Working in an EU Delegation

From time to time, the  European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO)  organises calls for expressions of interest for the External Relations department. Candidates must pass a test to be considered for recruitment.

Individuals may also consult the different  delegations' websites   for job vacancies, and a list of vacant contract agent posts is published here.

The Junior Professional in Delegations  is aimed at providing qualified University graduates from EU Member States with invaluable experience in the European Commission’s External Service Delegations situated in particular in  developing countries. The initiative is sponsored by the European Commission and the Member States of the European Union. It enables successful candidates to be employed as a full member of the ‘administrative and technical staff’ of a Delegation for a period of two years.

The  European Diplomatic Programme  is a training programme that promotes the idea of common European diplomacy. It's a common project between the EU Member States and EU Institutions and is part of the EU Common Foreign and Security Policy. In practice this programme is executed by the Member States’ Foreign Ministries, the Commission’s External Service and the Council Secretariat. Participants are young diplomats from the foreign services of Member States and officials of the European Commission and the Council Secretariat.

Non-Remunerated traineeships at the EU Delegations

EU Delegations have a tradition of offering non-remunerated traineeships to young people in third countries or international organisations where they are accredited.

The aim of these traineeships is to provide young graduates with insight knowledge about the daily work of EU Delegations as well as about the EU foreign policy delivery and the representation of EU interests outside the EU.

Are you eligible for non-remunerated traineeship?

You may apply for the traineeship if:

  • You are a national from an EU Member State, pre-accession State or from the third country where the Delegation is accredited
  • You are a young graduate with a University diploma or at your last year of University
  • You have excellent command of foreign languages
  • You have less than 1 year of professional experience
  • You have not yet worked in any of the EU institutions

What are the general rules?

  • Duration: the traineeship can be up to a maximum of six months
  • Cost: traineeships at the EU Delegations are not paid. All costs related to travel, insurance, accommodation and living expenses must be borne by either the trainees themselves or their sponsoring institutions
  • Visa: trainees are responsible for obtaining and covering the cost of necessary visas
  • Travel: trainees have to arrange and finance their travel to the EU Delegation
  • Medical insurance: trainees need to arrange and show proof of a valid medical insurance coverage prior to the start of their traineeship

Where and how to apply?

If you are interested in a non-remunerated traineeship in an EU Delegation, please contact directly the Delegation of your interest. The call of expression and recruitment process are organised and managed by the Delegation. Please note that not all Delegations are offering traineeship programmes.

The full list of EU Delegations is available at the following link: http://eeas.europa.eu/delegations/

Council recommendation on a Quality Framework for Traineeships