Internships reserved for governmental officials

What is the purpose?

  • To bring stakeholder knowledge and experience to the policy processes of the CoR
  • To provide practical knowledge/feedback of the workings of the CoR to the local and regional levels
  • To give a general idea of the objectives of European cooperation and integration through the work of the CoR
  • To provide the opportunity to work in a multicultural, multilingual environment.

Who can apply?

Officials from local, regional or national authorities in Member States of the European Union or from a country which is an official accession candidate, including civil servants who are enrolled in a governmental training programme.

Candidates should be professionals working in a post with duties corresponding to the level of an EU Administrator.

For operational and practical reasons the candidates should have a thorough knowledge of French or English, the main working languages of the Committee of the Regions.

How to apply?

  • The candidate sends his/her CV and a letter stating the reasons for the application and indicating the choice of preferred department
  • If the application is accepted, the following obligatory documents will be requested:
    • a document which confirms that the applicant is employed by the sending authority and that the latter agrees with a traineeship at the CoR
    • a copy of the passport or identity card, giving the surname, first name, date and place of birth and nationality
    • proof of knowledge of at least one of the CoR's main working languages (English or French)
    • proof of obligatory health insurance cover

These documents must be sent by post or electronically to the Traineeships Office.

How long does it last?

A governmental traineeship is granted for a period of one to four months. The Secretary General may allow an extension up to six months. The start of the programme is decided together with the participating official.

Expenses and insurance

Health insurance and remuneration are provided by the sending institution.

Health insurance is compulsory and is not paid for by the CoR.

Accident insurance is set out in the insurance policy covered by the CoR. The CoR covers the entire relevant insurance premium.