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Apply now for a traineeship at the European Council in Brussels(100 paid traineeship positions each year)

Apply now for a traineeship at the European Council in Brussels(100 paid traineeship positions each year)

Are you eager to gain firsthand experience of how the Council and the Council of the European Union operate? The Council offers approximately 100 paid traineeship positions each year, providing an opportunity to delve into the inner workings of these institutions.

Traineeship Programmes

The Council presents two traineeship periods annually:

  • First Period: 16th February to 15th July
  • Second Period: 1st September to 31st January

Additionally, the Council extends traineeship opportunities for students of national administration schools.

Who Can Apply

If you’re wondering whether you qualify, here’s what you need to know:

  • Nationality: EU citizenship is a must.
  • Education: For the main programme, a university degree is required. However, for the positive action programme, a minimum of being a third-year university/college student is necessary.
  • Profile: Diversity is our strength. We welcome candidates from various backgrounds as we offer traineeships across different domains such as policy, administration, communication, IT, and more.
  • Languages: Proficiency in English or French (at least level C1) and familiarity with at least two EU official languages are essential.
  • Experience: No prior training (paid or unpaid) or employment exceeding six weeks at an EU institution, body, agency, or office.
  • Age: There are no age restrictions.
  • Candidates with Disabilities: Those applying for the positive action programme must provide a certificate confirming their disability.

What We Offer

Embark on your traineeship journey with these perks:

  • Monthly Grant: €1,376.88 net
  • Leave: 2 days per month worked
  • Monthly Allowance: €60 for use in the Council’s restaurants
  • Travel Allowance
  • Additional Benefits: Accident insurance, partial health insurance reimbursement, option to join the Council gym for €30, access to library resources, and more.

How to Apply

Applications are accepted twice a year:

  • February Intake: Traineeships commence in September.
  • September Intake: Traineeships start in February of the following year.

Mark your calendars, as applications are open for a limited period. Keep an eye on our website for exact opening dates.

What’s in it for You

A traineeship at the Council promises:

  • Immersive experience in Council operations
  • Insight into EU policies and processes
  • Contribution to daily Council activities
  • Exposure to a diverse work environment
  • Opportunity to share fresh perspectives gained from your studies

Online Info Session

Join us on 27th February 2024 and/or 7th March 2024 at 14:00 (CET) for an online info session. Get insights directly from us and clarify any queries you may have regarding the application process.

Attendance is free, and no registration is necessary.

Former Trainees Speak

Hear from past trainees about their enriching experiences at the Council.

What Trainees Do

Trainees engage in a multitude of activities across various areas within the General Secretariat of the Council. Whether it’s assisting in policy formulation, supporting cross-sectoral initiatives, or contributing to communication strategies, there’s ample opportunity for growth and learning.

Contact Us

For further inquiries, feel free to reach out to the traineeships office at traineeships@consilium.europa.eu or call +32 22813677.

Don’t miss out on this chance to kickstart your career journey with the Council. Apply now and embark on an enriching professional adventure.


For more details, visit the Council’s traineeship page.

Apply Here