European Union External Action

Funded traineeship for young graduates at the EU Permanent Mission to the World Trade Organization

23/04/2021 - 10:08
Traineeships in Delegations

The deadline for submitting applications is 14/05/2021.

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

We offer:

A traineeship of 6 months within the Trade Section of the EU Permanent Mission to the WTO, starting in September 2021.

Main tasks:

  • Research and analysis relating to the legal, economic and political aspects of the WTO
  • Attending internal and external meetings, conferences, etc relating to the work of the Mission
  • Note-taking and reporting
  • Assistance with press and information activities
  • Support the social media work of the Delegation

We look for:

Qualifications or special requirements:

  • At least a Bachelors or preferably a Masters level university degree in a discipline directly relevant to international trade, law or economics
  • Previous experience or an otherwise demonstrated interest (e.g. academic work) in EU affairs and/or international trade
  • Knowledge and experience with communications and social media is an asset
  • Excellent drafting skills in English

How to apply?

Candidates must apply to the e-mail address Delegation-geneva-internship@eeas.europa.eu and send the following documents:

  • A detailed standard Europass curriculum vitae (CV)
  • (CVs in other format will not be considered)
  • a cover letter describing why you want to participate in a EU traineeship
  • and an application form 

Please mention in the subject of your e-mail: Funded Traineeship - Name/Acronym of the Section

Important information to read before applying

Before applying you are requested to examine the dedicated website as well as the general eligibility criteria for a paid traineeship (Article 8 of the Decision ADMIN(2017)28 – Paid traineeship)

Each selected trainee will receive a monthly grant to cover living expenses. All costs related to travel inside the country of residence, visa, insurance, accommodation must be borne by the trainee.

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.

Non-resident candidates must provide proof that they will be covered against the risk of a pandemic and the costs of repatriation.

The traineeships can only be offered in compliance with the local legislation as well as the legislation of the country of origin. In assessing the applications received, account will need to be taken of the COVID-19 situation and its possible effects on access possibilities to the country of assignment and thus candidates currently residing in country of assignment might be preferred.

The Delegation informs that even if our Headquarters confirm the eligibility of the selected candidate, traineeships could be postponed, suspended or even cancelled considering the very evolving context of the COVID-19 outbreak in the host country as well as in the country of origin. The same rule apply if a selected candidate is unable to reach the country of assignment.