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Traineeships 

The CoR is a relatively young institution and, as such, recognizes the importance of giving voice to the ideas of newcomers and younger generations. Involving young people in the EU decision-making process is precisely the aim of the CoR traineeship programme.
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Standard traineeships​

As a CoR trainee, you will be witnessing first-hand the dynamics of a multilingual and multinational institution. Within a small group of trainees, you will not only be able to work across a wide range of EU policy aspects, but you will also have the unique possibility to create an event by yourself! Thanks to the unique YFactor scheme, trainees are invited to carry out project works addressing issues that are relevant for European regions and cities. Whether you decide to work on a conference, a podcast, or an eBook – as a CoR trainee your creativity will be challenged and encouraged!

Standard traineeships ​In a nutshell

  • 5 months
  • Full time / 40 hours a week
  • Workplace in Brussels, Belgium
  • Paid by grant (approx. 1200 euros/month)
  • Preferred choice between 3 of the CoR's departments
  • Travel and mobility allowance
  • Health insurance cover optional
  • Accident insurance included

Calendar

Spring Session:16th of February to 15th of July

Application period: 1st of July to 30th of September (midnight, Brussels time) of the previous year
Pre-selection and interviews: November
Selection: December

Autumn Session: 16th of September to 15th of February

Application period: 1stJanuary to 31st of March (midnight, Brussels time) of the same year
Pre-selection and interviews: May
Selection: June

Warning: Avoid applying close to the deadline, as high data traffic could impair the chance of your application to reach us. We will not accept any applications that were not send in time or not submitted electronically.

Who are we looking for?

  • EU citizens
  • Citizens from third countries (including the UK) may apply and may be selected in exceptional cases, notably if their candidature is of particular interest to the CoR and if they comply with requirements under national immigration law for residing and working legally in Belgium​​
  • University graduates that have completed a full degree by the closing date for applications
  • Candidates with excellent knowledge of one of the EU's official languages and satisfactory knowledge of French or English
  • Candidates that have NOT yet received more than 8 weeks of training or employment with a European Institution or body. This applies also to assistants to a Member of the European Parliament, intramural consultants or researchers, temporary/contract/auxiliary/interim staff members of any EU institution, body, delegation or representative office

How to apply?

  • Choose your preferred CoR-department (up to 3 possible)
  • Make sure that you fill the mandatory fields, only provide correct information and check before you submit

Note: You will still be able to make changes to your form before the application deadline. False statements will lead to rejection of the application or cancellation of the traineeship.

Note: After submitting you will receive a personal access code with whom you can check your application status anytime 

Got what it takes? Use our Application form and apply now!

Short term study visits

Students looking to finalise their work project or curious about how local and regional authorities contribute to EU legislation in fields such as Citizenship, Cohesion, Climate Change, Public Procurement, and Security are welcome to apply for a short-term study visit! Study visits are an excellent opportunity to discover the geographical dimension of EU policies. Moreover, they provide the occasion to reinforce academic preparation with first-hand experience about the work of an EU consultative body.

Short term study visits ​In a nutshell

  • 1-4 months, extendable to 6 months depending on the resources available
  • Starting date is agreed upon with the candidate
  • Full time/ 40 hours a week
  • Workplace in Brussels, Belgium
  • Unpaid, all expenses to be covered by the participant
  • Health insurance cover not provided
  • Accident insurance included

Who are we looking for?

  • EU citizens

Note: Citizens from third countries (including the UK) may apply and may be selected in exceptional cases, notably if their candidature is of particular interest to the CoR and if they comply with requirements under national immigration law for residing and working legally in Belgium​​

  • University graduates that have completed at least a Bachelor's degree

Note: The Secretary General or his delegate may grant derogation to candidates who are not yet holder of a Bachelor's degree provided they can demonstrate to have successfully completed, at the start of the study visit, at least half of the training cycle related to a Bachelors' degree which is deemed relevant to CoR activities.

  • Candidates with excellent knowledge of one of the EU's official languages and satisfactory knowledge of French or English

What do I need to apply?

  • Curriculum vitae in English or French
  • Motivation letter mentioning your preferred CoR department
  • Legible copy of a passport or identity card, giving surnames, forenames, date and place of birth and the nationality of the applicant
  • Proof of obligatory health insurance cover for the whole short term study visit
  • Copy of the Bachelor diploma or a certificate attesting that the candidate has successfully completed, at the start of the study visit, at least half of the training cycle related to a Bachelors' degree which is deemed relevant to CoR activities

Upon request you will need to provide:

  • Copies of relevant diplomas and/ or official certificates held
  • Copies of proof of professional experiences
  • Proof of knowledge of at least one of English or French

Note: All these documents are to be sent electronically to the Traineeships Office: trainee@cor.europa.eu

Traineeship for Government Officials

Officials of public institutions of an EU country looking for enhancing their skills and sharing knowledge with a vibrant community of EU experts might find a semester working with the CoR as a valuable learning opportunity

Traineeship for Government Officials ​In a nutshell

  • 1-4 months, extendable to 6 months possible with permission of the Secretary General
  • Starting date is agreed upon with the candidate
  • Full time/ 40 hours
  • Workplace in Brussels, Belgium
  • Unpaid, all expenses to be covered by the participant or their sending authority
  • Accident insurance covered by the CoR

Who can apply?

  • Staff from a national, regional or local public authority of an EU Member state 

Note: Citizens from third countries (including the UK) may apply and may be selected in exceptional cases, notably if their candidature is of particular interest to the CoR and if they comply with requirements under national immigration law for residing and working legally in Belgium​​​

  • Existing job has corresponding duties to the level of an EU Administrator
  • Excellent knowledge of French or English

What do I need to apply?

  • A curriculum vitae in English, French or German
  • A motivation letter mentioning your preferred CoR-department

Once accepted, you will be asked for:

  • Confirmation of employment by the sending authority and its agreement to a traineeship at the CoR
  • Legible copy of a passport or identity card, giving surnames, forenames, date and place of birth and the nationality of the applicant
  • Proof of obligatory health insurance cover
  • Proof of Language skills

Note: All these documents are to be sent electronically to the Traineeships Office: trainee@cor.europa.eu

Apply via our Application form

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