European Union External Action

Compulsory traineeship for students at the EU Delegation to Switzerland and the principality of Liechtenstien - Trade and Economic Section

14/09/2020 - 17:13
Traineeships in Delegations

The deadline for submitting applications is 15 October 2020

Are you a university student interested in international relations?  Is a working experience part of your course?  Are you curious to learn more about work of a diplomatic mission and how the EU Delegation represents EU interests and values in Switzerland and the Principality of Liechtenstein?

What we offer?

A traineeship of 4 up to 6 months for students undertaking a compulsory traineeship as a part of their studies, within the Trade and Economic Section of the EU Delegation to Switzerland and the Principality of Liechtenstein, starting in February 2021, in compliance with local legislation.

Under the supervision and mentoring of an Administrator, this compulsory traineeship will provide a solid and meaningful learning content, notably by the prior identification of the specific skills to be acquired in relation with the studies of the candidates.

Main tasks:

  • Monitor and analyse economic and trade issues in relation to EU-Swiss relations
  • Contribute to notes for Headquarters
  • Participate in meetings and conferences

Qualification or special requirements:

  • excellent knowledge of English, French and German (working languages of the Delegation)
  • good knowledge of the Swiss political and economic system, as well as of European institutions

How to apply?

Please send the following documents to the e-mail address: :

  • A detailed Europass curriculum vitae (CV)
  • a cover letter describing why you want to participate in a EU traineeship
  • a University letter requesting a compulsory traineeship
  • and an application form

Please mention in the subject of your e-mail: Compulsory Traineeship – Trade and Economic Section

Important information

Before applying you are requested to examine the dedicated website as well as the general eligibility criteria for a compulsory traineeships (Article 9 of the Decision ADMIN(2017)28 - Unpaid compulsory traineeships for students already residing and studying in the host country)

All costs related to travel inside the country of residence, visa, insurance, accommodation and living expenses must be borne by either the trainee or the University.

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.

The Delegation informs that even if our Headquarters confirm the eligibility of the selected application, 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.