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Traineeships (period September 2019-June 2020)

From September 2019, the European Union Institute for Security Studies (EUISS) is seeking to recruit seven trainees to assist in its research and outreach activities. This will provide an opportunity for selected candidates to build research skills, to develop experience working in an agency of the European Union; gain exposure to policy-oriented research; and deepen the understanding of European foreign policy mechanisms and priorities. The traineeship promises to be an interesting and rewarding opportunity for career and personal development. Throughout the traineeship, trainees will closely work with a designated member of the research team (the Deputy Director, a Senior Analyst, Associate Analyst or the Brussels Executive Officer for one of the trainees based in Brussels).

Five trainees will be based at the EUISS Paris Headquarters and two trainees will be based in the Brussels Liaison Office.

The duties and responsibilities of trainees will include:

  • Desk and library research on topics selected by the Senior Analyst;
  • Preparation of research dossiers, write-up of material, completing/updating of the mapping of research topics;
  • Assistance in the organisation of events, including performance of administrative tasks, logistical support, finding and contacting speakers, preparing conference agendas and material, taking notes etc.;
  • Event-related research support, if needed;
  • Updating of EUISS databases and mapping contacts;
  • Other related duties as required.

For the 2019-2020 traineeship programme, the required domains of expertise are:

  • Asia;
  • Cybersecurity and cyber diplomacy (Brussels Liaison Office);
  • European foreign, security, and defence policy (Brussels Liaison Office);
  • Justice and Home Affairs;
  • Russia and the eastern neighbourhood;
  • Sub-Saharan Africa;
  • Middle East and North Africa.

When submitting their applications, candidates are obliged to select one domain of expertise only.

Eligibility criteria and required competencies

- Nationality:

Candidates must be citizens of an EU member state.

- Education:

Candidates must possess a Master’s degree in political science, international relations, economics, or a related field at the time of the traineeship’s beginning.

- Linguistic skills:

Candidates must be completely fluent in English and have a thorough knowledge of at least one other EU language.

- Core competencies:

  • Experience in doing data gathering and research;
  • Computer literacy;
  • Some previous relevant work experience will be considered an asset;
  • Proven analytical and report writing skills will be considered an asset.

-  Behavioural competencies:

  • Highly organised and self-motivated;
  • Creativity, flexibility and ability to work to deadlines;
  • Maturity, initiative, tact and high sense of responsibility;
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a multinational team.


- Duration:

The traineeship will be for a period of 10 months, running from the beginning of September 2019 to the end of June 2020 (at the moment of sending the offer to selected candidates, the EUISS reserves the right to adjust the starting date).

- Location:

Five trainees will be based at the EUISS headquarters in Paris and two at the EUISS Brussels Liaison Office.

- Stipend:

Trainees will be awarded a stipend of €1,300 per calendar month. Paris-based trainees will receive an additional €200 as a cost-of-living adjustment.

- Other conditions:

Trainees are expected to be present at the Institute during normal working hours, although justified absences may be authorised. Trainees are entitled to 1.5 day’s leave per month, as well as statutory holidays.

Health and accident insurance is compulsory. The EUISS does not provide such insurance. Proof of insurance must be presented to the EUISS at the latest on the first day of the traineeship and should be valid for the entire period of the traineeship.

The EUISS regrets that it cannot pay for travel expenses or accommodation, nor can it assist trainees in finding accommodation in Paris or Brussels.

The deadline for applications is Tuesday, 30 April 2019, 14:00 CET. Applications received after this deadline will not be considered.

Instructions for applicants:

  • Complete the online application form;
  • Attach a detailed CV in English (.pdf or .doc/x);
  • Attach a cover letter in English addressed to the EUISS Director, outlining the reasons for the candidate’s interest in the Institute’s traineeship programme and the applicant’s main strengths.

All applicants will be informed of the results of their application by the end of the procedure.

Click here to download the rules governing the traineeship programme at the EUISS.

The processing of personal data by the EUISS is governed by Regulation (EU) 2018/1725 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 23 October 2018 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data by the Union institutions, bodies, offices and agencies and on the free movement of such data, and repealing Regulation (EC) N° 45/2001 and Decision N° 1247/2002/EC. By submitting an application for a traineeship, the applicant consents to the processing of the personal data contained in the application form and the supporting documents enclosed therewith, in the sense of Article 5 (a) of the Regulation. The personal data in question is collected by the EUISS for the sole purpose of the selection of trainees.