It’s a difficult world to get into, that of Diplomacy, and we at the Young Diplomats want to help you with an overview of some of the main opportunities in European Diplomacy for recently graduated Young Diplomats. All the information here is relevant for anyone interested in diplomacy, however when there are nationality limits or requirements, we will mention it below. Also make sure to look out for our wonderful events which will also be of great interest for all those looking to get into a diplomatic career, keep track of our events on our website, or on facebook and twitter!
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Page Last Updated: 17/01/2021
Upcoming application deadlines and useful career related events
29 January 2021
Application deadline for Bluebook traineeships
31 January 2021
Application deadline for JPD (EEAS)
X January 2021
College of Europe Networking Evening 2020-2021, 20.00-2200 PHS, Room A+B & Foyer
4-5 February 2021
26 February 2021
Virtual Careers Fair (organized by the College of Europe, LSE, Sciences Po), 8.00am – 11.00am
European Union Institutions
Twice a year, the Commission offers 5-month long paid, administrative or translation traineeships in EU Directorates, Institutions and Agencies. Starting on 1 March or 1 October, trainees gain hands-on experience in EU policymaking in a multicultural environment. Trainees work in the European Commission, its services and agencies, mostly in Brussels, but also in Luxembourg and elsewhere across and beyond the European Union. The nature of your work will depend on the service you are assigned to. You may, for example, work in the field of competition law, human resources, environmental policy. A bluebook traineeship offers unique insight into the processes and policies of the European Institutions, the opportunity to contribute to the day-to-day work of the Commission as well as to put academic theory into practice.
For the upcoming cycle of bluebook traineeships (1 October 2021 – 28 February 2022), applications are open from 5 January 2021 until 29 January 2021 (12:00, midday, Brussels time). The first cycle of 2022 lasts from 1 March 2022 until 31 July 2022.
More information on the application procedure
– Have completed a standard 3-year higher education degree (180 credits), corresponding to a complete bachelor’s cycle, or equivalent.
– Have no prior work experience of any kind, in excess of 6 weeks in any EU institution, body or agency, delegation, with Members of the European Parliament (MEPs), or Advocate Generals at the Court of Justice of the European Union (EUCJ).
– Have a very good knowledge of languages:
o For the administrative traineeship – you must have a very good knowledge (C1/2 level) of two EU official languages, one of which must be a procedural language: English or French or German. For non-EU nationals, only one procedural language is required.
o For the translation traineeship in the Directorate-General for Translation (DGT) – you must be able to translate into your main/target language (normally your mother tongue), from two other official EU languages (‘source languages’).
The United Nations
The UN Young Professionals Programme (YPP) is a recruitment initiative for talented, highly qualified professionals to start a career as an international civil servant within the UN Secretariat. It consists of an entrance examination process and professional development once successful candidates start their career with the UN. The YPP examination is held once a year in different subject areas, depending on the needs of the UN.
YPP is open to nationals of participating countries. The list of participating countries varies from year to year.
The application period typically opens in June each year. Those interested can apply via Inspira.
– Be a national of a participating country
– Hold at least a first-level university degree relevant for the exam
– Be 32 years old or younger in the year of examination
– Be fluent in either English or French
North Atlantic Treaty Organization
Find more information here
The NATO offers two Internship Programmes at its HQ in Brussels, the NATO-funded Programme (open once a year to all eligible candidates) as well as the GRANT-funded Programme (which will open again in 2021). The NATO Internship Programme has four main objectives:
- To provide the Organization with access to the latest theoretical and technical knowledge that the intern can apply through practical work assignments, as well as with additional staff resources.
- To provide interns with an opportunity to learn from the NATO community and get a better understanding and a more balanced view of the Organization.
- To contribute to creating a more diverse workforce.
- To expand an understanding of NATO in Alliance countries.
During the internship, an Induction programme and various briefings to provide an overview of NATO’s activities and structure are organized. The monthly briefings constitute a unique opportunity to meet and discuss topics of interest with highly experienced staff across the Alliance. Visits to external institutions are also part of the training programme.
NATO internship programmes include the following:
- NATO IS/IMS Internship Programme
- NATO Defense College Internship Programme
- SHAPE Internship Programme
- NSPA Internships
- HQ LC Internship Programme (Izmir)
- ACT Internship Programme
- NCI Agency Internship Programme
- HQ AIRCOM Internship Programme
- CSO Internship Programme
– Over 21 years of age
– Citizen of a NATO Member State.
– Be a university student (i.e. have completed at least two years successfully and are enrolled in your third year) or have obtained your highest degree less than a year ago
– Proficiency in one of the two official NATO languages (English and French), and a working knowledge of the other will be considered as an asset. Knowledge of other languages will be an advantage as specified in the internship description.
World Trade Organization
The WTO Internship Program provides an opportunity for post-graduate students from WTO member and observer countries to gain valuable experience from working at the WTO HQ in Geneva. Assignments given to interns are intended to enhance the individual’s understanding of the WTO and of trade policy more generally. However, internships include opportunities in other specialist areas, such as finance, human resources, language services, IT and communications, as well. The division to which the intern is assigned determines the precise nature of the work to be undertaken. Many interns work in the following areas:
- Trade law
- Trade policy
- Administration (procurement, finance, human resources)
- Information, communication and external relations
- Information management
Internships at the WTO last up to six months. Interns receive a daily allowance of CHF 60 (including week-ends and official holidays falling within the selected period).
– Be a national of a WTO member state or a country or customs territory engaged in accession negotiations
– Have completed his/her undergraduate studies in a relevant discipline and have completed at least one year of his/her postgraduate studies
– Be at least 21 years old and a maximum of 30 years old during the internship.
Other International Organization Traineeships
Twice per year the Council of Europe welcomes young graduates as trainees. This is a chance to gain valuable experience in a complex multi-cultural and stimulating work environment. The traineeships last from eight weeks to five months, can be undertaken in Strasbourg or in one of our field offices and are remunerated. The typical responsibilities given to trainees include research work; preparation of draft reports and studies for meetings of experts; drafting of meeting reports; assistance with work in hand; committee organization; and updating websites. The Council of Europe provides a comprehensive induction program for trainees which allows them to discover the structures, activities and international co-operation procedures followed by the Council of Europe, including the implementation of the European Convention on Human Rights. Trainees may attend conferences held within the Organization, sittings of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, and meetings that may take place during their stay in Strasbourg or in the field. There are two official traineeship sessions each year: (1) beginning in March until July (application deadline in September) and (2) September until January (application deadline in February).
– Have the nationality of one of the Council of Europe member states;
– Have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent (a diploma for the first cycle of higher education as defined in the Bologna Declaration).
– Have a desire to acquire practical experience and knowledge of the functioning and activities of the Council of Europe;
– Have a very good knowledge of one of the two Council of Europe official languages (English or French) together with good drafting ability. Good knowledge of the other official language is appreciated.
Links to job advertisements of various EU agencies, bodies and offices
Agency, body, office
GERMANY, Frankfurt am Main
GERMANY, Frankfurt am Main
THE NETHERLANDS, Maastricht
THE NETHERLANDS, Amsterdam
GREECE, Heraklion (Crete)
THE NETHERLANDS, The Hague
THE NETHERLANDS, The Hague
CZECH REPUBLIC, Prague
THE NETHERLANDS, The Hague