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Involving young people in the EU decision-making process is precisely the aim of the CoR traineeship programme.
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Cicero traineeships

As a CoR trainee, you will be witnessing first-hand the dynamics of a multilingual and multinational institution. Within a small group of trainees, you will not only be able to work across a wide range of EU policy aspects, but you will also have the unique possibility to create an event by yourself!

Thanks to the unique YFactor scheme, trainees are invited to carry out project work addressing issues that are relevant for European regions and cities. Whether you decide to work on a conference, a podcast, or an eBook – as a CoR trainee your creativity will be challenged and encouraged!

  • 5 months
  • Full time / 40 hours per week
  • Workplace in Brussels, Belgium
  • Paid by grant (approx. 1280 euros/month)
  • Preferred choice between 3 of the CoR's departments
  • Travel and mobility allowance
  • Health insurance cover optional
  • Accident insurance included

Calendar

Spring Session:16 February to 15 July

Application period: 1 July to 30 September (midnight, Brussels time) of the previous year
Pre-selection and interviews: November
Selection: December

Autumn Session: 16 September to 15 February

Application period: 1 January to 31 March (midnight, Brussels time) of the same year
Pre-selection and interviews: May
Selection: June
Warning: We recommend that you avoid applying close to the deadline, as high data traffic could mean that your application may not reach us on time. We can not accept any applications that were not sent on time, or not submitted electronically.

Who are we looking for?

  • EU citizens
  • Citizens from third countries (including the UK) can also apply, and may be selected in exceptional cases, notably if their candidature is of particular interest to the CoR and if they comply with the requirements under national immigration law for residing and working legally in Belgium
  • University graduates who have obtained a full undergraduate academic degree, or have completed at least the third year of higher education (university or equivalent), by the closing date for applications
  • Candidates who are fluent in one EU language and have satisfactory knowledge of French or English
  • Candidates that have NOT yet received more than 8 weeks of in-house placement (whether paid or unpaid) in a European institution, body, delegation or representative office or who have had any form of employment in a European institution or body shall not be accepted

How to apply?

  • Choose your preferred CoR department (up to 3 possible)
  • Make sure that you fill in the mandatory fields, only provide correct information and check before you submit your application

Note: You will still be able to make changes to your form before the application deadline.

Note: False statements will lead to rejection of the application or cancellation of the traineeship.

Note: You are allowed to submit only one application per traineeship period.

Do you have what it takes? Use our Application form and apply now!– Registration will open 04/01/2023

Study visits

Students looking to finalise their work project, or who are curious about how local and regional authorities contribute to EU legislation in fields such as Citizenship, Cohesion, Climate Change, Public Procurement and Security are welcome to apply for a study visit. Study visits are an excellent opportunity to discover the geographical dimension of EU policies. Moreover, they provide the occasion to reinforce academic preparation with first-hand experience with the work of an EU consultative body.
In order to be accepted for a study visit, applicants must either:

  • provide proof of funding from another body, such as a university, a public / private body or NGO, in the form of a scholarship, grant, etc.
  • or provide proof that the study visit is an integral part of their education (for example, if the study visit is required as part of thesis research or to complete the course of studies)
  • 1-4 months, extendable up to 6 months depending on the resources available
  • Starting date is agreed upon with the candidate
  • Full time / 40 hours a week
  • Workplace in Brussels, Belgium
  • Health insurance cover is not provided
  • Accident insurance included

Who are we looking for?

  • EU citizens

    Note: Citizens from third countries (including the UK) may apply and may be selected in exceptional cases, notably if their candidature is of particular interest to the CoR and if they comply with requirements under national immigration law for residing and working legally in Belgium

  • Candidates who hold at least a Bachelor's degree (or have completed half of a Bachelor's degree deemed relevant to the CoR's work)
  • Candidates who are fluent in one EU language and have satisfactory knowledge of French or English

Upon request you will need to provide:

  • Legible copy of your passport or identity card
  • Proof of obligatory health insurance cover for the whole study visit
  • Copy of your Bachelor's diploma or a certificate attesting that you have successfully completed, at the start of the study visit, at least half of the training cycle related to a Bachelor's degree which is deemed relevant to CoR activities
  • Copies of proof of professional experiences mentioned in your application

Do you have what it takes? Use our Application form​ and apply now!

