With the aim of enabling European citizens to familiarise themselves with the European institutions, the General Secretariat of the Council offers various types of traineeships:
- paid traineeships
- compulsory training period as part of a student's studies
- traineeships reserved for national officials.
These traineeship possibilities are aimed chiefly at new graduates from universities or equivalent higher-education establishments. They are for nationals of the EU Member States.
For nationals of a State that is a candidate for accession, currently in negotiations, traineeship possibilities are limited to national officials.
Trainees will be attached to a department and work as part of the team to which they are assigned. They may be required, for instance, to attend meetings of working parties (and possibly Coreper and Council meetings), draft minutes or carry out preparatory work or research on a particular subject. It should be noted that the languages most used at the General Secretariat of the Council are French and English.
PROVISIONS RELATING TO TRAINEESHIPS
Leaflet on Traineeships in the Council of the European Union
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