European Union External Action

Funded traineeship for young graduates at the EU Delegation to the International Organizations in Vienna – UN Section

01/06/2021 - 08:51
Traineeships in Delegations

The deadline for submitting applications is 18th of June 2021 at noon.

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 UN and other International Organisations in Vienna?

We offer:

A traineeship of up to 5 months within the UN Section of the EU Delegation to the International Organizations in Vienna, starting in September 2021.

The UN Section assists the Head of Delegation (HoD) in the performance of his role as Ambassador of the EU towards Vienna-based International Organisations (excluding the OSCE). The Section covers a dense multilateral agenda, inter alia, on nuclear issues, drugs and crime, outer space, development, and export controls. The daily tasks of the Section include chairing of EU coordination meetings, conducting outreach to international organisations and third countries, drafting EU statements, representing the EU in international fora, and preparing internal briefing notes as well as reports for the European External Action Service (EEAS) and the European Commission. The UN Section is also actively engaged in public diplomacy efforts showcasing tangible results of EU action in support of the rules-based multilateral system.

Main tasks:

  • Assisting permanent staff in the preparation of meetings and other diplomatic activities
  • Assisting in the drafting of briefings, reports, statements and other documents
  • Participating and note-taking in meetings
  • Assisting in public diplomacy activities.

We look for:

Qualifications or special requirements:

  • A master`s degree in a relevant discipline, e.g. International Politics, European Studies etc.
  • A demonstrated interest in the EU`s external action and international politics, specifically the UN.
  • Experience in the drafting of policy documents, note-taking and drafting of meeting reports.
  • Excellent English language skills.
  • Experience working for a related International Organisation or a diplomatic Mission in that context as well as the ability to work in other UN languages would be assets.

How to apply?

Candidates must apply to the e-mail address  as well as to 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 – UN Section

(you may only apply to 1 traineeship per delegation, however based on your profile, the delegation could offer you a traineeship in another 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.