What is the Council?
The European Council and the Council of the EU are two very closely linked institutions. They have similar names and share the same buildings and staff - the General Secretariat of the Council (GSC). However, they have very different roles and membership.
Become a Council trainee: apply until the end of August
Each year the Council offers about 120 traineeships to EU nationals who have completed their undergraduate studies. They run in two different periods from February to June and from September to January.
Trainees can participate in all spheres of the Council's work, from the press office and policy directorates to translators and IT specialists. A trainee is a member of the team where he or she is placed and supports the work of EU officials. There is also a rich programme of seminars and study trips and other activities to learn more about how the EU works.
To help with the application process, the Traineeship office of the Council will be answering your questions in a live Q&A session on 2 August at 12:30.