European Union paid Traineeship in EU Delegations worldwide for young graduates

Application Deadilne: Varying by Country

The European Union (EU) has a long tradition of offering traineeship opportunities in EU Delegations around the world.

Traineeships are essentially established for the benefit of students and young graduates. It is an educational project that does not foresee any contractual or employment relationship with the Delegation.

Objectives of traineeships:

Traineeship in EU Delegations should have the following main objectives:

  • To provide trainees with a unique experience about the daily work of an EU Delegation while learning about the representation of the EU interests and values outside of the EU;
  • To offer trainees the possibility of discovering directly the multicultural, multilingual and multi-ethnic working environment of a Delegation;
  • To offer trainees the possibility of applying the knowledge acquired during their studies or their early professional life;
  • To create a group of young people with direct experience in the work of the EU outside of its borders and who could become future collaborators of the EEAS or other EU Institutions.

Based on theDecision ADMIN(2017)28 of 22.12.2017 on the Rules related to Traineeships in the Delegations of the European Union and the Decision ADMIN(2019)30 COR 1 of 12 December 2019traineeships are offered under four different pillars:

  1. Fundedtraineeship for young graduates with less than one year of professional experience;
  2. Unfunded compulsory traineeship for students already residing and studying in the host country;
  3. Traineeship for students of national administration schools of Member States;
  4. Traineeship for trainee civil servants of an administration in a Member State as part of their compulsory professional training.



Depending on a specific pillar, traineeships in EU Delegations are open to:

  • citizens from Member States of the EU
  • citizens from candidate countries which signed an accession agreement with the EU
  • citizens  from the host country


  • For funded traineeships, applicants must have graduated from a university or equivalent higher-education establishment with at least a Bachelor’s level
  • For unfunded compulsory traineeships, applicants shall be 3rd ,4th or 5th year students of  a University or another higher-education establishment.


In order for the trainee to fully benefit from the traineeship and to be able to follow meetings and perform adequately, candidates must have the capacity to speak in the working language of the EU Delegation. Knowledge of the official language of the host country would be an asset.

Previous experience in the EU Institutions

Please note that applications will not be accepted from candidates who have already benefited from any kind of training (paid or unpaid) or employment for more than 6 weeks within an EU institution, body, agency or office.

Additional requirements

When publishing a call for expression of interest, Delegations may add specific requirements relevant to the offered position.

The selection process is managed at Delegation’s level.

PDF iconDetailed information about the eligibility criteria and the selection process

Funded traineeship for young graduates at the EU Delegation to Rwanda

The deadline for submitting applications is 15/10/2020

Funded traineeship for young graduates at the EU Delegation to the Republic of Mauritius and to the Republic of Seychelles- Political, Press and Information Section

The deadline for submitting applications is 11/10/2020

Stage subventionné pour jeunes diplômés au sein de la Délégation de l’UE auprès du Sénégal

Délai pour l’envoi des candidatures: 08/10/2020

Stage subventionné pour jeunes diplômés au sein de la Délégation de l’UE au Burkina Faso

Délai pour l’envoi des candidatures: 08/10/2020 à 18 heures- heure du Burkina Faso

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the European Union Traineeship in EU Delegations



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