Delegation of the European Union to Papua New Guinea

The EU Internship Programme 2019 invites applications

17/05/2019 - 10:12
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The Delegation of the European Union to Papua New Guinea offers two internships for a period of 5 months, which is expected to begin July 2019 through to the end of November 2019. This is the second year that this opportunity will be offered at the Delegation. The Programme is not exclusive to PNG but on offer at practically all of the other 140 European Union Delegations worldwide, with many young university graduates benefiting from this rich experience, including many Europeans, some of whom later became career EU officials. New graduates have a wonderful chance to transition from study to work through a unique multicultural work experience at a prominent EU diplomatic representation.

Are you eligible for traineeship?

You may apply for the traineeship if:

  • Nationality: You are a Papua New Guinean national or a EU national
  • University student: You are a University student who graduated in 2018 or has already graduated in 2019 from any University or Institution, authorised to deliver academic qualifications at Bachelor or Master level. Your studies focused on International Relations /Politics, Journalism & Public Relations, Gender and Development Studies, or Economics and/or International Trade.
  • Languages: You have an excellent command of spoken and written English as well as a good knowledge of local trade language i.e. PNG Pidgin English and/or Motu. Fluency in one or more of the 24 official languages of the European Union ( will be considered an asset.
  • Experience:  You can only be considered for this internship if you have no prior professional experience.

PLEASE NOTE: Internships at the Delegation of the European Union to Papua New Guinea are not a full-time remunerated position. Successful candidates receive a modest stipend to support basic expenses. Further to this, it is important to note that the internship is unrelated to any future employment opportunities that may arise at the Delegation. The internship also does not constitute any obligation for the European Union to offer interns a long-term contractual relationship.  At the time of application all candidate interns must be able to provide proof that they have graduated or are about to graduate.  The right of final decision regarding eligibility and admission to the internship programme resides solely with the Delegation of the European Union to Papua New Guinea.

What are the rules?

  • Duration: the traineeship is for a duration of maximum five months.
  • Cost: All costs related to travel, insurance, accommodation and living expenses must be borne by the intern; The EU Delegation shall offer a modest stipend to assist interns to cover their daily costs.
  • Travel: Candidates shortlisted for the selection process shall arrange and finance their travel to Port Moresby where the EU Delegation to Papua New Guinea is located.
  • Proof of medical fitness: Before the internship offer becomes final, selected candidates will be required to produce a medical certificate attesting their medical fitness to work. It is within the sole discretion of the EU Delegation to Papua New Guinea to decide whether the certificate submitted satisfies this administrative requirement.
  • Proof of medical insurance: Before the internship offer becomes final, selected candidates will have to produce satisfactory documentary evidence of having taken out medical insurance. Such insurance shall remain in place for the entire duration of the internship period. Under no circumstances will the Delegation of the European Union to Papua New Guinea be liable for any health care costs incurred by an intern while he or she is an intern at the Delegation in Port Moresby.
  • Identification: Candidates must have a valid Passport and/or National Identification Card.

How to apply and when to start?

Interested candidates should send a brief, engaging and convincing motivation letter/Statement of Purpose, a copy of their resume and contact details of at least one referee (e.g. a tutor or professor or the head of an organisation where the candidate trainee did voluntary work) to the email address hereafter, mentioning the title of the traineeship of interest:

1- International Relations /Politics, Journalism & Public Relations Internship,

2- Gender and Development Studies Internship,

3- Economics and/or International Trade Internship.

Each successful candidate commits to the full duration of the internship (5 months), based in  the Delegation of the European Union to Papua New Guinea located in Port Moresby, the National Capital District of Papua New Guinea.

E-mail address:

Deadline for application: before midnight local PNG time on 07 June 2019 (Late application shall not be considered). .

Tentative Start Date: Mid July 2019.

What are the required documents to provide, if selected?

Those selected will be obliged to provide the following documents:

  1. Internship Agreement (to be provided by the EU Delegation) duly signed by Intern
  2. Updated resume
  3. Copy of Intern NID Card or valid ID such as a Passport
  4. Medical Insurance Certificate letter covering trainee's traineeship period (i.e. valid medical insurance card).
  5. University certificate and academic transcript

 Only selected candidates will be contacted.


Selection process

The EU Delegation to Papua New Guinea shall apply an objective selection process based on merits and aimed at ensuring that all candidates are treated in an equal, fair, transparent and non-discriminatory way. The EU promotes gender equality in the workplace and with respect to this and the country circumstances the objective is to select one applicant from each gender to participate in the Internship programme.


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