Every year year, the Committee of the Regions (CoR) offers a limited number of traineeships to young citizens from Europe and elsewhere, giving them the opportunity to gain work experience in a European institution. They can apply for an internship at the CoR or for a short study visit.
Traineeships at the CoR
Each year, the CDR offers young university graduates a limited number of five-month traineeships. These training courses include work experience in one of the services of the Committee of the Regions and run from 16 February to 15 July (spring training courses) or from 16 September to 15 February (autumn training courses).
The aim of organising traineeships at the CoR is:
- to provide first-hand experience of the functioning of the CoR and the EU institutions in general;
- to provide practical knowledge of the functioning of their departments;
- work in a multicultural and multilingual environment;
- to allow fellows the opportunity to organise a study visit to a European local or regional authority, in relation to the Committee’s political priorities;
- enable pupils to develop and put into practice the knowledge acquired during their studies or professional career.
Apprentices are selected from among nationals of EU Member States. However, a limited number of third-country nationals may be accepted.
- hold a university degree (or equivalent) issued on the closing date for the submission of applications;
- have a thorough knowledge of one official Community language and a satisfactory knowledge of another EU working language (French or English).
CoR pupils are entitled to a monthly grant. The amount of the grant is equivalent to 25% of the salary of AD*5 officials (step 1), equivalent to approximately €1,190, at the beginning of the traineeship for the entire five-month period. A monthly supplement of €100 is granted to married apprentices whose spouses are not gainfully employed and to apprentices with dependent children (€100 per child per month). A supplementary grant of up to half of the monthly grant may be awarded to a disabled apprentice.
– From 1 October to 31 March at midnight, Brussels local time, in the same year (for autumn traineeships, from 16 September to 15 February);
– 1 April to 30 September, midnight, Brussels local time, of the previous year (for spring traineeships, 16 February to 15 July).
Short-term study visits
CDR also offers short-term study visits as part of one of its services to persons whose professional, academic or other activities are of interest to them.
(b) The Committee shall be informed of any research findings indicating that they are familiar with the practical operation and/or policies of the Committee. The nature of the tasks to be performed by students depends largely on the unit to which they are assigned; while some units are more political, others are more administrative.
- EU citizens or citizens of an official candidate country for accession (the Secretary-General may grant applicants from third countries a traineeship in duly motivated exceptional cases);
- university graduates who have completed at least one degree;
- be able to demonstrate that they need to deepen their knowledge of the Committee of the Regions for reasons relating to professional, academic or research activities.
All expenditure during the study period will be borne by the beneficiaries: they will not receive any subsidy or other financial support from the CoR. The maximum duration of the short study visit is 4 months, but may be extended to 6 months depending on the resources available at the CoR.