Study visit for Ukrainian nationals in the CIVEX Commission of the CoR

Within the CoR activities related to the support provided to Ukraine, the CoR is pleased to welcome 1 study visit candidate within the CIVEX Commission.

To learn more about this opportunity and check eligibility criteria, please consult this document.

Study visits for government officials

The scheme is open to staff or trainees from a national, regional or local public authority of an EU Member State and may give both the CoR and the official's employing institution the opportunity to enhance collaboration and networking opportunities. Moreover, officials participating in this type of exchange scheme may have the opportunity to gain insights into the work of the CoR while at the same time developing their skills, competencies and knowledge.

  • 2-6 months, Director in charge of Human Resources may authorise an extension for a total period of twelve months
  • Starting date is agreed upon with the candidate
  • Full time / 40 hours
  • Workplace in Brussels, Belgium
  • Unpaid, all expenses to be covered by the participant or their sending authority
  • Accident insurance covered by the CoR

Who can apply?

  • Staff or trainees from a national, regional or local public authority of an EU member state

    Note: Citizens from third countries (including the UK) may apply and may be selected in exceptional cases, notably if their candidature is of particular interest to the CoR and if they comply with requirements under national immigration law for residing and working legally in Belgium

  • Candidates who hold at least a Bachelor's degree (or have completed half the cycle of a Bachelor's degree deemed relevant to the CoR's work)
  • Candidates who work in a position at a level and with content corresponding to the duties performed by EU staff within the CoR
  • Excellent knowledge of French or English

Upon request you will need to provide:

  • Confirmation of employment by the sending authority and its agreement to a study visit at the CoR
  • Proof of obligatory health insurance cover for the whole study visit period
  • Copies of relevant diplomas and/or official certificates mentioned in your application
  • Copies of proof of professional experiences mentioned in your application

How to apply?

  • Choose your preferred CoR department (up to 3 possible)
  • Make sure that you fill in the mandatory fields, only provide correct information and check before you submit your application

Note: False statements will lead to rejection of the application or cancellation of the traineeship.

Note: You are allowed to submit only one application.

Do you have what it takes? Use our Application form​ and apply now!

Testimonials

Kimberly Orinx

This traineeship is a unique opportunity to work in an international environment and discover the institutions from the inside!

Kimberly Orinx, Protocol Service, Belgium 

Florian Klee

Don't be afraid of joining what might appear to be a bureaucratic institution - in reality the countless office doors hide friendly colleagues who appreciate your contribution and personal interests.

Florian Klee, Cabinet of the Secretary General, Germany 

Szilvia Fejes

Being involved in the work of a smaller institution like the CoR gives you the opportunity to see how the EU works in practice.

Szilvia Fejes, Unit A1 Services to members and eCoR, Hungary 

Myriam Zöllner

Working for the Renew Europe group in the CoR is like being a part of a big family, as your team not only tries to make your traineeship as valuable as possible, but your performance is wanted and very much valued.

Myriam Zöllner, Renew Europe group in the CoR, Germany 

Valeria Núñez Morpurgo

The traineeship has been a good opportunity to consilidate my professional skills and expand my knowledge in the field of European affairs.

Valeria Núñez Morpurgo, Unit C3 SEDEC Commision, Spain/Italy 

Simonas Obcarskas

At the start, if you do your traineeship in one of the political groups, you will be overwhelmed with the wide variety of topics discussed and tasks given to you.

Simonas Obcarskas, EA political group, Lithuania 

Vanessa Pogacnik Murillo

Expect a lot of variety and flexibility from your traineeship at the CoR. You will be warmly welcomed to your team, then get given lots of tasks. But don't fret: You'll find help should you require it.

Vanessa Pogacnik Murillo, Unit B3 Civex Commission, Germany/Slovenia/Mexico 

Wiebke Krieger

I was given the opportunity to grow with the tasks assigned to me and expand my skills in multiple areas, My opinion was valued from the first dayand I was able to contribute actively to my unit's progress.

Wiebke Krieger, Unit D3 Communication, Germany 

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