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1. Purpose of traineeships
The purpose of a traineeship with the European Economic and Trade Office is, in particular:
- To provide you with a unique experience about the daily work of the EETO while learning about the representation of EU interests and values outside of the EU.
- To give you a better understanding of the objectives and policies of the EU.
- To provide you with practical knowledge of the working of the European External Action Service (EEAS).
- To enable you to acquire personal experience through your everyday work contacts.
- To enable you to further and to put into practice the knowledge you have acquired during your studies or professional careers.
While the term of your traineeship may vary, we recommend a duration of at least three months and in no case longer than 6 months. You may devote part of the period to preparing a postgraduate thesis or an academic paper, though we would prefer a full time commitment.
Admission to in-service traineeships does not confer on trainees the status of officials or other servants of the Communities. It in no way entitles you to be appointed by the EEAS.
A traineeship at the European Economic and Trade Office is unpaid. As a public sector organisation, we are unable to offer you the compensation which you may be able to receive in the private sector. We offer a unique opportunity to gain a hands-on work experience of the European Union, the world's largest trading entity and the most prominent organisation transcending the nation state.
3. Who can apply?
- You are a 3rd, 4th or 5th year university student or a post-graduate student under the age of 30.
- You are a student who undertakes a compulsory or recommended training period as part of your degree course and are already residing in Taiwan.
You are receiving financial support or scholarship for your degree course.
- You are confident in using standard office software (document processing, spreadsheets, e-mail, and internet browser).
- You must have a thorough knowledge of English. Knowledge of one other EU language is a plus.
- For citizens of EU member states or pre-accession states, a thorough knowledge of Chinese Mandarin, spoken and written (traditional characters), is a requirement.
Qualifications: Students in European studies will be considered by priority. Candidates with qualifications in law, political science, international relations and economics will be considered. However, we are also ready to take on trainees with other qualifications if they fit the current work demands of the Office. We cannot recruit trainees for subjects where a conflict of interests might occur, regardless of the candidate's prior professional experience or nationality.
All traineeships with the European Economic and Trade Office are based in Taipei.
There is no specific application form. If you wish to apply, please send:
- Application letter.
- Curriculum Vitae.
- Clear copy of your passport or identity card, stating your name, first name, date and place of birth, as well as your nationality.
- Reference letters (optional).
Attention: Please do NOT send originals of your diplomas etc. We will not return any documents provided with an application. Please do NOT attach copies of your PhD thesis, or any publications or studies you have published or have been involved in publishing.
If we accept your application, we will ask you to provide supporting documents for any university diplomas/degrees, ongoing studies, work experience, or other references declared in your application
5. Job description – Example
In relation to the subjects covered, trainees are in particular expected to:
- Prepare and write high quality reports.
- Collect reliable first-hand information for reporting, notably including Chinese language media and other sources.
- Establish and nurture high quality contacts in academia, administration, industry, research and other relevant levels of society which can provide reliable first-hand information.
- Attend and report on conferences and seminars.
- Organize missions for visitors to the Office.
- Organize and follow-up meetings with the Taiwanese administration, stakeholders, or other interlocutors.
- Ensure appropriate documentation and filing.
Please send you application to: DELEGATION-TAIWAN@eeas.europa.eu