The European External Action Service (EEAS) and the European Commission (EC) have established a high-level traineeship programme which gives an opportunity to highly qualified junior professionals from the EU Members State to work in the EU Delegations worldwide.
The programme aims to enable young people to gain a first-hand experience in the work of Delegations and an in-depth understanding of their role in the implementation of EU external policies.
Every 24 months, the EEAS and EC open a call for expression of interest.
For the current round 2019-2021, there are 80 young professionals posted in different EU Delegations.
The starting of the traineeships will be between September/October 2021.
Who can apply
Candidates applying should:
- be a national from an EU Member State,
- hold at least a university degree equivalent to a Master’s degree in a domain relevant to the activities of the Delegations;
- have excellent command of English and/or French; knowledge of other languages is an asset;
- show a great interest and motivation to work in a Delegation;
- professional experience, extra-curriculum activities such as volunteering or publications, is an important asset.
Where are the candidates posted
Junior Professional can work in one of the 143 EU Delegations and can be posted, depending on the nature of their tasks, in:
- the EEAS sections – for political, press and information functions;
- the EC sections – for aid management, trade, economic issues, etc.
Number of Traineeship positions in 2021
The EEAS and the EC will finance minimum 54 JPDs posts (2 per Member State) for the round 2021-2023: 27 JPDs positions in the political, press and information section (EEAS) and 27 in the aid management, trade and economic issues (EC).
Additional posts might be financed through voluntary contributions of EU Member States.
How to apply
Applications shall be addressed exclusively to the authorities designated by each EU Member State.
The modalities for presenting applications to the respective national authorities are determined by the EU Member States and should be made available on their relevant websites.
Applicants can only apply in one Member State. In case of multiple applications, the candidate will be disqualified.
In their application, candidates will have to provide information on their academic achievements, knowledge of languages, professional experience, extra-curriculum activities and motivation and indicate 3 geographical preferences for their potential assignment as well as the function they are applying for:
- political, press and information;
- aid management, trade and economic issues functions.
31 January 2021.