Delegation of the European Union to Ukraine


21/12/2018 - 14:35
Traineeships in Delegations

Are you a young graduate interested in international relations? Are you curious to learn more about work in a diplomatic mission and how an EU Delegation represents EU interests and values in Ukraine?

What do we offer?

A traineeship of six months starting in February-March 2019 in the Political Section of the EU Delegation to Ukraine, subject to availability of the budget.

The Political Section of the Delegation of the European Union to Ukraine is in charge of developing analysis and recommendations for HQ related to:

  • political developments in the country;
  • the reform process, including the implementation of the Association Agreement between the EU and Ukraine:
  • Ukraine's foreign and security policies;
  • the conflict in eastern Ukraine, its socio-economic consequences, and diplomatic efforts to solve it.

The intern will be fully embedded in the work of the section, receive direct exposure to the EU activities in Ukraine, and be provided with a unique occasion to understand from inside the work of an EU Delegation in a third country.

Main tasks:

  • development of analysis of political landscape in Ukraine, in particular in the electoral period;
  • Data gathering and analysis of social and economic indicators in the country;
  • Participate in internal and external meetings/events and report about them;
  • Assist the work of the Political Section as necessary.

Mandatory requirements

  • Bachelor degree in political science, sociology, economics or related field;
  • Very good command of Ukrainian and/or Russian language;
  • Very good command of spoken and written English;
  • Very good command of main IT editing and presentation software;
  • Proven interest for EU affairs and neighbourhood policies;
  • Proven networking skills;
  • Capacity to work independently, with attention to details.

Additional requirements that would be an asset

  • Completed or ongoing master studies in international relations or related field;
  • Experience in parliamentary affairs and electoral monitoring;
  • Knowledge of Ukraine's institutional system and political landscape;
  • Experience in analysis of economic and sociological data;
  • Experience in working in a team and in coordinating inputs from various colleagues.

How to apply?

Please send your detailed curriculum vitae and a motivational letter by 11 January 2019, 12:00 noon Kyiv local time (date of receipt) to the following email address

Before applying you are requested to examine the general eligibility criteria 

for traineeships (Article 8 of the Decision ADMIN(2017)28 - Paid traineeship for young graduates)

Each selected trainee will receive a monthly grant to cover living expenses. However costs related to travel, insurance, accommodation and visa must be borne by the trainee.

Visa: The working conditions and the status of the trainee in the host country should be in full conformity with the local legislation. Hence, maximal possible time to do the internship for EU citizens is restricted within 90 days (no visa required period) unless an EU citizen candidate already resides in Ukraine. The internship period shall be limited by the official term of such residency.  The Delegation cannot provide any visa support for a candidate who intends to do internship at the Delegation. Expatriate trainees have to register with their national Consulate or Embassy or any other resident diplomatic representation competent for their nationality.

Applications from non-eligible candidates will not be considered. After the evaluation of all applications, shortlisted candidates will be contacted and invited for an interview. Unsuccessful candidates will be notified by email. In case the selected candidate is not able to present the required documents, his/her candidacy will be rejected.

Recruitment of the selected candidate is subject to budget availability.

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