Traineeship opportunities at the North-South Centre

Important information: the selection process for the second session of 2017 is now closed. Applications received after the 30th of April will be considered for the first session of 2018.

The North-South Centre of the Council of Europe offers traineeships twice a year for a period of three (minimum) to five (maximum) months. In 2018, the traineeship sessions will be as follows:


First session: between January 2018 June 2018 (deadline 31 October 2017)

Second session: between July 2018 December 2018 (Deadline: 30 April 2018)


Applications that are incomplete or received after the deadline will not be processed.

Who can apply?


Nationals of the member States of the North-South Centre and/or the Council of Europe.
Cant apply those who have already completed an internship at the Council of Europe or any of its institutions.



- Completion of higher education or successful completion of at least three years of university study;

- A very good knowledge of one of the Council of Europe's official languages (English and French) and a good knowledge of the other;

- Good drafting ability.



The duties to which trainees are assigned include assisting with the preparation of activities, research, different types of drafting and other day-to-day administrative tasks.



Unfortunately, the North-South Centre does not offer remunerated traineeships. The North-South Centre does however cover its trainees for medical and accident insurance during the traineeship period. Trainees are entitled to two days leave per month. The usual working hours are Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm.

How to apply?


Please fill in the Registration form available and follow instructions for sending CV an Motivation Letter.




All applications must be completed in either English or French. Applications received in other languages will not be taken into consideration.



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Contact us

North-South Centre of the Council of Europe
Rua de Sao Caetano, 32
1200-829 Lisbon, Portugal
Tel. (+351) 21 358 40 30
Fax (+351) 21 358 40 37 / 72

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