European Union External Action


19/06/2019 - 12:46
Traineeships in Delegations

The deadline for submitting applications is: 5 July 2019, 17.00 hrs (Sri Lankan time)

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 Sri Lanka and to the Maldives?

What do we offer?

A traineeship of up to 6 months within the Political, Trade and Communication Section of the EU Delegation to Sri Lanka and the Maldives, starting date between 12th August 2019 and 2nd September 2019. 
The Section manages the political and trade cooperation of the EU Delegation with Sri Lanka and the Maldives.

Main tasks:

  • Assist the Section in supporting overall EU-Sri Lanka trade and investment relations
  • Support monitoring and follow-up to the GSP+ process with Sri Lanka
  • Assist in analysis of economic and trade policies
  • Take notes and draft reports, briefing notes or background analyses on specific issues, etc;
  • Contribute to the preparation of meetings
  • The list of tasks can be adjusted in view of the qualifications and interest of the intern; 

Qualifications / requirements:

  • Masters's degree (or higher) in a relevant field (law, political science, economics, geography, media, business, international relations, international development or similar)
  • Good knowledge of economic and trade policies; knowledge of the functioning and policies of the European Union; basic knowledge of and interest in the work of the European Union in Sri Lanka and the Maldives;
  • Excellent analytical, communication and drafting skills in English
  • Excellent computer literacy and creative spirit
  • Willingness and ability to work in a multicultural environment
  • Knowledge of local languages and context would be an asset

How to apply?

Send the following documents to the e-mail address:

Please mention in the subject of your e-mail: Funded Traineeship – Political, Trade and Communications Section

Important information

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.


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