European Union External Action

Paid Traineeship for Young Graduates at the EU Delegation to Kazakhstan

19/06/2018 - 11:11
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 Kazakhstan? Are you available from October 2018 onwards? Then send your application today!

What do we offer?

We offer one paid traineeship of maximum 5 months within the Political Section of the EU Delegation to Kazakhstan.

Main tasks:

  • Gather and monitor daily incoming information;
  • Analyse political and human rights developments in Kazakhstan;
  • Assist in political reporting;
  • Draft background notes on specific issues;
  • Contribute to administrative tasks as required;
  • Assist in preparing the daily press review;
  • Attend conferences and seminars upon request and report back.


The ideal candidate should possess the following qualifications:

  • Some general knowledge of Kazakh politics and the human rights situation in Kazakhstan;
  • Excellent English language skills;
  • Good Russian language skills;
  • Ability to handle politically sensitive issues in a responsible manner;
  • Excellent analytical and drafting skills;

Selection process:

Short-listed candidates will be requested to take a written test, which will be done by e-mail. The applicants successfully passing the written test will be invited for a short interview by phone. After the interview, the offer will be made to the selected candidate.

How to apply?

Please send your cover letter (one A4 page maximum) and a CV (two A4 pages maximum) in English to the following email address:

In the cover letter, please outline to what extent you possess the qualifications listed above and are able to complete the main tasks.

The deadline for applications is 31 July 2018.

Please indicate both in the e-mail subject and your cover letter the "Paid Political Traineeship" reference as well as time period you would be available to undertake the traineeship. Please note that you must be available for a period of five months.

Documents required for the selected candidate:

  • University certificate
  • Language certificate(s)
  • Extract from the "judicial record"
  • Passport/ID card
  • Insurance certificate
  • Medical certificate
  • Proof of financing (if applicable)

N.B. These documents are not needed at the time of application, but only once the applicant has been selected.

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).

Unsuccessful candidates will be notified by email. The selected candidate will be requested to provide the documents required for the selected candidate. In case the selected candidate is not able to present the required documents, his/her candidacy will be rejected.

The selected trainee will receive a monthly grant to cover living expenses. For 2018 this amount is EUR 1,200/month. However, costs related to travel, insurance, accommodation and visa must be borne by the trainee.

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