Apply for Traineeships at the General Secretariat of the EU Council


Deadline : March 16, 2020 .  

Apply for Traineeships at the General Secretariat of the Council of the European Union. The European Council is the EU institution that defines the general political direction and priorities of the European Union. It consists of the heads of state or government of the member states, together with its President and the President of the Commission.

Every year, there are around 100 places available for paid traineeships, around 20 places for unpaid compulsory traineeships and and up to 6 places for paid trainees with a disability.

As a trainee, a traineeship at the General Secretariat of the Council (GSC) offers:

  • first-hand experience of the work of the GSC
  • EU knowledge - insight into the processes and policies of the EU institutions
  • an opportunity to contribute to the Council's day-to-day business
  • the chance to work in a multicultural, multilingual and multi-ethnic environment
  • an opportunity to share your fresh point of view and the knowledge you have acquired during your studies


Successful candidates will receive the following benefits:

  • Most of the traineeships offered are paid.
  • Paid trainees receive a traineeship grant of 1196,84 €/month, a canteen card, accident insurance coverage and a contribution towards the travel expenses from the place of recruitment to Brussels.
  • Compulsory trainees and students of national schools of administration do not receive a traineeship grant. Compulsory trainees receive the travel allowance, the accident insurance coverage and a canteen card.
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To be eligible, you must fulfil the following criteria

GSC traineeships are open to following Nationalities:

  • EU citizens
  • citizens from candidate countries that have concluded EU accession negotiations

Candidates must have very good knowledge of at least two EU official languages. Given that English and French are used extensively for internal communication within the GSC, a good knowledge of English or French is required, (*C level according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages).

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

To Note: The GSC is also looking for trainees with qualifications in other domains, such as: translation, human resources, communication, education studies, computer sciences (collaboration platforms), archives and document management, civil engineering, graphic design, multimedia, agriculture, biochemical engineering, health and food safety, energy management, environment, aerospace engineering.


To apply, you must provided the required documents and attachments which must be delivered using the online application platform

Applications for the September 2020 to January 2021 traineeship are open from 17 February to 16 March 2020 (noon, Brussels time).

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For more information, visit European Council Traineeships


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