Traineeships  

 

In a standard traineeship, you will be witnessing first-hand the dynamics of a multilingual and multinational work environment. Within a small group of trainees you will not only be able to attend a wide range of conferences, forums and seminars, but you will also have the unique possibility to create an event by yourself!

Click here to see the projects that our former trainees brought to life!

 

The European Committee of the Regions offers the following opportunities for traineeships:

Standard traineeships

In a nutshell
  • 5 months
  • Full time / 40 hours a week
  • Workplace in Brussels, Belgium
  • Paid by grant (approx. 1170 euros)
  • Preferred choice between 3 of the CoR's departments
  • Accomodation not included
  • 50% discount on public transportation ticket
  • Health insurance cover optional
  • Accident insurance included
Calendar

Spring Session:16th of February to 15th of July
Application period: 1st of April 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: 1st of October 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 or citizens from a state which is an official candidate for accession
  • Applicants of third countries may be granted a traineeship by the Secretary General in exceptional, duly motivated cases
  • 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)
  • Fill out the online application form (in English, French or German)
  • 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

Finalise your research project or satisfy your specific interest in the work of one of the CoR's department by applying for a short term study visit!

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 or citizens from a state which is an official candidate for accession

Note: Applicants of third countries may be granted a traineeship by the Secretary General in exceptional, duly motivated cases.

  • 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, French or German
  • 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

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 or an official accession candidate

Note: Including civil servants enrolled in governmental training programme

  • 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