- from 16 February to 15 July (spring session)
- from 16 September to 15 February (autumn session)
Each trainee is assigned to a specific department of the CoR. The nature of the work depends largely on the unit. Some units are more politically oriented, others are more administrative. In general, the type of work assigned is equivalent to that performed by junior executive-grade officials (AD5).
The aim of the traineeship within the CoR is:
- to provide a unique, first-hand experience of the workings of the CoR in particular, and of the EU institutions in general
- to acquire practical experience and knowledge of the day-to-day work of the Committee’s departments
- to work in a multicultural and multilingual environment
- to put into practice knowledge acquired during studies, particularly in your areas of competence
Who can apply?
To apply for a traineeship at the CoR, a number of basic requirements must be fulfilled.
- be a national of one of the Member States of the European Union or of a State which is an official candidate for accession;
- have completed at least the first cycle of a higher education course and obtained a full degree by the closing date for applications
- have a thorough knowledge of one of the official languages of the European Union and a satisfactory knowledge of another EU-working language (French or English)
Access to a traineeship is on merit only. For this reason, the CoR does not make preferential arrangements with specific educational institutions or authorities.
In order to enable as many European citizens as possible to familiarise themselves with the European institutions, no application shall be accepted from any person who has already received more than eight weeks of any kind of in-service training (formal or informal, paid or unpaid) within a European institution or body , or who has been in any kind of employment within a European institution or body, including anyone who is or has been an assistant to a Member of the European Parliament, an intramural consultant or researcher, a temporary staff member, a contract staff member, an auxiliary staff member or an interim staff member of any EU institution, body, delegation or representative office.
The CoR seeks to select trainees on as wide a geographical basis as possible. Applicants of third countries may be granted a traineeship by the Secretary General in exceptional, duly motivated cases.
How to apply?
Since the number of applications received outnumbers the places available, it is important that you understand the procedure and follow it correctly.
Applications are exclusively submitted online via an internet application form in English, French or German.
Before you start filling in the form, please make sure that you have all the required information.
- There are mandatory and optional fields to complete. It is impossible for you to submit your application unless you complete all the mandatory fields. The other fields are optional, and are intended to help the Traineeships Office to establish a more detailed profile of you.
- Please check that all the information you provide is correct. Also check your form thoroughly before submitting it.
- You can return to your application form and make changes at any time before the submission deadline. After this date, no changes are allowed.
Once your application is submitted electronically, you will receive an acknowledgement of receipt by e-mail. With this e-mail you will receive a personal access code. This allows you to check your status during the selection process. No correspondence is carried out regarding individual entries and the Traineeships Office does not provide feedback on evaluation or progress of applications.
Any false statement or omission in the application form, even if unintentional, may lead to rejection of the application or cancellation of a traineeship.
Which service should I apply to?
You have the possibility to choose a preferred service. This is an added criterion for pre-selecting a candidate.
You can find information on the different services in the application form or here.
When should I submit my application?
The electronic application form must be submitted within the following timeframe (unless otherwise stated on the website):
Spring session: Between 1st April and 30th September (midnight, Brussels local time) of the preceding year
Autumn session: Between 1st October and 31st March (midnight, Brussels local time) of the same year
Paid traineeship periods
1 April – 30 September of previous year
1 October – 31 March of same year
Any application received outside this period will not be accepted by the Traineeships Office.
Any application not submitted electronically will not be accepted by the Traineeships Office.
Due to the very high number of applications, the system may encounter problems processing the large amounts of data when reaching the deadline for submission of applications. Therefore, the Traineeships Office advises candidates to send their application well ahead of the deadline.