineeship period (1 September 2018 - 31 January  2019)

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

First period selected candidates will be contacted in December at the latest, second period selected candidates will be contacted in May 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 2018 (for traineeships starting in February) and at the end of June 2018 (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 studies. Also students who are required to do research for a thesis or a doctorate may apply.

Applications for compulsory 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 April- June

If selected a traineeship agreement will be signed with you. No other agreement or convention (e.g. with your university) will be signed.

Application

Applications for compulsory unpaid traineeships must be submitted via e-mail and must include: 

  • a completed application form,
  • 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.

Supporting documents do not need to be sent with the application form. 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 (i.e. education, professional experience, language knowledge) if you are selected. Therefore you should only include information in the application form for which you have supporting documents. You can also include optional supporting documents, such as references, in your file.

Application form for compulsory unpaid traineeships.

You should send your complete application via e-mail with the application form and the certificate from your university 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. You will be asked to supply the following documents to support the information in the application form:

  • a legible copy of your passport or identity card,
  • a copy of your diplomas or official certificates (where necessary),
  • proof of your professional experience (where necessary),
  • proof or a substantiated declaration of your knowledge of the languages stated on the application form.

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

 After verification of supporting documents, the Traineeships Office will send you a traineeship agreement for signature. No other agreement or convention (e.g. with your university) will be signed.

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 application 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: