Traineeship opportunities at the North-South Centre

Important information: the call for applications is open for the first session of 2016. The selection process is in progress until 31 October 2015. The pre-selected candidates for an interview will receive a notification.

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 2016, the traineeship sessions will be as follows:


First session: between January 2016 July 2016 (deadline 31 October 2015)

Second session: between August 2016 December 2016 (Deadline: 30 April 2016)


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 send your CV and motivation letter to Please specify which session and the number of months you are applying for.
Our fields of activity are:
- Youth Co-operation Programme
- Women Empowerment Programme
- Global Education
- Central unit
Please indicate the area in which you would like to do your internship. All applications must be completed in either English or French.
Applications received in other languages will not be taken into consideration.