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European Council Traineeship Programme 2024 for young Europeans.

Application Deadline: 14 March, 2024

The European Council traineeship programme offers first-hand experience of how the Council and the EU work. Around 100 paid traineeship positions are available each year

Traineeship programmes

 Twice a year, the Council offers 5-month paid traineeships in Brussels:

  • 16 February to 15 July (first period)
  • 1 September to 31 January (second period)

The Council also offers traineeships for students of national administration schools:


NationalityEU citizens 
EducationMain programme: already have a university degree.Positive action programme: at least a third year student of a university/college
ProfileWe are looking for candidates with diverse backgrounds as we offer traineeships in different areas (policy, administration, communication, IT, etc.)
LanguagesA good knowledge of English or French is required (at least level C1 according to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages)Very good knowledge of at least two EU official languages
ExperienceNo previous training (paid or unpaid) or employment for more than six weeks at an EU institution, body, agency or office
AgeThere is no age limit 


  • Monthly grant of €1 376.88 net
  • 2 days of leave per month worked
  • 60€ monthly allowance to be used in the Council’s restaurants
  • Travel allowance

Other benefits:

  • Accident insurance
  • Access to health insurance (partial reimbursement)
  • Option to join the Council gym for 30€
  • Access to all Council library resources and services (eBooks, newspapers, etc.)

How to apply

Applications are open twice a year:

  • in February for traineeships starting in September
  • in September for traineeships starting in February of the following year

Applications are open for a limited period. Information about the exact opening dates for each application period are published on this page several weeks in advance.

Traineeship calendar

February September
Application periodAugust – SeptemberApplication periodFebruary – March
Selection and interviewsOctober – DecemberSelection and interviewsApril – June
Traineeship periodFebruary – July Traineeship periodSeptember – January 

More Info: European Council Traineeship Programme



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